Grant Status $2060 needed

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Raw Materials:
$2500
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Administrative:
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Other:
$1725

Profile

Our plan is to transform used shipping containers into classrooms and install more energy efficient computers that are durable. We will use 40 feet long container to build a portable classroom that can fit up to 21 students at a time. The school can be moved by truck so that students in other remote areas with little or no access to electricity can benefit from the curriculum and internet connectivity. The structure will have insulation, as well as a ventilation system, to maintain a comfortable temperature. We will work with Global Archiconsult.

The mobile classroom will use a better approach to save power consumption and reduce electrical bills for the school. We want for the room to be independent by relying mostly on solar energy. To achieve this, we are now using a mini computer called the Raspberry Pi, to replace the traditional Desktop PCs gradually. An experimental trial of this device gave successful results in 2012. We will use 25 microcomputers for each container classroom that we build.

What makes our idea unique?

- We recycle old shipping containers for the purpose of education.

- The shipping containers have a durable steel construction

- The shipping containers classroom are mobile, and can be moved from one school to another

- The shipping containers classroom are connected to the internet via GSM

- We use the Raspberry Pi, a microcomputer that only costs 35$.

- We use energy-efficient microcomputers suitable for developing countries

- We solve the problem of electricity by using solar power and energy-efficient devices

- We use affordable microcomputers: 10 times cheaper than a regular desktop PCs

- Our microcomputers run free open source software

History

Education is an important tool that is applied in the contemporary world to succeed. The computer is an important and necessary tool. Our goal is to give all students access to a computer. That is why the organization provides students in high schools with computer training classes during summer and during the school year. Currently, the program is only offered to students in 11th, 12th grades and those enrolled in the scholarship program. The computer program currently uses traditional desktop computers. In 2012, Samsung launched a similar project in South Africa which has been a success for schools in rural areas. The solar powered internet school has solar panels on the roof that can generate nine hours of electricity a day.

Impact

By securing scholarships for students, Cercle Social has reduced the dropout rate by 35% in the school of Tori Agouako. Additional programs like the computer training program add incentives for students to stay in school. The program expects to tool up students with computer skills and increase the knowledge base in computing among students who are not new to computer.

Team Credentials

Cercle Social is a team of dedicated people who value education. Our team and staff members are in 4 countries: The USA, Canada, France and Benin. The introduction of affordable computers such as the Raspberry Pi will help us to improve learning in Benin and other third world countries. Our goal is to widespread the idea such that every kid in the world can learn how to use a computer.

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