Illinois Tech Team Visits Haiti to Re-Energize Schools Following Earthquake
Ultimately, over 11,000 XO laptops are slated to be distributed to Haitian primary-level students across the country, but the vast majority of schools and homes have no access to reliable power through which to charge them. The short-term goal of the IIT project is to (re-)enable charging of the laptops in the Lascahobas schools, while the longer-term objective is to design a cost-effective replicable solar solution that can be used at schools across Haiti.
The IIT students also are partnering with engineering students from the State University in Haiti (whose own school was partially destroyed in the earthquake), to develop content in French and Creole for the primary-level students to use on their laptops. The team was also able to meet with the Haitian Ministry of Education’s Director of Primary Education in Port-au-Prince, who was very positive about the team’s plans, and acknowledged the great need for this type of partnering and capacity-building education project in Haiti.
With the data gathered on the trip, the IIT team is refining their design, which is to be implemented at two primary schools in Lascahobas in May, 2011. The group is raising money to fund the project—the implementation at each school is estimated to cost approximately ten-thousand US dollars and will directly support 1,000 Haitian students.
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