Thursday, July 3, 2014

Touched by Technology in Ngorongoro

Powering Potential is at it again. We have just completed solar and computer installations at three remote secondary schools -- Lake Natron, Soit Sambu and Nainokanoka -- in the Ngorongoro District of Tanzania. Three weeks of technology training have commenced at each school. Ngorongoro District is home to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photos below are from the installation at Lake Natron school which is so remote that people need to walk two kilometers for cell service to make a phone call (GPS coordinates: S 02 29.987' E 035 53.149'). Most of the students at these schools have never even seen a computer. Powering Potential is changing lives again.
Inspecting the equipment
We continue to install Raspberry Pi computers with RACHEL offline educational content powered by solar energy and provide training.
A computer!

Solar professional giving instructions

In the photo below from left to right are: Peter Juma, Computer Systems Analyst, Ngorongoro District Council; Mr. Sweatbart Byorushengo, District Natural Resource Officer and acting District Executive Director; Albin Mathias, Powering Potential Country Director. Peter Juma worked for Powering Potential in 2011 teaching computer classes in Karatu District.

Notice the small Raspberry Pi computer in a clear plastic case to the left of the monitor:

Coat of Arms of Tanzania is the desktop background
Uhuru na Umoja (Freedom and Unity)

Powering Potential has now reached more than 5,500 students and teachers in ten schools in three districts by providing 91 computers powered by solar energy.  Beneficiaries of our program are going to college and securing employment.

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