This project will provide electricity to 1,500 African school children over the 10-year life of the solar electric system, so they may extend learning time, have access to a computer and provide the teachers with online resources. TanzSolar will provide educational resources, maintenance and system monitoring.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Most rural Tanzanian school children attend schools with no electricity leaving them without power for lighting, computers, internet, printers and more. This has huge implications on their education. Without lighting they have very limited reading and studying times, without computers they cannot learn computer skills, without internet they are cut off from a world of free teaching tools and resources, without printers it is very difficult for teachers to create critical educational materials.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will provide solar-electric power to one middle school, providing 450 Tanzanian children with a better education in the first year and 120 additional children every year thereafter. It is expected that extended learning time, access to computers and to the internet, and an increased amount and quality of printed materials will greatly improve the level of education for these students, which will give them the tools them to lift themselves out of poverty.
Potential Long Term Impact
TanzSolar will monitor the national test scores at the school. These scores determine which students are selected for advanced education, which in turn largely determines their level of poverty. Currently only a few of the students in all of rural Musoma receive test scores in the top two tiers. Increasing the number of students going on to higher education will benefit the whole community economically. These electricity systems will be maintained and will benefit generations of students.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,112
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,888
Total Funding Goal: $12,000