By Abdi Ali
Published September 25, 2015
Samsung Electronics Africa is expected to participate in a three-day summit on education, innovation and ICT development skills in Africa in he Ugandan capital, Kampala, from September 30, 2015.
More than 40 African ministers, deputy ministers, and cabinet secretaries from 30 countries are expected to meet at the 5th Innovation Africa Summit that shall take place at Speke Resort Munyonyo and run through October 2, 2015.
At the Summit Samsung will showcase the Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) solution that has been rolled out throughout the continent in countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique. At the end of the Summit Samsung is expected to surprise one local Ugandan school by donating the SPIS to them, adding Uganda to the growing list of countries benefiting from the SPIS.
â€œWe are excited to be participating once again at this event and look forward to engaging with ministers and their delegations about innovations and solutions that respond to African problems. It is critical for Samsung not to have a blanket approach but rather tailor make solutions, and Innovation Africa gives us the opportunity to share insights with the different ministries and officials,â€ says Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs Manager, Abey Tau.
All meetings that Samsung has secured with the delegates will take place in the SPIS, built in a 12-metre renovated shipping container that can accommodate up to 24 pupils, and fitted with solar panels that power the equipment.
Furthermore, it is equipped with a 65-inch large-format display screen, a teacherâ€™s laptop, Samsung notebooks, a printer, and fans to cool the container. The classroomâ€™s computer server is loaded with educational content that covers the entire basic education syllabus, allowing facilitators to teach any subject or grade. Energy-efficient LED lighting and an IP camera, which is designed to use 3G connectivity, allows for remote classroom monitoring.
â€œThe donation of a SPIS aligns well with our philosophy that technology and education go hand-in-hand. Projects like the SPIS are at the forefront of integrating ICT into Africaâ€™s education models and illustrate our commitment to innovation. We hope the SPIS positively impacts the people of Uganda and provides them with tangible solutions which will enhance the lives of learners â€“ the future leaders of our continent,â€ says Tau.