The team has completed on-site training in monitoring and backup system this week. 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 monitor educational impacts and activities supported by the solar power.
The last two schools to receive the training were Rate and Betivatu Primary Schools, on Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November.
Teachers reported many early benefits from the solar power. Neither school has had a reliable generator and so the reliable solar power and lighting has made big difference, especially with examinations coming up. Both schools reported daily evening classes for exam years, with some students who live too far to walk in the evening, boarding in the classrooms so that they can study.
Both schools are keen to use ICTs and are developing ICT plans and proposals. The team provided open educational resources from sources such as UNESCO and teachers are planning to use them in their classes as “multimedia supplementary resources”. At Rate they have been using educational videos in lessons.