A personal introduction to your role at your organization
My name is Janice Lathen. I am the Founding Director and President of Powering Potential, Inc. (PPI). I oversee all operations, including administration, fundraising, and programming. With the other board members, I am responsible for organization governance, maintaining standards and principles, fulfilling our mission, and determining short- and long-term strategy. I started Powering Potential in 2006 with the purpose of providing rural Tanzanian students with access to ICT resources so that they would be able to complete the Tanzanian ICT curriculum, pursue modern ICT-related careers, and work to raise the standard of living in their country.
PPI’s mission emphasizes working in the context of Tanzanian culture and values: cooperation over competition, community over the individual, modesty over pride, and spirituality over materiality. In keeping with this mission, we have historically worked in cooperation with district- and national-level government officials, thus allowing Tanzanians to guide their own growth and development. Powering Potential has enjoyed frequent recognition from high-ranking Tanzanian government officials, including the previous Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education Prof. Sifuni Mchome, and Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, the previous President of Tanzania.
An overview of your current deployments (what towns, schools, or locations are you in?)
Over its ten-year history, PPI has provided 27 Tanzanian public co-ed schools across 11 districts with Raspberry Pi computer systems pre-loaded with RACHEL, thereby providing more than 10,000 students, teachers, and administrators with valuable digital learning aides. Additionally, through our Pi-oneer program, we’ve provided 24 of those 27 schools with the Raspberry Pi with RACHEL and mobile projector suite.
What current client devices (make / model) do you use with RACHEL and how many have you deployed to date?
We currently use the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. We have deployed 24 Raspberry Pi 3 Model Bs to date. In 2013, we started using the Raspberry Pi Model B. We have deployed a total of 153 Raspberry Pi Model Bs to date.
List of precise locations you would like to expand to.
We would like to expand to 21 public co-ed rural secondary schools in the Karatu district of Tanzania’s northern Arusha region. The schools we intend to deploy to are Diego, Gyekrumarusha, Gyekrumlambo, Domel, Qangded, Oldeani, Kilimatembo, Kilimamoja, Chaenda, Upperkitete, Dr W. Slaa, Kainam Rhotia, Endabash, Mlimani-Sumawe, Marang, Mang’ola, Orboshan, Kansay, Karatu, Slahhamo and Endallah.
Number of devices needed to expand there (# of RACHEL and # of client devices needed)
Our current plans for expansion require a total of 504 solar-powered Raspberry Pi systems. Each of the 21 schools requires 20 Raspberry Pi client systems, 1 Raspberry Pi RACHEL server, 1 Raspberry Pi Pi-oneer with associated mobile projector, 1 Raspberry Pi file server, and 1 Raspberry Pi Google Coder.
Total number of people using the devices (usually more than 1 per device, but not always)
Deploying to these schools would provide an estimated 8,000 Tanzanian co-ed secondary school students and more than 150 teachers with access to ICT and digital educational resources that they would otherwise not have.
Desired quantitative program impact (e.g. number of hours devices used, reduced absenteeism by X% in school, increase in test schools of X% in subject X, etc.)
Powering Potential wants:
- to deploy Raspberry Pi-RACHEL computer labs in 21 rural secondary schools in the Karatu district of Tanzania
- to train approximately 168 teachers in its use and maintenance
- a 25% increase in students qualifying for the next level of education via passing their national exams over the course of one year
- at least half of the recipient schools to acquire a qualified ICT teacher, which would allow more than 1,200 students to enroll in the national ICT courses
After this deployment, every secondary school in the Karatu district will have a computer lab. Karatu can then serve as a pilot district for expansion throughout Tanzania.
Links to current summaries or descriptions about program operations
Do you have an planned budget for your programs?
We do have a preliminary budget for this program.