Empowering Migrant Children using E-STEM Education in the Rann of Kutch:
Sustainable Transportation through
Solar-Powered Mobile Library
The sustainable transportation that our students implement using their e-STEM education is through our solar-powered mobile library. This is a unique environmental education practice that leverages a combination of clean energy and youth stewardship to provide education to other out-of-school migrant children who do not yet have the means to travel to be a part of our solar-powered e-STEM computer lab, especially targeting girls across 8 ultra-conservative and poverty-stricken neighbouring communities. The solar-powered mobile library brings books to the doorstep of nearly 600 out-of-school children. The mobile library consists of a solar-powered van full of books, a seating space, with lights and fan that provide children a safe space to study even in bad weather. The van travels from village to village with the students of our e-STEM computer lab who have been trained by us at Green Hope Foundation. They not only distribute books to children, they also read them out and conduct story-telling sessions for young learners or those who cannot read, so that knowledge continues to get imparted, overcoming local challenges.
Since January 2020, our solar-powered mobile library run by our students at the solar-powered e-STEM computer lab has achieved an outreach of 600 children. There are now 3 solar-powered vans that act as libraries, with a total of 12,000 books in circulation.