Samsung Africa: technology and social challenges

The South Korean company places its technological know-how at disposal of the social challenges to which Africa must face up. That’s why, the Solar Powered School, the smart school and digital village have been established. They are three “experiments” projecting Africa into the future.

The technological frontiers of the right to education.

New technologies can be placed at disposal of education in many ways. They can create structures capable of establishing schools in areas that today are considered as inaccessible; they can design new modes and studying platforms; they can make innovative and revolutionary instruments available to students and teachers. They are all areas where Samsung Electronics Africa, a continental department of the Asian giant, has chosen to risk with charitable projects having a high social impact. The basic idea is that digitization and innovation can encourage the realization of the right to education, by creating new ways of learning as well as breaking down the barriers that often prevent most of the world population from accessing culture.

In South Africa, for example, a first sample of Solar Powered Internet School has been put at disposal of the Chief SW Nhlapo Secondary School of Dundonald; it is a mobile “class” being energy self-sufficient and equipped with all technological comforts. The school is powered by solar generators and is managed by wireless connections. It is also a project that rewards one of the most important and efficient schools in the province of Mpualaga.

Solar Powered Internet School

Solar Powered Internet School

Digital Villages and Smart Schools: Africa is changing.

Another sample of Solar Powered Internet School has also been included in the Digital Villageopened, by Samsung of course, in Gabon. In this third millennium “Village”, the administrative, school and health structures exploit the ICT innovations to spread information on the Web and to improve communication and the meeting with citizens. Moreover, these institutes represent a real meeting place for both students, who can continue to attend them after school hours, and for entrepreneurs, who benefit from information digitization.

In Senegal, on the contrary, Samsung has chosen to focus on the production and the use of school contents, rather than on infrastructures, and has created, together with Millennium Connect Africa, the “Samsung Smart School”. It is an integrated platform allowing teachers to organize and structure their online lessons, to share them with their students and finally to test them, in interconnected mode of course.

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