Angola opens first solar school

The first mobile solar school has been launched in Angola in support of improving national education.

Opened last week, the school establishment is a project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Angola in collaboration with Samsung and Unitel.

Marai Candid Teixera, minister of science and technology, referred to the mobile laboratory equipped with new computers as an improvement in life quality for Angolans in the area.

Eradication of poverty, sustainable development and education improvement in the national health industry are further goals aspired to be achieved by the school.

In her opening ceremony speech on May 30, Teixera said the mobile school will reach isolated communities in the country, bringing ICT to rural areas as an asset to the government school, which is without internet and computer access.

According to Jose Oliveira, representative of Samsung Angola, the company has budgeted between US$60,000 and US$70,000 for the project.

Located at the National Centre for Scientific Research, the mobile school can host 21 learners and a teacher.

Currently equipped with interactive whiteboards and a multi-functional Samsung printer, the 12 metre space also has the capacity for e-books and solar panels and accompanying batteries with a 15 year lifespan.

With a sunlight system, the solar panel can operate for 25 hours without sunrays with a design difference of rubber rather than glass panels to be able to outlast the African climate.

After hours, the mobile school will be a centre for adult education and also serve as a community centre on weekends, providing a broader service to the locals.

Free satellite 3G internet connection will be provided by Unitel for a year, in addition to computer provision and teacher training for functionality.

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