Updated on September 16, 2018


Created on September 8, 2017


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Combination of freely available software and content modules that enable online educational materials into places with limited or no internet access

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Product Description

RACHEL, the Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning, is a combination of freely available software and content modules that enable online educational materials into places with limited or no internet access. The content is available in multiple languages and can be customized to suit local needs.

It is divided into two areas:

– RACHEL Content Library, which can be installed and deployed freely and everywhere by downloading content from their site

– RACHEL Hardware, a hardware, pre-installed with the most-used RACHEL content.

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Manufacturing/Building Method

RACHEL Content Library is developed mainly with Shell, PHP and Perl. The RACHEL-Pi is based on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

Intellectural Property Type

Open Source

User Provision Model

RACHEL Content Library is provided through their GitHub site and FTP site. RACHEL Hardware can be purchased through the project's web page.

Distributions to Date Status

Rachel is used by hundreds of partner organizations in over 40 countries worldwide

Design Specifications

RACHEL-Corrections 3.0 - Required skills: None - Number of simultaneous users: 20-50 - Supported content storage: 500GB HDD RACHEL-Plus - Required skills: None - Number of simultaneous users: 10-50 - Supported content storage: 500GB HDD RACHEL-Pi - Required skills: SSH or linux command line for safe shutdown (recommended) - Number of simultaneous users: 1-10 - Supported content storage: 64GB

Technical Support

There is an open community for support and a side community called RACHEL Friends that aims to improve, expand, spread, and document RACHEL, the best ways use it, and experiences deploying it.

Replacement Components

For RACHEL Content Library it does not apply. For RACHEL Hardware there are differentiated policies for every product.


For RACHEL Content Library it does not apply. For RACHEL Hardware this is unknown.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

  • Easy to build
  • Easy to use: Turn it on and connect to "RACHEL" as you would any wifi network. Open a web browser and type the web address (a number listed on the front sticker of your RACHEL). Once you're connected to RACHEL, you can instantly access offline versions of the world's best free educational websites including Wikipedia, Khan Academy, and over 100 more.

Vetted Performance Status

Results of an independent evaluation of the Sergio Paiz Andrade Foundation’s (Funsepa) pilot program in Sacatepéquez presented in this report. The pilot aimed to take an innovative approach to Funsepa’s traditional programming and enhance student academic performance in mathematics. The results show that consistently, students with access to e-education resources scored more than 10% that their control group counterpart. An independent evaluation of The Samuel Morris Scholar’s Pilot Program initiated by Innovative Education Liberia (IEL) in a remote, rural county of Liberia during the 2015-2016 academic year show that, relative to the comparison group, the pilot intervention leads to an average increase of 10 points in math scores, out of a maximum possible score of 100 points, which is double the increase of five points produced by Funsepa’s traditional program.



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Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations

Yes. All content available within RACHEL solution is open source and can be freely share everywhere.

Other Information

There are video-tutorials on the Jeremy Schwartz YouTube Channel.

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