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National ENERGY GLOBE Award United Republic of Tanzania 2017

Submitted by: Powering Potential Inc.
Project: Solar/Computer Lab-Phase 2

Addressing the educational gaps by collaborating at the local level with existing schools to upgrade their education and their educational resources by providing hardware and software learning materials to improve student´s opportunities.

Initial situation
Schools are woefully underfunded, lacking the resources needed to provide students with the education they need for successful employment. In Tanzania the NEET rate (neither in employment, nor in education) of young people is higher than 30%. This is attributed to the fact that the majority of the secondary schools are in remote areas lacking electricity, facing severe shortages of educational resources and to underpaid, underqualified and often unmotivated teachers.

Solution
Installation of solar power, affordable ICT (= Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure, energy efficient hardware and sustainable technology to improve student´s learning outcomes. Shifting parent´s expectations of what learning should entail can provide communities with optimistic future expectations.

Innovation
The use of electricity-saving computers allows an efficient use of the solar energy system. Open-source software and the supply of an offline digital library as well as an offline library (RACHEL), that has been compiled by World Possible, provide a reliable access to information. The Pi-oneer, a Pi computer loaded with the offline library, paired with a small projector recharged with solar energy has been designed and implemented as a portable medium for teachers to use during lesson.

Involved partners
Tanzanian government

Jury-Rating
Education is essential for a good life standard. The lack of learning material leads to a high NEET rate. This project helps to increase the opportunities for economic progression, it has improved student´s learning outcomes and provided communities with a more optimistic set of expectations for their children´s future.



Capital: Dodoma
Official language: Swahili, English
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