Education through technology

The project aims to enable 446 girls and 350 boys (ages 13-16) from two public secondary schools, in Karatu district, to have access to information technology, computer studies, global information resources, and training. This initiative is part of a larger plan in which Powering Potential and its local partner, Potential Enhancement Foundation (PEF), will deliver 23 SPARC+ (Solar Powered Access to Raspberry Computing) computer labs to 32 public secondary schools in the district. The two schools will be equipped with solar powered computer labs, each comprising of 20 Raspberry Pi computers with monitors, 3 servers, and a handheld mobile teaching tool including a projector and screen. The computer labs will run thanks to solar power systems installed on the rooves of the buildings provided by the schools. Two teachers from each school will be trained to maintain the labs. Each school will have the option of offering the Tanzanian Information Computer Studies curriculum to students, who will also have access to e-learning/offline educational resources and training. Once the lab is officially handed over to the school, together with the parents, it is their responsibility to raise money to support maintenance and repair costs ensuring the sustainability of the labs.

Founded in 2006, Powering Potential is a US based incorporated non-profit. Its mission is to enhance education by installing solar-powered computers, digital libraries and providing training in remote villages in Tanzania and the Peruvian Amazon.





July 2023 - June 2024


Karatu district / Tanzania

With whom

Powering Potential



57.3 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 920/year

Poverty rate *
28% (2011)

Literacy rate
78% (2016)

Human Development Index
154TH OUT OF 189 COUNTRIES (2018)

Tanzania has experienced high and relatively stable growth rates over the past decade. At the same time, Tanzania is lagging in primary school completion, maternal health, poverty eradication, malnutrition and environmental sustainability. While the poverty rate has recently declined, the absolute number of the poor has not changed due to the fast pace of population growth (3% per annum). It has made little progress towards reducing extreme hunger and malnutrition, particularly in rural areas. However, scrapping contributions for primary and secondary school has drastically increased primary school enrolment.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.