Updated Aug 05, 2020

Low-Cost Computer Labs & Digital Libraries: Offline Knowledge Learning Hubs in remote schools and communities

Adrian Paschkow

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We build Computer Labs and Digital Libraries for schools and communities in the developing world where access to the Internet and electricity is limited. We use low-cost single board computers, off-line WiFi hotspots and flash storage technology to deliver digital content.

Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The project uses low-cost, low-power consuming single-board computers to create computer labs,local repository of open content "Digital Library" in schools and on mobile library on wheels. The digital libraries acts a local server, accessible by browsers on nearby smartphones, tablets and computers, either via a hotspot connection or a Local Area Network in a computer lab. The digital library is designed for standalone, offline usage. There is no need for Internet as everything is stored and run locally; even usable in areas without reliable electrical grid distribution using solar panels and battery. Teachers and students are able to download and share the content across wide variety of hardware including legacy and low cost devices. The goal of such offline digital libraries is to overcome infrastructural barriers preventing equitable access and effective learning outcomes.

Focus Areas:

Education, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and Technology

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Implemented In:

Cambodia

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600
Lives Impacted to Date
2
Key Partners
1
Country Implemented In
10
Customers
5
Employees
$40,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

In the developing world the cost of electricity and access to Internet connectivity is prohibitively high for the limited annual school budgets. The schools with computer labs are often poorly maintained and have high power consumption and are not robust to operate in high heat, dust and humid environments.These factors limit the students and teachers from accessing educational resources online.

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Solution

The classroom use low-cost, low-power consuming single board computers and LED monitors. The digital library is designed for standalone, offline usage. There is no need for Internet as everything is stored and run locally; even usable in areas without reliable electrical grid distribution using solar panels and battery.

Target Beneficiaries

Teachers and students are able to download and share the content across wide variety of hardware including legacy and low cost devices. The goal of such offline digital libraries is to overcome infrastructural barriers preventing equitable access and effective learning outcomes. The digital library consists of over 100 GB of educational content from teaching curriculums, Khan Academy videos,Wikipedia, classic literature, reference material and textbooks; alongside vital community materials like medical and first aid textbooks. The content is distributed through P2P system without the need for Internet.

Mission and Vision

Bridging the digital divide with low-cost, reliable, easy-to-use open innovations to bring high quality education to the disconnected world.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Create an open source, portable digital library using inexpensive hardware under $30 that enables delivery of educational, healthcare, and other vital information for people living in the remote parts of the world. The device should be able to powered using solar power and requires little or no technical skills to setup and manage.
Funding Goal200,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted5,000
New Implemented CountriesCongo, Democratic Republic of the, Cambodia, Nigeria, Mali, Laos, Kenya, Vietnam
RecruitFunding to hire full time developers, designers and educators.
New FeatureEmbedded software that is robust and easily managed using mobile device interfaces. Manufacturer and distribute 1000 units to target implementation countries.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Tuk Tuk Charity helps teachers and communities succeed in early childhood education. We do this by talking, listening, and trying to understand the barriers that hold people from flourishing. We build culturally tailored resources while giving educators a platform to discuss their community's growth.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Aug 2020
New Product Or Service
During the extended Covid-19 lockdowns, we continue to innovate and release our tools as part of Raspberry Pi OS and OpenWRT.
Feb 2020
New Product Or Service
All the schools have been suspended due to Covid-19 epidemic. We are taking this time to continue on the technology of the digital libraries and the content remotely as we wait for life to return to normal.
Nov 2018
New Product Or Service
Test deployment of low-cost classroom begins in Battambang, Cambodia
Sep 2018
Key Partnership
Apr 2018
New Country Implemented In
Cambodia