Quarterly Update: July-September 2019
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Powering Potential Attends Two Events at the United Nations

Powering Potential attended two key events at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City this summer:

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invited our Founding Director Janice Lathen to attend a high-level panel on "The Futures of Education: Learning to Become" on Wednesday, Sept. 25th.

The Futures of Education Project is intended to address the complexity and uncertainty of education in a world impacted by climate change. 

Ms. Lathen also attended a high-level side-event during the review of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) at the high-level political forum 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York on “Relevant, Equitable and Inclusive Quality Education for All: an imperative for the 21st Century” on July 15 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.

This event consisted of a panel discussion hosted by UNESCO, the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, and the Group of Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning.
We are honored to play a part in the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030


Our sister organization, The Potential Enhancement Foundation (PEF), has been nominated, from 2,000 submissions, for an Energy Globe World Award by the Energy Globe Foundation! PEF's Educating through Technology (Raspberry PI Computer Labs) project is one of three nominees in the Youth category. (In 2017 Powering Potential won the Energy Globe National Award for best project in Tanzania.)

The Energy Globe Foundation maintains a mission of sustainable resource development and usage. The International Forum for Sustainability and the Solar Light for All Initiative are among their many efforts

The Energy Globe World Award Ceremony will be held at a global gala in Finland in November. Eng. Albin Mathias, Executive Director of PEF will be presenting at the ceremony. We send our heartfelt congratulations to the PEF team!

Powering Potential attends Segal Family Founation Annual Meeting

Powering Potential attended Segal Family Foundation's Annual Meeting at the end of September along with representatives from more than 200 other organizational partners.

Powering Potential was also presented as a case study for a "Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework" session presented by Rich Segal, William Thompson, and Muazzam Nasrullah

Segal Family Foundation holds its annual meeting to set the stage for creative collaboration in the non-profit community serving causes involved on the ground in Africa. We are honored to be a part of such a prestigious event!

Our New SPARC+ Lab is Currently Operational in Iquitos, Peru! 

The San Francisco Rio Itaya School students with the PPI Team
This summer, Powering Potential Inc. (PPI) installed its first SPARC+ lab on a second continent! Our incredible team has installed ​25 Raspberry Pi computers, a solar energy system and Kolibri software at the San Francisco School in the Belén District of Iquitos, Peru.  

Dana Rensi, PPI Regional Director, Latin America, is a three-time Fulbright recipient and leader of this Peru project (center). She was joined on site by V. Ena Haines, Retired Director of Information Technology at Teachers College at Columbia University (right) and Rich Segal, Ph.D., Research Staff Member at IBM (left). Joanna and Annie Segal, PPI Volunteers, were also on hand to help with the lab construction.

This project was made possible with a grant from Learning Equality and donations from generous individuals. We thank them for helping our cause!

Read more about our venture into the Peruvian Amazon on the Powering Potential Blog!   

Founding Director Janice Lathen Meets with Learning Equality

L to R: Jamie Alexandre, Executive Director of Learning Equality; Lauren Lichtman, Partnerships Lead; Janice Lathen, PPI Founding Director; and Liz Vu, Implementations Lead.  
After the September 25th high-level side event at the United Nations, Founding Director Janice Lathen met with the team from The Foundation for Learning Equality

The Foundation for Learning Equality developed both Kolibri and its predecessor KALite to improve education in resource-deprived areas with offline digital content. We thank them for their generosity and overwhelming support! 


The SPARC lab at the Sazira Secondary School in Tanzania, Africa is being upgraded to a SPARC+ lab this fall! 

The current 5-unit computer lab (above) will have an additional 15 computers with an expanded solar energy system. New tables have already been constructed for the equipment (right).

The PPI team will also update the current hardware and software and install the Tanzanian digitized secondary school syllabi from Shule Direct. The installation is expected to be completed by mid-October.

This project has been funded by a $13,000 grant from Collegiate Church Corporation and Charlie Wood, a technology entrepreneur. We thank them for helping us provide additional resources to the Sazira Secondary School!

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