The concept of “Solarizing #OnlineSchool” have been awarded as the 2nd Most Innovative Development Project by the Govt. of Japan at Global Development Network (GDN). Korvi Rakshand, introduced the online schooling project where qualified teachers in urban areas reach out students in rural areas. He proposed to scale up their schooling model by switching to solar energy to power their electricity requirements.
A total of 268 expressions of interest were received from 57 developing countries and finally, 174 submissions were accepted. After the final presentation of the top 3 finalist at Morocco, Korvi Rakshand received the award from Ichiro Tambo, Director, JICA and Pierre Jacquet, President, GDN.
Global Development Network (GDN) is a public International Organization that builds research capacity in development globally.
On behalf of JAAGO Foundation, we would like to thank all our supporters, well-wishers and partners for believing in us. The Online School is a project operated by JAAGO Foundation in association with Grameenphone Limited and Agni Systems Limited.
The idea of online schooling has been designed to bridge the quality gap in education by connecting skilled teachers and resources with disadvantaged students living in remote areas through video conferencing technology. The Online School is a project operated by JAAGO Foundation in association with GrameenPhone Ltd. and Agni System Ltd where they provide last mile internet solution for the schools for free of cost with technical support and backbone support in regards to internet connectivity.
Despite Online schools project’s high scalability, it has been facing extreme difficulties with regards to power supply (some remote areas don’t even have access to electricity) and lack of qualified teachers in the rural areas of Bangladesh. Qualified teachers were not willing to travel to the remote areas of Bangladesh. As a result, we came up with the idea of Online Schooling.
During the summer time, there are frequent power outages during class time. The demand for power not only increases due to extreme heat but also because of irrigation purposes, as this time coincides with rice seed planting season in Bangladesh. This poses a huge problem, as our Online Schools are heavily dependent on power and internet connection. We require 3500 watt to supply power back-up to one Online School.
The main idea behind our project, Solarizing Online schools’ is to ensure constant power supply in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner.