Friday, September 25, 2015

Samsung lifts Uganda with SPIS at 5th Innovation Africa

Arrangement has been concluded for the Samsung Electronics Africa team to address the fifth Innovation Africa Summit taking place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda from 30 September to 2 October 2015, even as it lifts the country with a donation of Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS)  solution, reports ITRealms.

The summit, ITRealms gathered would have in attendance over 40 African ministers, deputy ministers, and cabinet secretaries from 30 countries to meet and share insights on education, innovation and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills development in Africa.

Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs Manager, Samsung Electronics Africa, Abey Tau was quoted in a press statement made available by the African Press Organisation (APO) as saying they were 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,” Tau said.

At the Summit,
ITRealms gathered, Samsung would showcase the Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) solution that has been rolled out throughout the continent in countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique, to name a few

Even as plans are high to surprise one local Ugandan school by donating the SPIS to them, and add Uganda to the growing list of countries benefiting from this solution. 
ITRealms equally gathered that every meeting that Samsung has secured with the delegates would take place in the SPIS, built in a 12-metre renovated shipping container that could accommodate up to 24 pupils, and fitted with solar panels that power the equipment. 
Tau explained that SPIS at the summit has been equipped with a 65-inch large-format display screen, a teacher’s laptop, Samsung notebooks, a printer, and fans to cool the container.
The classroom’s computer server, Tau said, is loaded with educational content that covers the entire basic education syllabus, allowing facilitators to teach any subject or grade. While energy efficient LED lighting and an Internet Protocol (IP) camera have been designed to use Third Generation (3G) connectivity, thus allows for remote classroom monitoring.
The donation of an SPIS to Uganda, Tau pointed out, aligns well with the Samsung philosophy that technology and education go hand-in-hand

“Projects like the SPIS are at the forefront of integrating ICT into Africa’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 – the future leaders of our continent,” Tau submitted.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)  
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