South Sudan was the first country SolarSPELL expanded to in East Africa.
In partnership with Empower Kids South Sudan and Africa Educational Trust, SolarSPELL conducted a pilot phase with three schools in the Juba, Yambio, and Rumbek districts. The pilot phase was launched in January with a training that was held in Kigali, Rwanda with teachers and administrators from each pilot school in South Sudan. After the training, the teachers and administrators returned to South Sudan and led trainings for the other teachers and students at their home schools. South Sudan is also the first country where SolarSPELL deployed Library Labs–with six tablets, two batteries and a solar panel in a waterproof suitcase–to each pilot school, because of the limited local availability of WiFi-capable devices. With the efforts of Empower Kids South Sudan, the East Africa version of the SolarSPELL digital library includes the national primary-level textbooks, provided by the South Sudan Ministry of Education.