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Connecting kids with solar power

wethouder-cees-van-eijk-solarschoolsAmersfoort, June 14, 2013. The final chord of the successfull SolarSchools project was given today.

Amersfoort counsellor Cees van Eijk, who is in charge of both sustainability and education in the city of Amersfoort, opened the solar system on primary school De Kubus. Many people attended the festivity meeting: Besides the 120 children from the last classes, there were 50 interested neighboors and invitees celebrated the party.

The project combines an Amersfoort private initiative with a development project in Cambodia. By a new education curriculum about global citizenship children from the Netherlands come so close to the world of peers in Cambodia, they almost can smell each other. Children from a different culture, a different language, a different standard of living, a different time zone, a different writing.

solarschools-overhandiging-bord-> Chairman Ernst Damhuis of Cooperative Zon@School hands over the information display to Kubus-director Karin van der Hoven.

This pilot project shows that durable computer education in rural areas in developing countries is possible by a partnership between a school overhere and a school overthere. With the equipment developed in this project, it is possible to do it more.

The name SolarSchools says it already: Solar panels are important in this project. Solar panels on the Cambodian school make computer education in rural areas possible. Solar panels on the Dutch school care for the earnings model to continue the project for many years.