Powering Potential has set its sights on expanding the SPARC labs at the Lake Natron and Soit Sambu Secondary Schools for our next project. Both schools are located in the Arusha region of northern Tanzania, home to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Arusha National Park among other natural wonders.
The original SPARC lab installations were part of our three school plan in the Ngorongoro District that we completed in July 2014. The third school, Nainokanoka Secondary School, was successfully upgraded to a SPARC+ lab in January 2017.
Nainokanoka Secondary School in 2017
The extreme remoteness of the Lake Natron Secondary School makes it an ideal location for our programs. The school is named after nearby Lake Natron, a salt lake fed by the Southern Ewaso Ng’iro River and the nesting ground for millions of flamingos. There are more than 500 students (girls and boys) at this school and with the expansion to a SPARC+ lab, students will have more time to use technology to explore educational resources.
The Soit Sambu Secondary School has faced hardship. An accidental fire in 2015 completely destroyed one of the boys’ dormitories, rendering them homeless. Thankfully, there were no injuries, but the year-long rebuild caused delays for other initiatives. This school has more than 400 girls and boys and they continue to flourish with active enthusiasm for their education. We are excited to return there.
Solar energy system equipment
Our plans involve increasing the number of computers at each location to 20, expanding the solar grid and upgrading the Raspberry computers with additional software. The staff at both locations will also benefit from new training. The arrival of our team always creates excitement among the student body. The students are inquisitive, eager to learn and even volunteer to help!
Every project we undertake is made possible by dedicated individuals like you. Your role in our cause is vital to enhancing opportunities for students lacking resources we take for granted. As we enter the holiday season, give the gift of technology education by donating today!