Samsung has launched a solar-powered internet school. The move is part of Samsung’s citizenship programme, which seeks to bring educational content and classrooms to towns based in rural areas.
Samsung Ghana has a vision of reaching over 2.5 million students based in Africa by 2015. The initiative primarily focuses on the deployment of ICT infrastructure as well as the professional development of educators and students. Additionally, the project focuses on content development and management, school administration and management as well as sharing best practices in the integration of ICTs in enhancing learning and teaching in the classroom.
According to Samsung Ghana, the initiative is being carried out with the Korean Education and Research Information Services, in collaboration with the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Education. Each school has been kitted out with a variety of equipment. The equipment consists of desks, an electronic board, solar powered notebooks, tablet devices as well as Wi-Fi enabled cameras.
Samsung Ghana also revealed that the school has a central server, which stores the school’s curriculum, up to grade 12, in order to provide easier access for students and teachers.
Harry Park, Managing Director for Samsung Electronics West Africa, stated that: “The endless supply of information on the internet contributes immensely to broadening the perspectives of children today, improving their lives and in so doing improving the communities in which they live.”
Technology and education go hand-in-hand, which means that projects like these place Africa at the forefront of the nations adopting and integrating ICT into their education models.