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Weʼre raising £1,500 to fund a solar panel for a primary school in rural Ethiopia

Ogolcho, Ethiopia

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The Garasalan primary school is located in the heart of the RiftVolc project study area. RiftVolc is an Ethiopian-UK consortium of academic researchers who are studying the past, present and future of volcanic activity in central Ethiopia, an area which is known in the geological literature as the Main Ethiopian Rift. The school is in rural Ethiopia, in a spectacular landscape dominated by active faults, fumaroles and volcanoes. We have selected this school to organise a range of educational activities as part of the project, with the aim to make the children aware of the unique geological environment they grow up in. Who knows, one of them may be inspired to become a geoscientist one day!

In addition to the activities we will organise, the school directors have expressed that the school would benefit from having a solar panel. There is currently no electricity in the school, or even in the village - except in the local health centre - and this complicates teaching. A solar panel would allow them to power a TV unit and provide recorded lectures for the 1000 children attending the school. The use of recorded educational material is a common method applied in schools in larger towns in Ethiopia, and so we hope to be able to provide the rural school with this tool as well, thereby significantly releasing the burden on the 15-strong teaching staff.

Some of the activities we will organise include an interactive session with the children to learn about geology and a teaching-the-teachers session. The school is also kindly giving us space on one of the walls to create an educational painting. They already have a few on biology and chemistry, so geology will also take its place!

The activity and delivery of the solar panel is foreseen for January 2019. In order to support the fundraising, we will take on a few challenges during the course of 2018, starting with Karen running her first Marathon in her hometown of Antwerp.

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  • Karen Fontijn4 months ago
    Karen Fontijn

    Karen Fontijn

    4 months ago

    Antwerp Marathon completed in 4:14:19! A bit slower than I would have liked, but the warm weather made it bloody tough... Thanks again for all the support, it's very much appreciated!

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  • Karen Fontijn4 months ago
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    Karen Fontijn

    4 months ago

    This is going fast - many thanks for those first donations everyone!

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Page last updated on: 5/14/2018 8:13 AM



  • Conall Mac Niocaill

    Conall Mac Niocaill

    May 14, 2018

    Well done Karen, and a great cause.


  • Pablo Tierz López

    Pablo Tierz López

    May 13, 2018


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    May 12, 2018

  • Claire Grainger

    Claire Grainger

    Apr 30, 2018

    Great idea, Karen! Hope you inspire a whole generation of local scientists!


  • Emma C

    Emma C

    Apr 26, 2018

    Good luck with the fundraising!


  • Richard Katz

    Richard Katz

    Apr 25, 2018

    Great idea Karen. Good luck with the project.

  • Alex Bjarnason

    Alex Bjarnason

    Apr 24, 2018


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Karen Fontijn

Karen Fontijn

Ogolcho, Ethiopia

Volcanologist studying the history of East African volcanoes in order to understand potential future eruptions. Supporter of Science in Africa. Considering volcanoes as a resource rather than a hazard.

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