IADT’s “School in a Box” Will be Presented at the Southern African ICT for Education Summit 2012

The ‘School In A Box’ (SIAB) project team is pleased to announce their involvement at ‘The Southern African ICT for Education’ Summit in Zimbabwe on Friday January 27th 2012.

After a number of relevant presentations in 2011, the SIAB project team was encouraged to showcase SIAB at AfricanBrains which is devoted to the promotion of innovation and attracting investment into new technologies such as SIAB.

For more information on this go to: http://africanbrains.net/edusa/

Cape Peninsula University of Technology to deploy 15 School In a Box units in South Africa.
IADT / SIAB are also pleased to announce that an order for 15 SIAB’s has been received from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town. A delegation from CPUT visited IADT last month for a SIAB training workshop that included instruction on follow-up online ‘Continuing Professional Development’ (CPD) for CPUT which is part of the overall SIAB package.

What Is School in the Box?
IADT School in a Box (SIAB) (http://www.iadtschoolinabox.com/) is a new FÍS/IADT initiative that addresses the global problem of inequitable access to modern educational tools. It is an innovative solution to a third world problem in an educational context that can transform classrooms in rural India and sub Saharan Africa into twenty first century learning spaces.

What’s In School in a Box?
There are four connected elements that constitute the innovation in SIAB. 1) The portable solar panel that powers a 12v lithium battery; 2) The passive connected hardware technology, the iPad2, Pico Projector and Speakers that runs of the solar powered battery delivering the learning content; 3) The pre-installed curriculum and 4) The ability of the solar powered iPad2 to deliver customized curricula and crucially, learning content that is locally driven and rich in multimedia.

Why it’s needed?
Access to Information and Communication Technologies in Education (ICTs) can advance the well-being of rural populations in India and sub Saharan Africa. Seventy per cent of the poorest people in the world live in rural areas where low literacy is common – better education is seen as crucial for achieving advancement and sustainable development. The ability to deliver ICTs in this context has never been easier due to advancements in technologies that enable development of locally driven curricula and access to knowledge repositories via the World Wide Web.  One of the main infrastructural barriers preventing access to education in rural communities is the lack of access to electricity. More than 70% of sub Saharan Africa has no access to electricity and in rural areas this often exceeds 90%.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2010 published data on India that showed that over 60% of the population of 1.2 billion was without access to electricity.

The aim of SIAB is to overcome this lack of basic infrastructure and transform Multigrade and Single Grade classrooms in rural India and sub Saharan Africa into twenty first century learning spaces through the use of solar power.