One of the biggest cost factors for setting up Tusitawi for a new school is the cost of the hardware. The equipment used is low power, and heat and dirt tolerant ensuring that the devices work so that teachers can teach and students can learn. As the sustainability efforts result in income, the cost of the equipment is repaid. As a result your donation is recycled and available to provide equipment at other schools.
One of the first questions the Learning for Humanity staff ask school administration when discussing their school’s needs is “How many computers does your school have?” Often a school has a few but the answers most often include the statement “but most of them don’t work.” This is generally followed by showing us a pile of non-functional computers.
Office computers were never designed to work in harsh climates, especially ones with lots of dust and heat. All of the equipment used by Learning for Humanity is low power, with few moving parts and our servers have an industrial rating to be heat, dirt, moisture and vibration tolerant. Our goal is to provide equipment (and support) to ensure that everything just works so that teachers can teach and students can learn.
Power grids are often unstable in the developing world and schools experience frequent brown-outs and black-outs. Some schools operate without connection to the power grid at all. In the near future, Learning for Humanity will include solar power as part of its TMS offering to mitigate power outages and lack of access to the public power grid.
TMS is designed to work with or without internet access. WiFi is installed to cover the school campus (unlimited coverage area), including staff residential coverage if housing is on campus – allowing for after school research and lesson preparation.