The Mobile Solar Computer Classroom
Using solar-powered computers to teach computer skills in rural Uganda
Mobile Solar Computer Classroom brings all the equipment needed to provide lessons on computer skills to schools and libraries, offering a digital literacy curriculum delivered over the course of two years. The institutions pay a small fee for the training sessions, the majority of the funding comes from awards, partnerships and grants.
The enterprise has two modified all-terrain vehicles equipped with solar panels, laptops, an internet router, a tent, tables and chairs. In using solar energy, it raises awareness of the benefits and availability of solar devices. Every year, the Mobile Solar Computer Classroom equips 5,000 students, 100 teachers and 500 community members with competitive computer skills. While doing this, it also educates its trainees in the benefits of using solar power.
Maendeleo Foundation, a Ugandan non-profit organisation, owns and implements the Mobile Solar Computer Classroom project. It first piloted the idea in 2008.
Uganda Rural Literacy & Community Development Association helps the enterprise connect with and support libraries and schools in the West Nile Region that are in need of computer training.
Kikandwa Rural Community Development Organisation supports the enterprise in fundraising and sponsoring schools that cannot afford the services. They also contribute to the curriculum development and designing training delivery.
The 2014 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.