Visiting Nepal’s Pilot Schools, Part II

Later in the afternoon we visited the second pilot school, Bishwamitra Lower Secondary School. The school is roughly 30 minutes walk from the main road. This school is more accessible than Bashuki School. It is a poor school with a mix of Dalit (untouchable), Chettry, and Brahmin children. It is physically much smaller than Bashuki school and has a smaller student population. It is also much more secure location. There is a barbed wire fence encircling school, this made us worry a little less about the risk of theft of power equipment and the School Server.

The teachers here were quite enthusiastic. Rabi and Saurav Discussed aspects of the pilot with the teachers for several hours.

View of Bishwamitra Lower Secondary School

The school is nestled into a hillside, making it a poor location for a wireless antenna. We are placing the wireless equipment that will connect the school to the Internet on the hillside from which this photo was taken.

Map of the School

The owner of this house has generously agreed to allow us to place a point-to-point antenna in his home. We will likely place it in the high window, which is in line of sight with our multipoint antenna located at the Department of Education, 10 km east of here. We will place an omni-directional antenna on the side of the roof facing the school. The Omnidirectional antenna has a range of 12 km in optimal conditions. We have yet to determine if conditions are “optimal” at this location. We plan for the School Server and XO’s to connect to the Internet and each other using the access point we will connect to the omni-directional antenna.

Bishwamitra School Close Up

Above is a closer view of the school. It is physically very small and serves roughly 240 kids, classes 1-8.

The school borrows power from a neighboring house and does not have its own power line. The school administators are arranging to get their own power line rated at 15 amps at our request.

Below is the room for Class 6. It measures 5.15 m x 4.21 m. The desks are 1.57 m in length and 25 cm deep. Here again it will be very easy for the laptops to fall forward off the desks. The Class 2 room has the same dimensions.

The Room for Class VI

Two Class 2 students. Today was exam day and exams had finished before our arrival.

Two Class 2 Students

Discussing the implementation with the teachers. Dr. Saurav Dev Bhatta of OLE Nepal is in the center. Dr. Dev Bhatta is Education Director for OLE Nepal. To the left wearing sunglasses is Rabi Karmacharya, Executive Director of OLE Nepal. I (Bryan Berry) am the Director of External Relations which means I write blog posts and wiki pages detailing their work :).

Discussing the Details with Bishwamitra Teachers

A rough map of the school.

Map of the School

Power Distribution at Bishwamitra

Power Distribution

Josh Seal of Belkin International took these photos. Thanks to Josh for his assistance on power issues for the pilot schools.

I am keeping journals of both pilot schools in the OLPC wiki, see Bishwamitra Journal and Bashuki Journal.

5 comments on “Visiting Nepal’s Pilot Schools, Part II

  1. Josh, I was wondering what is the capacity of the Circuit Breaker as shown in the photograph? 15amps@230Volts? since you are asking the government provide a new power-line to your school? 🙂

  2. The school currently is connected to mains [grid line] without any meter in between school and main line. The circuit breaker shown in the picture has been chosen by school arbitrarily and its rating is 5amp at 220v for the protection purpose.

    As we are preparing ourselves for the pilot phase at the school, OLE wants the electrification module to be updated and make it meet the Nepali government standard along with future requirements in mind.

    We are planning to get supply at 230v with 15 amp rating so that even when the load at the school increases (for various unforeseen reasons) we don’t have any setback from the power sector side not only now but in the future as well.

    Power requirement in school
    1. Electric bulbs ~ 25-30
    Two bulbs in each class room plus additional lights in staff room, toilets and school surroundings.
    2. Desktop computers -2 (this number can increase)
    3. Server 1
    4. Running 40+ oplc laptops
    5. During winter season, staff room might have heaters
    6. During school function days, the power requirement might spike up pretty high.

    Naturally, as the school develops and expands, power consumption also increases. Keeping these entire things in mind, we would like to prepare ourselves and leave nothing for chances.

  3. Manoj Ghimire on said:

    hey Brayn,

    i was pleased to look at your post.
    i would like to inform you that Bishwamitra School lies in Jyamirkot( Lubhoo VDC),not at Lamatar.

  4. I thought that this site is the information of nepal’s cultural . Any nice web site.

  5. A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.

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