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Connecting kids with solar power


Amersfoort - SrĂȘ Ampil, January 25, 2012. Both in the Netherlands as well as in Cambodia is working hard on the preparations of the first SolarSchools schoolrelationship. And not without succes. The project is taking shape and various milestones are achieved.


In Cambodja a computer room is under construction. Next to the English classroom of the orphange we work with, is made one room from twoo rooms. A toilet room has been refurbished, a ceiling is placed, the walls got a fresh yellow color. The solar panels are placed on the building, and in the computer room is the indoorsystem placed in an educative way.

solarschools-sre-ampil.jpgThe materials for the computer class have arrived last week. An energy-efficient computer sysstem with 10 workstations will be installed soon. The system is based on a concept for Internet cafes. Children are taught, and they earn with that also a budget for free computer time. They can also expand this budget by doing odd jobs in and around the building, such as cleaning, monitoring groups with smaller children and doing extra computer exercises. Just like an Internet cafe they can spend their budget by playfully learning more of the computer by spending extra waste time in the computer room.

Trainer Sophal of PicoSol Cambodia is made free to shape the ICT education project contently. He has his roots in mainstream education and feels as a real schoolmaster like a fish in the water with this assignment. He learns much about the subject by turning into another NGO, which focuses on computer education. With this organization we agreed that we may use the education materials for free at our curriculum.

The Netherlands

Also in the Netherlands are milestones achieved. We have entered into consultation with the administration and management of primary school the Kubus, which is very near our office in Amersfoort. The school is very enthusiastic to implement the project with us.

Primary school the Kubus in the Amersfoort neighborhood Soesterkwartier, on which the solar panels are laid and the trial with the SolarSchools education program is developed.

On the school will soon come solar panels that will generate electricity. This electricity is sold to the Kubus, and the proceeds of that we transfer to maintain the project in Cambodia. We make a piggy bank whit what the technical maintainance is paid. Because that is the problem of many projects: There is money for the implementation, but there isn't money for the exploitation. At a school or orphanage they need the money always for other issues, such as food for the children and salaries of the teachers. For this, we thus have an innovative solution.

On the Dutch curriculum we are working too. In mid-February the educational student Mila Bom will start her Masters graduate project. She will design a curriculum that meets to the world-orientation learning objectives of the Dutch primary education system. She will design lesson modules on attractive and everyday themes such as "Living", "School life", "Family life", "What is on mij plate?", "How do we deal with waste?" and "Where does our energy come from?", which will go deeper into the life in Cambodia and into the life in the Netherlands. Through this children can learn how peers from different countries and cultures deal with this issues.