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Improvements seen already at Titinge and Tenakoga

During the recent training held at Tenakoga and Titinge, teachers and members of the management committees and students were able to report some improvements that the solar power has brought already to the schools and communities.

Welcoming committee at Tenakoga

Welcoming committee at Tenakoga

At both schools, exam year students (Grade 6) have been using the classrooms for evening studies on a regular, almost daily basis. Furthermore, Form 3 and 5 secondary students from the neighborhood have also benefited with the opportunity to use the classrooms to study before their upcoming examinations.

At Titinge, a women’s livlihoods and economic development group has been using the school for meetings and training sessions. At Tenakoga, a Church group was able to work on their programmes. Thus, there are strong signs of positive benefits feeding to the local communities improving their engagement with the schools.

Miriam, a grade 6 student at Tenakoga delivering an excellent welcoming speech

Miriam, a grade 6 student at Tenakoga delivering an excellent welcoming speech

Miriam, a student at Tenakoga, gave a welcoming speech to the training team to share the students’ impressions of the new facilities:

On behalf of Tenakoga Primary staff and students I am honoured to welcome you to our school.
Our school is so very old, because it started in 1948. However, when we received the first beam of the solar light, it changes the whole outlook of the environment and the mindset of people. Tenakoga is like a town in the jungle of Guadalcanal. Everyone will agree with me that the solar for school project is our school’s pride.Thankyou UNICEF and NZAid for the generous donation. Without your enourmous support, solar light will be a dream that never comes true.”

Computer lab at Tenakoga

Computer lab at Tenakoga

At both schools the teachers are keen to develop ICT skills and resources and at Tenakoga, the teachers have already been organising in-service computer training using their one PC computer donated by students from the area who are studying in Fiji, with other friends of the community  The nearby secondary school has also benefited by using the power to create and print graduation certificates and produce video clips of students graduating. The school is in a quite remote rural location and without the availability of the facility this might not have been possible.

Likewise, when an Officer from their Adventist Education Authority visited the area recently, he was able to stop over at the school to work on the education programme, benefiting from the availability of power for his laptop and evening lighting, and did not need to return to Honiara, thus saving valuable time better spent working with the teachers.

Training session with the Tenakoga solar management committee

Training session with the Tenakoga solar management committee

Contractors David Leeming and William Iro during the welcome ceremony

Contractors David Leeming and William Iro during the welcome ceremony

 

 

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Solar monitoring training at Titinge Primary School

Training for the teachers in daily monitoring of a staff house system

Training for the teachers in daily monitoring of a staff house system

With the solar installation complete, training in monitoring the solar power was conducted today, 28th October, at Titinge Primary School by the contractors. The on-going project will monitor the performance of the solar power and the educational impacts. The monitoring process will be coordinated through the Ministry of Education and supported by a company contracted to provide backup services.

Grade six teacher in her classroom newly fitted with lights and fans

Grade six teacher in her classroom newly fitted with lights and fans

The management committee, teachers and community champions were trained to use a simple reporting format to record daily solar observations, periodic inspections and what to do if any faults were detected. Additionally, staff will record educational uses of the solar power.

Head Teacher and Deputy in their staff room with the newly installed solar power

Head Teacher and Deputy in their staff room with the newly installed solar power

One of the solar panel arrays installed on the roof

One of the solar panel arrays installed on the roof

 

 

 

Briefing held at Titinge – Community Champion nominated

A short consultation was held today at Titinge Primary School for the benefit of the school and School Board.

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Titinge PS main classroom block

Head Teacher, Peter Tero, Chairman of the Board Lolonga Mare, Area Chief Gabriel, Deputy Head Teacher Hudson Sahi, and Treasurer Fred Rukale welcomed the project team, represented by contractors David Leeming and Exodus Kawamae (Willies engineer), and Benjamin Rockson for the Ministry of Education.

Titinge-meeting

Pictured: Lolonga (Chairman), Rockson (MEHRD), Exodus (Willies), Peter (H/T), Fred (community rep), Hudson (deputy H/T), Gabriel (Area Chief)

The meeting attendees were briefed by contractor David Leeming and then a discussion followed on the project activities and schedule. The school has already given some thought to the project and has nominated their Treasurer Fred Rukale as the “Community Champion”.

A date was set for the participatory planning workshop to be held at the school in a couple of weeks. Regarding the training, Hudson suggested that training received by teachers who then get transferred should be recognised by the system and their new location selected accordingly. The team noted this suggestion and David explained the contractors plan to award certificates for training and coordinate on this aspect with the Ministry.

The Chairman Lolonga Mare noted that the school was looking forwards to the project completion and that they appreciated the information on how they would collaborate.

 

Preliminary visit to Titinge school

On 16th May 2013, the contractors team visited Titinge Primary School accompanied by Benjamin Rockson from MEHRD-ICU. The purpose was to gain an initial assessment of the school buildings and site for the technical design. Teachers were not available during the visit.

The school is a Guadalcanal Province Education Authority school. It is situated above Honiara at the location shown below, and a Google Earth image showing the relative location of nearby communities. It has good communications with 3G coverage from both networks.

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The school layout is shown below: layout-tit

The school has one large double classroom block in good condition. It has four classrooms and an office on the first floor, and three classrooms and a storage room on the ground floor. The condition is suitable for the installation of solar power.

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The water tanks may be powered by solar pumps, pending an engineering assessment.

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There is only one permanent staff house on the school site at the moment, suitable for installation of solar power.

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