Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Low enrolment and funding is common in the education systems across the region. Increasing the access and quality of education is vital to increasing opportunities for individuals and propelling national development. Due to conditions in the schools, such as overcrowding, many of the schools in the target areas operate on a shift basis with Junoir Secondary School students attending in the morning and Senoir Secondart School students in the afternoon. As such much of the learning is conducted through after school programmes and through group study sessions. Providing lighting for these classes dramatically increases the access to learning opportunities for students and creates as safe and secure atmosphere for group study.
This is even more critical in rural communities were students often camp at the schools in the weeks prior to standardised testing periods. The two tests, Basic Education Certification Exam (BECE) and West Africa West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) are required for promotion from Junior Secondary School to Senior Secondary School and from Senior Secondary School to university/college respectively and prepatory classes supported through these energy services can significantly improve results.
Similarly, modern society requires that students have skills such as computer literacy and these types of programs are simply not possible without a reliable energy supply.
The objective of this programme is to provide solar powered electricity to seventeen Junior and Senior Secondary Schools across the three target Districts of Northern Sierra Leone. Each of these are test centres and serve catchment populations far exceeding the enrolment of the individual schools. An additional thirteen computer labs will be installed and staff trained to provide basic computer skills to the students. At selected sites, a charging station will also be installed to create revenue for the school that can support maintenance and other expenditures.
- Selecting of schools in conjunction with local partners
- Installation of specifically designed solar systems for each of the seventeen schools
- Installation of specifically designed computer labs for each of the seventeen schools
- Training of teachers and other staff to utilises the computer facilities
- Ongoing evaluation and support to maximise facility usage and community service
Potential Long Term Impact
Education provides the critical building block for both personal and community development. Computer skills provide students with the necessary skills to succeed in a modern and globalized world.
Total Funding Goal: US$282,000 (Solar-$208,000, Labs-$78,000)
Total 2016-2017 Funding Goal: US$210,000
How To Help
- $25 – Supplies one child with a rechargeable study light
- $100 – Supports the installation of a solar electricity system
- $250 – Buys a computer
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