Samsung Electronics’ East Africa has today launched two solutions in the Kyengera region, Kampala. A Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS), at Nsangi Secondary School and an E-Learning Center at Mackay Memorial College.
The initiatives are an example of Samsung’s investment in corporate citizenship on the continent, a keen focus on education and harnessing the company’s legacy of innovation to respond to the felt needs of people on the continent.
Research done by the World Bank reveals only seven (7) countries in Africa, including; Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Senegal and South Africa have electricity access rates exceeding 50%. The rest of the Sub Saharan region has an average grid access rate of just 25%, resulting in isolated communities with limited access to education and connectivity both of which are key to fast tracking a nation’s development.
Abey Tau, Public Affairs & Corporate Citizenship Manager of Samsung Electronics in Africa, said in a statement, “At Samsung, we’re keen to support societies and their commodities in many different ways and these solutions will provide better knowledge transfer, learning and research opportunities both for learners and teachers alike, as well as equip them with the necessary employable skills for the future.”
Samsung E-Learning center at Mackay Memorial College, is an integrated platform that boasts of a monitoring and controlling feature which allows teachers to keep constant track of educational content on their learner’s screens. The screens includes screen-sharing feature, as well as real-time question and answer feature.
The Minister of State for Higher Education, HON. John Chrysestom Muyingo, who was the Chief Guest Speaker at Mackay Memorial College, emphasized that, the Samsung solutions provide a holistic approach aimed at fast tracking educational development and ensuring that the youth can participate on a global scale by exposing them to today’s innovative technology.
To date, Samsung Electronics Africa has rolled out SPIS and E-Learning Centers solutions in countries like; Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Gabon, Botswana, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa.