Northcote Primary School Solar Buddies
Northcote Primary School Grade 5/6 Students will learn about the issue of energy poverty, and build solar-powered lights to be delivered to children in the developing world, who are currently living with energy poverty. The lights will improve the educational opportunities and well-being of the recipients.
The Grade 5/6s of NPS will benefit greatly by learning about energy poverty and its limitations, the science of renewable energy, and the importance of becoming better global citizens.
The major costs associated with the project are
Each solar buddy costs $30 for the school to purchase, and the minimum order is 25 lights ($750). The school hopes to purchase 34 lights (total cost $1020) so that the Grade 5/6 students can complete the light projects in groups of 2 or 3 students. More information about Solar Buddy can be found here: https://solarbuddy.org/
The $1,000 grant will be used
The entire $1000 will go towards the purchase of the solar buddy kits, as detailed above. The teachers will provide the education program that accompanies this project. Children will learn about energy poverty and its limitations, the science of renewable energy, and how a simple solution - like a solar light - can make a difference to the educational outcomes of children living in the developing world.
How they raise the rest of the funding
The school will use fundraising (parent raised) funds from our school fete to make up any shortfall in the funding of this project (including if we decide to purchase more solar buddies than the numbers detailed above).