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Energy Globe World Award 2019

Finalist in the category Youth



Project:
Educating through Technology (Raspberry PI Computer Labs)
Submitted by:
Potential Enhancement Foundation
Country:
United Republic of Tanzania


In this inspiring project, environment protection, the use of technologies and education are combined. A tool called Pi-oneer is used which is an innovative teaching tool consisting of a Raspberry Pi computer and offline educational content. Solar energy is the source of electric power which is perfect for the remote areas where the project is implemented.

Initial situation
Many schools in Tanzania are still not connected to the national grid and therefore don’t have electricity. This is also one of the reasons why people who are interested in technologies leave their villages and go to live in towns where they hope to find a better future.

Solution
Instruction videos from the Khan Academy, e-books from the project Gutenberg, encyclopedias and other content can now be displayed in the classrooms. The teachers are provided with a mobile projector and a solar recharging unit. Next to the better education which is now available in 29 schools, a side effect of the project is that the people can see the advantages of solar energy with their own eyes and start to use it in their homes too.

Innovation
The project provides a unique tool called Pi-oneer, an innovative teaching tool consisting of a Raspberry Pi computer with RACHEL offline educational content that includes Khan Academy videos, as well as a mobile projector and a solar recharging unit. Teachers can take the Pi-oneer into their classrooms and display educational videos and other visual teaching materials to their students. More than twenty schools in Tanzania have a Pi-oneer.

Category Youth

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