Adharshila proposes to set up solar powered computer center to provide access to computer education and internet based learning facilities to children from underprivileged families that the School caters to. Nearly 400 children studying at Adharshila middle and high school and nearly 600 children studying at Adharshila's satellite schools in 13 nearby villages will benefit from the centre. It will help to improve their job prospects and provide opportunities for self-learning.
The area does not have regular and reliable electricity supply, and gets electricity usually for 4 to 8 hours in the late evening/night. Computer literacy is critical for shifting Adharshila School graduates to a higher entry level in the job market. There is no computer training centre in a radius of 50 km, and due to extreme poverty, our students are unable to learn at the centres in distant cities of the region.
Setting up a solar power unit will enable Adharshila to run a functional computer center, and reduce the costs, noise and pollution involved in working with diesel-powered generator. With access to solar power, a full-fledged computer lab can be made operational and sustainable, and we will not need to limit the computer learning hours available to students.
Every year, hundreds of students studying at Adharshila Schools and other children in nearby villages will be able to access computer education. The computer center can also be used to offer training to unemployed school dropouts. Adharshila has already obtained a dedicated broadband internet connection a few months ago, and the availability of solar power at the computer center will open new spaces for self-directed learning and new livelihood opportunities for these children.