Innovative Healthcare and Quality Education
Samsung Solar-Powered Internet School (SPIS) and Solar-Powered Health Centre (SPHC) to serve remote Maasai community in Tanzania
Ngorongoro District, Tanzania – 29 October 2016 – Samsung Electronics Africa has partnered with UNESCO in Tanzania to launch a multi-disciplinary programme that aims to provide and advance innovative community development strategies in health, education and socio-cultural and economic development.
The project, which is part of Samsung’s Corporate Citizenship strategy, will provide access to innovative healthcare and educational needs of the Maasai community in Ololosokwan, Ngorongoro district bordering the UNESCO World Heritage site and the world famous Serengeti ecosystem.
The multi-donor programme consists of a Samsung Solar-Powered Internet School as well as a Samsung Solar-Powered Health Centre, a Samsung Solar-Powered Tele-medicine centre, a Samsung solar-powered generator, a radio station, Loliondo FM, and the Community Art Space (CAS), a centre for the Maasai culture and crafts.
The Solar Powered Internet School is built in a 12-metre repurposed container that can accommodate up to 24 learners, and is fitted with solar panels that power the equipment. An interactive whiteboard, Samsung Galaxy note PCs, a printer and fans to cool the container are also provided to aid both the teacher and learners.
The Solar Powered Health Centre will provide a variety of eye, ear, blood, dental and pre- and post-natal screening and treatments. A ‘Mother and Child’ centre will specifically provide medical services to mothers and their babies.
The Solar Powered Tele-Medicine centre reduces the need for qualified doctors in rural areas as they are able to offer diagnosis, prescription and expert healthcare assistance through the use of tele-conferencing using the internet and Samsung Tablets.
“When people are healthy and educated, they can become active participants in the economy. Our partnership with UNESCO in this instance is notable in that we are fulfilling both of these needs with the Internet School and the Health Centre,” said Head of Marketing Communication of Samsung Electronics East Africa, Ms. Patricia King’ori.
Mrs. Zulmira Rodrigues Head of Office UNESCO, Tanzania said: “The programme is specifically designed to benefit the remote communities of Tanzania that often lack access to even basic social services and struggle to attain cultural and environmental sustainability. It will be a platform for holistic community development for UNESCO sectors, government and other development partners.”
A number of strategic development plans, including Tanzania’s Development Vision 2025 plan, recognise that ICT is central to the country’s competitive social and economic transformation. “These plans prioritise improved living standards, high-quality education and healthcare, decent work and better economic opportunities for citizens through public-private partnerships and through nurturing the skills and knowledge of the people. They are aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals of achieving good health, wellbeing, quality education and clean energy, as well as decent work for all,” adds Ms. King’ori.
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