Category Archives: Tenakoqa

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 Tenakoga Primary School

A successful training session was held today, Tuesday 29th October, at Tenakoga school. Teachers, community champions and the solar management committee were trained to monitor the solar power supplies, conduct periodic inspections and how to report faults. Additionally, a simple method was introduced to record how the solar power is improving the environment for teaching and learning – educational impacts and activities supported by the solar power.

Learning how to record monitoring data for the solar power systems

Learning how to record monitoring data for the solar power systems

Contractor William Iro explaining a point

Contractor William Iro explaining a point

Tenakoga staff room fitted with solar, lights and fans

Tenakoga staff room fitted with solar, lights and fans

One of the solar power systems at Tenakoga

One of the solar power systems at Tenakoga

 

 

 

Preliminary visit to Tenakoqa school

On June 3rd, 2013, the contractors team and Adventist Education officer traveled to the remotest school of the five included in the Guadalcanal phase of the project. Tenakoqa is located on the plains to the east of Tetere and is accessible along dirt roads depending on weather conditions.

The visit was made for a preliminary technical assessment, and to make contact with the school staff. The location is shown below, including the Google Earth view showing the relative location of nearby communities.

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In the image above you can see the nearby Tenakoqa secondary school, separated from the primary school by a short distance to the north. The two schools have separate administrations but collaborate in many ways.

Tenakoqa Primary School has 216 students. It is unusual in that next year it will be a boarding school. It already has girls and boys dorms.

The school layout is shown below.

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The classrooms are arranged in three buildings in a row as shown below. From the left, (a) the grade 3-6 classrooms, the double floor building with a kindy and office, and on right the grade 1 and 2 classroom block. The latter is in poor condition.

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The senior grade classroom block is a single floor building in reasonable condition, suitale for installation of the solar power and electrical fittings.A closer look below:

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Inside one of the classrooms:

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The kindy and office building is shown below. This is also suitable for electrical and solar installation.

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The school office is a new building, with a central office and in very good condition. Seen below:

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In the layout diagram, it can be seen that the staff houses are arranged in a row on the opposite side from the classrooms. One of the better houses is shown below:

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The school has water problems. There are insufficient rainwater tanks, and the site is on a ridge. Only a small spring is available for water, above the school. Toilets are not in good condition.