solar radio and educational broadcasting

solar radio and educational broadcasting

< $1,000
Project Summary
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Women in developing countries cannot go to school because they have to work for surviving. Although they can't go to school,they must learn to live a better life. If the government or NGO broadcasts the educational channel to whole country and provide radios which are using solar batteries for power, then they could keep learning while they are working. It could make them to live a better life.

About You
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Section 2: About Your Organization
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How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Your idea
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What makes your idea unique?

Computer, internet, and TV, such high technology equipments are so expensive and hard to maintain. It is not realizable in considering with the situation of developing countries. Otherwise, giving solar radios is much more possible because it requires low technology, small money, and small infra. Also, it could be used in the state without electricity. The innovation refuted the stereotype that we could learn only when we go to school. If a child can’t go to school because of his work, then school can go to the child. That’s why the idea of radio school is unique.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

The educational channel could enlighten people in developing countries to know their right, to learn, and to get useful information for their life. Some young children in Nepal can't go to school because they have to take care of their family. Some can't go to school because it's too far from home, and some women can't go to school because their family, their parents, or their husband don't like them to study. With solar powered radio, all of them could learn even if they can't go to school. It works everywhere without electricity, and the radio beam could spread broadly. The society could Educating people is the most important thing for the development of the country.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

One child in eight in developing countries gets no primary schooling. Of the estimated 75 million children in the developing world who receive no primary schooling, about 55 percent are girls. The Unesco report said that, despite progress in countries like Tanzania and Ethiopia, one third of all children in sub-Saharan Africa did not go to school. Current projections for 2015 indicated that in poorer countries at least 29 million children, and probably many more, would be out of school. Although enrollment in primary education was expanding in Arab countries and stood at 84 percent of school-age children, 5.7 million were still getting no schooling, 61 percent of them girls, the report said. In Egypt, more than 95 percent of children not in school were girls. Needless to say, the percentage of going to school decrease rapidly when the ages of children go up. It is difficult to make all children in developing countries to go to school because of their work load. Also, it is more difficult to make women in the countries to go to school because of the social prejudice on women. We should find ways to let them study.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

To make this innovation success, NGO and the ministry of education in developing countries should cooperate and make an educational broadcasting channel. First, gather teachers who could make lectures and organize education programs. Countries with same language and culture may do it together. While making programs, produce solar radios. The cost for producing solar radios would be paid by government, supporting companies, or donated money from other countries. After making educational channel and producing solar radios, give radios first to the children can’t go to school, and then next to the women who want to learn but can’t go to school.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

First year is testing period, women and children who can’t go to school in some state will all get the solar radios. They will try it and make feedback on programs. In second year, more people will get this radio and study. They are not just getting a radio but also getting hope for life that they can learn. In third year, the innovation will settled down and the average knowledge and intellectual level of people will be much higher.

How many people will your project serve annually?

More than 10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

In a few years, intellectual level of the people will be grew up a lot. It means they have power to stand against unfair exploitation and social prejudice. People educated through radio will realize how important education is, and they will send their child to school even if they are poor. The government will also try to make systems that could increase entrance rate of school. South Korea for example, despite the miserable situation after war, the power of the Korean economy grown rapidly for the last three decades is the zeal for education. Education is the main energy for a country to go forward.

What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

To make an educational channel, supporting from the government, NGO, and electronics are critical. Giving solar radio to huge amount of people without cost is impossible for a company to handle. NGO should raise fund to produce solar radios. Also, NGO and the government should cooperate to find suitable people and make educational program. If some countries do not have money and ability to carry it out, NGO might help more. The company could improve their image and make people in developing countries as their potential buyers if they keep care about some problems occur after distributing radios.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

My initiative could be supported by people in wealth countries. We produce solar radio and sell it in online store. When people buy a radio, then a radio will be donated to developing countries. If people don’t want that radio than they can just donate the money. Companies and some organizations also could do it.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

I read an article about a girl living in India. She is working in quarry with her mom and sister. It is luxury for her to go to school. Also, women in Muslim can’t go to school because their father, their husband, and social prejudice don’t like women to learn. Even though we built schools for them, they still can’t go to school because of their hardship of life and social prejudice. Then how we could help them to learn? The answer is from the radio channel that I used to listen. Just like I getting news and listening music from radio, they could learn through educational broadcasting from radio. If they could learn through it, then they would learn even if they can’t go to school.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

The social innovator behind this idea is the unknown girl living in Nepal. I read her story from the NGO website, and I want to help her not just by money but by other way as a student majoring design. She is the person the social innovator behind this idea.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Friend or family member

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

As I mentioned before, women in developing countries have to work while others go to school. They want to study but they have no time for study. They should work for whole day to earn a little money to live.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology supply and distribution.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

When women in developing countries get radios, they could listen it for all day long, it is solar charging radio, so you just need to work at the outside with it.

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project was adapted to focus on women as a response to this challenge..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Low income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working on innovation.