REMOTE SOLAR LEARNING KITS
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The Pandemic is limiting access to information and delaying the educational development of children. Families are using candles, lighters, and firewood to meet basic needs. Pidola focuses on solar and internet for rural schools; with in-person classes being canceled, a new solution is required. These solar-powered kits provide information for isolated rural families in poor conditions, with municipal agreements in place to ensure support.
The Ministry of Education is creating a program to provide lessons via radios. Pidola is working with a local solar installer, Energetica, along with the Ministry and local Municipalities to establish a program to provide remote learning kits to 1,000 rural households without electricity. Each kit includes 3 solar-charged lamps with a USB charger and USB-powered radios. Almost half of the cost for the Remote Solar Learning Kits program is covered locally, but they need our help to fund the rest of the kit. That means for only $65, a remote family with school-age kids will have access to classes and information. To learn more, download our PowerPoint presentation here.
The target group is rural families in isolated areas, without electricity and with school-age children. The families have been identified with the help of the respective Municipalities. The campaign began last year and Energetica has met with the communities and families to inform them about the project. The government will announce class schedules via the radio. The program includes user identification, signing of agreements with Municipalities, promotion in communities, and training to use the kits.
The initial communities served with this program are in the Torotoro and Villa Tunari Municipalities. Pidola has been working with Energetica, local teachers, and the families in these communities since 2017. We have installed two solar photovoltaic and battery systems for the school in Pampa Jasi and a government building in Torotoro (see projects below). Energetica developed the remote learning kits and promoted them last year with support from local partners, including the local power company.
Energetica has already identified and met with communities interested in receiving and using these kits. We have an on-the-ground coordinator, Edgar, who will be meeting with the families to deliver the kits and instruct the families how to use them as well as visit them to ensure continued utilization. The Ministry of Education is broadcasting the class schedules over the radios and teachers have been educated on delivering curriculum in this new format. Funds will be delivered to Energetica and used to equip the kits and fund the promotion, delivery, and education for continued usage.
As a supporter, you will receive a photograph and video (where feasible) of the family receiving and using their kit as a thank you for your donation.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our pilot project in Pampa Jasi, Bolivia! This project was launched in November 2017, and now provides cost-efficient solar & internet solutions to this rural and under-served community.
84 school-aged children now have access to internet within their schoolhouse. This not only provides them access to better and more effective educational materials, but also access to healthcare and improved communication to the outside world.
Our second project was to provide new internet service to the municipality of Torotoro. Previously, the municipal offices were receiving slow, unreliable internet service through their previous provider. With the assistance of Pidola, the new municipal offices in Torotoro now have more effective and efficient internet service via ABE.