Samsung Africa has launched a solar-powered internet school – a 12-metre container that can accommodate at least 21 pupils, each with a laptop, and has 24 solar panels providing nine hours of power a day. Fully charged, the batteries can last three to five days.
Samsung’s Internet Schools Programme provides a technology-rich learning and teaching environment to K-12 classrooms across five countries in Africa as a pilot programme (South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan), and their goal is to scale into more countries in the coming years.
The programme focuses on the deployment of ICT Infrastructure like the Samsung Interactive Whiteboard, commonly called E-board, the multi-purpose Samsung printer and Note PCs – as well as comprehensively on infrastructure deployment, professional development of educators, content development and management, school administration and management as well as sharing best practices in the integration of ICTs in enhancing learning.
Addressing a common resource challenge faced by several rural African communities, Samsung is piloting Solar-powered Internet Schools as part of the programme in SA, Kenya and Nigeria. We are investing ahead of the curve as we envisage explosive innovation and uptake of Solar-Powered electronics in Africa, thus creating commensurate workforce.
The e-board allows for cross-group collaboration between and among educators and learners across geographical boundaries. It can embed the Note PC, run a video conferencing, access the internet, and connect to the Note PCs in the lab, all simultaneously, providing an amazing learning and teaching experience for the educators and learners.