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14 May, at 08 : 35 AM Print
As part of its expansion plans in and across Central and East Africa, Samsung Electronics East Africa has launched the first solar-powered internet school (SPIS) at GS Kamabare School in Bugesera District, Rwanda.
The project will provide students with free access to internet and information technology across the world as part of strengthening their education backbone and future of technology.
The project will be an addition to Rwanda’s desire to become an ICT hub in the East African region and Rwanda has made ICT development a major development priority with emphasis on technology based education to drive the country into a middle income economy by 2020.
According to Samsung its vision is to reach more than 2.5 million students in Africa by 2015, the programme focuses on the deployment of ICT infrastructure; professional development of educators; content development and management; school administration and management; as well as sharing best practices in the integration of ICT in enhancing learning and teaching in the classroom.
Robert Ngeru, vice-president – East and Central Africa at Samsung, said the schools are built for use in remote rural areas with little or no electricity connectivity and are easily transportable via truck.
“The fold-away solar panels provide enough energy to power the classroom’s equipment for up to nine hours a day. The solar panels are made from rubber instead of glass to ensure they are hardy and durable enough to survive long journeys across the continent,” he explained.
Apparently Samsung plans to install Smart Schools, which include a secure classroom that will be equipped with Galaxy tablets, e-board, servers and internet. Already one Smart School has been installed at GS Gashaki School in Musanze District, Northern Province.