Solar Powered Learning is a low cost, energy efficient and sustainable solution to giving underprivileged learners in rural areas access to educational resources through technology.We are living in a world where the entry level of literacy is computer literacy. If one wants to obtain a decent living, one needs to be technologically savvy. South Africa's polarised society has one side of the population up to date with the latest technology and trends, whereas the majority is still left uneducated, impoverished and jobless. Rural schools lack access to proper education and electricity. With these circumstances, it is difficult to empower themselves to become contributors to society as they lack the adequate skills and resources.
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A solution is needed for learners to gain access to computers and the internet in whatever location they are in.
To leave no school in South Africa without the access to computer resources and computer skills necessary to empower themselves.
To give learners the necessary computer literacy skills need to enter the working world and to support curriculum based subjects though interactive digital self-learning.
An alternative renewable and sustainable energy source is needed.
A cost efficient, low-power PC called a Raspberry Pi will be used in order to reduce costs.The Raspberry Pi computer school is networked with thousands of offline videos, interactive learning programs, Khan Academy, Wikipedia, language courses and most importantly, a well-trained facilitator.
Internet access will be provided, but is not crucial to the functioning of the system. The solar power will allow the set up to be run in rural areas where there is limited access to electricity. It will also encourage communities to adopt green living methods, thus promoting sustainable development.
The final product will have the following features:
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