Published on: Jun 6, 2016
SES Techcom Services has partnered with SOLARKIOSK AG to pioneer “Connected Solar School” in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. This first-of-its-kind project will deliver electricity, educational tools, and broadband internet connectivity to an education centre run by UNICEF and Relief International within the camp.
SES’s Astro Connect platform will provide the “Connected Solar School” with broadband connectivity. This will allow teachers to use quality e-learning materials sponsored by UNICEF. The school will be run by solar energy provided by SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB technology, which provides learners and teachers with the energy required to power connectivity, lights, and computers. They E-HUBB also features a power node to charge solar lamps, laptops, printers, mobile phones, and tablets.
Zaatari houses more than 80 000 refugees, 25 000 of whom are of school-going age, and SES is proud to be involved in providing education to these children. Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES Techcom Services, said that the partnership between SES and SOLARKIOSK aims to improve the lives of the refugees within the camp. SOLARKIOSK CEO Andreas Spies added that, together, SES and SOLARKIOSK “will make a significant difference to the quality of life for those who currently reside in the Zaatari camp. Education, connectivity and access to energy are basic rights and we are proud to help facilitate that in challenging environments”.
UNICEF Jordan Representative Robert Jenkins said the initiative is important to the camp: “The ‘Connected Solar School’ in Zaatari camp is an important case study for UNICEF to explore the viability of such solutions, for possible replication and expansion to other schools and learning centres for children.” He also said that it is vital that children within the camp are able to access education, explaining that “Schools provide children a sense of routine and normalcy in their lives, and help them continue their education. Only through learning can children reach their full potential and play a positive and active role in rebuilding their lives and country.”