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 our goal is to scale into more countries in the coming years.
With these centres across the continent, we aim to reach 2.5 million learners in the next five years to 2015.
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 and teaching, in the classroom.
Addressing a common resource challenge faced by several rural African communities, we are 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.