On June 6th 2013, the contractors visited Betivatu Primary School to make a preliminary assessment of the site. We were accompanied by a representative from the SSEC Education Authority, under which the school is governed.
Betivatu is situated on the east side of Honiara, behind Tenaru. It is a combined primary and secondary school on one site. The location (green arrow) and Google Earth view is shown below:
The site layout is shown below:
We were assisted by the teachers, especially the head teacher of the primary school, Emily Panate, and secondary school Principal, Phillip Kela. We briefed the teachers on the project and then walked around the school.
Shown below is the view facing west with the blue-coloured primary school main classroom blocks behind. In the picture from right, are Emily, Phillip and David Iro (Willies Solar & Electrical).
The view facing east, showing the grade 1 / home economic block and the new secondary school block, with some staff houses behind:
The primary and secondary schools work closely together on an ambitious development plan. For instance, to the right in the picture above, is the site for a second new classroom block for the secondary school, and a science lab.
The schools share two PCs and half the teachers have their own laptops. They expressed great interest in the potential of the solar power for enabling educational technology and accessing resources.
Below is the main primary classroom block. It is in good condition for solar power installation. There are two blocks, both shown below:
Closeup of the second classroom block, with storage and office rooms:
The secondary school buildings include a new Japanese-funded double block under construction:
The grade one classroom shares this building with the home economics room. The solar power may be useful for sewing machines, etc.
Inside one of the classrooms:
The other secondary school buildings, with the main office on the right:
The school has good water and sanitation with separate toilets and tanks for girls and boys. However, there is no piped supply and there are difficulties during dry periods.