First Installation in the TanzSolar Solar-Schools ProgramReport Date: December 2012TanzSolar has completed the first Solar-School Installation in the Mara region innorthern Tanzania. The project provides solar-generated electricity to a ruralschool; the Tegaruka Secondary School. This school, like all secondary schools inthe Mara region, had no electricity and no access to an electric grid.This is the first of many such planned installations, and was completed throughthe support of the US organizations Africa Solar Fund, Friends FoundationInternational (www.friendsfoundationinternational.org), Kansha Foundation(www.kanshafoundation.org) and the Clio Paul Foundation.There is an education crisis in Tanzania, with only a small percentage of studentswho attend primary school going on to secondary school, and even those studentsare not receiving an adequate education in secondary school. Nationallyapproximately 440,000 students start secondary school in Form 1 and onlyapproximately 20,000 make it to the final year of secondary school, finishing Form6. (www.mashule.com/educationdata) That’s less than 5%. One of the primaryreasons given by the teachers locally is that the students have no way to study in theevenings.One report concludes “The biggest challenges facing these (public secondary)schools, whose students are mostly from poor families, include acute shortage ofteachers, laboratories and books of all categories.” Tanzania Daily News,19 MAY2012.TanzSolar has performed a survey of several rural secondary schools in the Mararegion, and has concluded that one of the highest impact strategies is to bringelectricity and, eventually, internet access to these rural schools. The severe lackof qualified teachers is due, in part, to the remote locations and lack of services atthese schools. Many of the teachers are housed on-campus with no access to power,not even enough to charge their mobile phones.TanzSolar has provided a central photovoltaic system with batteries for storageand an advanced, internet-enabled inverter and charging system for the campus.This equipment is powering lights in 2, large classrooms for evening study andcommunity events. There is security lighting for the campus as well as lights andoutlets in the administrative office and the teachers lounge. In addition TanzSolarhas installed smaller PV power systems for the teachers domiciles, providing LEDlights and cell phone charging.Mr. Mahende Matiku, assistant headmaster of Tegaruka Secondary School, hassaid that the entire community is very, very happy with the solar electric systemsinstalled at their school. Now we will all be watching to see how the students testscores and teacher retention are impacted by this technological transformation.
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