South Sudan

Education Sector

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.

Total number of SolarSPELL libraries deployed
Total number of people trained
Estimated number of people reached

Working With

  • Empower Kids South Sudan
  • Africa Educational Trust


  • January 2018
  • July 2019
  • November 2019

Photos from the Field


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July 31, 2019

Launching the SolarSPELL Training Center and SolarSPELL Health in Juba, South Sudan

The SolarSPELL team traveled to Juba, South Sudan for two weeks in…
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May 13, 2019

South Sudan: Journal Entry from Bruce Baikie

Last year, the ASU SolarSPELL initiative launched a partnership with EmpowerKids –…
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April 3, 2019

Build Day in a Bubble!

On Saturday, March 30th, 2019, an impassioned group of ASU students, staff,…