Social Enterprise in Tongan Schools

The Social Enterprise in Tongan Schools Odyssey Challenge will see students designing a technical strategy and business plan for a social enterprise which will assist Tongan schools with their energy and water needs, while reducing their environmental impact. Power and water bills are a significant burden for rural Tongan schools, and on occasion have forced some to close due to lack of funds. A past project carried out by EWBNZ’s to assist Vava’u High School in northern Tonga will be used as a case study, and will provide examples of previously attempted technical options and their level of success. Students’ research will provide further options to explore.

The Social Enterprise in Tongan Schools Odyssey Challenge will see students designing a technical strategy and business plan for a social enterprise which will assist Tongan schools with their energy and water needs, while reducing their environmental impact. Power and water bills are a significant burden for rural Tongan schools, and on occasion have forced some to close due to lack of funds. A past project carried out by EWBNZ’s to assist Vava’u High School in northern Tonga will be used as a case study, and will provide examples of previously attempted technical options and their level of success. Students’ research will provide further options to explore.

Competition Objectives

Students will research and design a technical assistance package for schools. This might include supply side (e.g. water collection and energy generation) and/or demand side (e.g. energy and water demand reduction) technical options. This package will be supported by an environmental, social and financial cost/benefit analysis and by an implementation plan.

Students will also develop a social enterprise business plan for delivering this assistance package to schools across Tonga. This business plan will be supported by an analysis of its scalability and sustainability, as well as feasibility of implementation and net benefit to communities in need.