Ghana to benefit from Solar Powered Internet School project
COMPUTING| July 25, 2014, 1:19 p.m.
Shipping containers repurposed into solar-powered classrooms are giving students in the most remote parts of Africa access to education and innovation and Ghana will soon be benefiting from this innovative project from Samsung.
Samsung's Solar-Powered Internet Schools Initiative forms part of Samsung’s Citizenship program and it will bring mobile classrooms filled with gadgets to rural towns.
By outfitting a mobile shipping container with desks, a 65-inch electronic board, Internet-enabled solar-powered notebooks, Samsung Galaxy tablet computers and Wi-Fi cameras, children can receive a technology-rich education without travelling far.
Each 12-meter portable classroom has space for up to 24 students to learn how to use computers and how to surf the Internet, many for the first time. The schools are specifically designed for African conditions, and can withstand energy-scarce environments, harsh weather conditions and transportation over long distances.
Fold-away solar panels provide enough energy to power the classrooms’ equipment for up to nine hours a day, and for one-and-a-half days without any sunlight. The solar panels are made from rubber, rather than glass, ensuring they are hardy and durable enough to survive long journeys across the continent.
Samsung is working with the Government of Ghana and the Ministry of Education, local educators, content developers, school administration and management to integrate the Internet Schools into local communities in Ghana by the end of July.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
ITU to build united front against technology fakersITU will host high-level talks in a bid to improve global coordination in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) as part of strategies to combat counterfeit and substandard ICT devices. Read More
More Congo-Brazzaville women linking up with ICTsMore women are moving to learn to use ICTs in DRC, say ‘backyard’ teachers. Read More
Has the operating system become a modern day utility?As we make the shift to the cloud era, computing’s traditional building blocks, including the operating system, are increasingly abstracted away, says Red Hat. Read More
Congo Brazzaville’s BantuHub offers ICT relief to localsThe BantuHub ICT centre in Brazzaville is a real cure for techentrepreneurs, bloggers, start-ups and other technology-minded people seeking a quick and an effective relief for their ICT headaches. Read More
Innovative products and professional services give Schneider Electric and end users the edgeRecognising enterprises' need for a specialist partner, Schneider Electric has developed its professional services based on using technology to improve end users’ efficiencies and communications, while making current and new markets accessible to them in faster, more competitive ways. Read More
Brocade appoints new Senior Director of Technology, EMEAIndustry veteran Brian Levy will lead regional growth and operational excellence, further strengthening the Brocade leadership team. Read More
Electricity in Africa: is payment the problem?While prepaid meters go halfway to solving the problem, making payment points widely available for people to purchase prepaid electricity vouchers is just as important, says Nomanini. Read More
Overcoming the challenges of location independent computingAchieving true location-independent computing requires an application performance platform that maintains visibility no matter where or when the applications are located or accessed, says Riverbed. Read More
Vodacom: cloud computing is IT industry game changerVodacom Business Nigeria says cloud computing will address all issues relating to reduction in cost of operating business in the country, but it lamented that businesses in the country are still lagging behind, with only a third of them currently using cloud technology. Read More
FEATURED STORYMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers
Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHiProcure delivers inputs to farmers’ doorsteps using ICTs
An innovation dubbed iProcure is already being used by several agro input firms which are now relying on it to distribute their products to farmers.
COMPANY NEWSSchneider Electric signs exclusive off-grid solar distribution agreement with Zimbabwean firm
Schneider Electric has announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with Samansco, a Zimbabwean renewable energy, back-up power and appropriate technology company.SAP Innovation Helps The Global Fund Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa
Extending a longstanding partnership, SAP is a founding member of The Global Fund’s new Innovation Coalition to support disease prevention and treatment.