A floating school in Lagos brings solar power to slums #SolarPower
Floating School brings solar power to slums. via qz.com
Two years ago, Makoko, a water slum in the murky Lagos lagoon was shot into prominence following the construction of the Makoko Floating School by NLE Works, an architectural firm led by Kunle Adeyemi, one of Quartz’s 2015 Africa Innovators. Home to as many 100,000 people, the slum nicknamed the ‘Venice of Lagos’—a thriving community of residents who live out the entirety of their lives on water and in the backdrop of one of Africa’s largest urban centers. But a lack of regular power supply, proper waste disposal systems, basic school infrastructure and multiple health risks are issues the slum has been faced with.
Seeking to solve one of these pressing needs, Adeyemi built a low-cost school with support from the United Nations and Heinrich Boll Foundation. With the capacity to serve 100 school children, the floating school has since become an icon of urbanization in one of the world’s fastest growing megacities.
Now, Adeyemi’s firm announced that the Makoko Floating School has received funding from Lagos State’s tourism ministry to install solar power and also light up the Makoko waterfront.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.