London computer firm Aleutia, along with the University of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, have launched an innovative initiative that brings education and sustainable energy to the developing world.
Solar Classroom in a Box does exactly what it sounds, 20×9 boxed classrooms that are powered by solar technology. The classrooms have low powered computers, a server and a projector that can accommodate up to 40 students. The classrooms can be taken anywhere on a pickup truck and are currently in 180 rural communities in 10 countries mostly in Africa. Each classroom costs approximately US$20,000 and the initiative is funded by The Safaricom Foundation. Solar Classroom in a Box launched in Kenya last month.