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Hi @David Boze @DavidBoze,Thank you for your comment.

We agree with you that access to interactive educational content is a challenge for teachers in Uganda. For the past eight months, we have been supporting and training our teachers to ensure the effective use of interactive content on Sun Books, in order to provide our children with the best learning experience.

Sun Books includes teacher resources like lesson plans, assessment tools, instructional videos, classroom activities and many other contents to assist teachers to deliver quality education to children. We aim to provide every teacher with a tablet device to teach at least 50 children at a time, rather than a tablet device per child.

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World Literacy Foundation commented on Solar-Powered Educational Tablet: Sun Books

Hi Kate Rushton !

Thank-you for your feedback!

The plans for the next 1, 2 and 3 years are as follows:

1. To have external evaluation of the project by an educational institution. We have started initial conversation with Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, who did an external evaluation for a similar project: http://onebillion.org.
To build a closer alliance with Peace Corps in Uganda and Sub-Saharan Africa because they provide training to primary school teachers. We noticed that young new primary school teachers are more willing to take on these challenges and implement new solutions in their classrooms. In the next 12 months, we also plan to scale up to all void classrooms in Northern Uganda.
2. To analyse the scale up and research opportunities for expansion throughout Sub-Saharan Africa (we already have the foundation of local contacts in Cameroon and Kenya)
3. To expand throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and do initial research on expanding to other poor regions throughout the developing world (people/organisations showing interest in this project in Latin-America and in Asia).

A continuous effort we plan to integrate in the coming three years is the constant focus on the book building process to include local content in local languages and dialects with a combination of English content.

 We partnered with a global technology firm to deliver tablets to us in Australia. We then install software we use to store and upload books in digital format. The next step is preloading the selected educational content onto the device, which is also done in Australia. After this we deliver the Sun Book tablets to our local field officer and collectively install them in the pre-selected schools.

There is scope for more local employment when we shift the installation of the software and the preloading of educational content to the local social enterprise where they already will be creating and transforming educational content for the device. Additionally, there is scope for more local employment by providing support and training to teachers, because when the project will be scaled up it requires additional people to manage the training and support program for teachers. There will also be further local employment created through maintenance of the device, especially focused on the solar charger and to solve more generic issues regarding the tablet, replacing the protective casing e.g.

Project Summary:
This idea is a program initiated by the World Literacy Foundation and additionally aims to set up a sustainable social enterprise.

It tackles the problem of lack of access to (basic) learning resources, the Internet and electricity in off-the-grid classrooms.

It addresses the problem by providing a transformative low-cost sustainable solution that focuses on the needs of children in off the grid settings who don’t have access to quality education.

The Sun Book Tablet is a solar-powered educational tablet that provides a sustainable solution to the 20 million off-the-grid classrooms around the world who lack access to basic educational resources, the Internet and electricity. By combining both hardware and software this initiative aims to provide quality education to marginalised children in the world’s most void classrooms. This impacts the learning capabilities and opportunities for these children to break the poverty cycle and provides a pathway to secure employment, economical progression and social inclusion. It intersects prosperity and planet.