Samsung Academy for Ekiti State
DEVELOPMENT| Sept. 12, 2012, 4:25 p.m.
Samsung Electronics has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Ekiti State Government, Nigeria, to build a second Engineering Academy in Nigeria, following the first such project launched in Lagos in August. The new academy will open in early 2013.
Through the Engineering Academies, Samsung Electronics Africa supplies information technologies to help develop promising African students into IT experts and provide them with the support needed to secure employment or start their own businesses. The first of these pioneering academies was built in South Africa last year, followed by another in Kenya before the start of the project in Nigeria this year.
Executive Vice President Nam Seong-woo, who leads the IT Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics, met with Governor Kayode Fayemi and state officials from Ekiti at Samsung’s Suwon offices on September 10th. Both parties discussed various cooperation approaches to help develop the education sector in Ekiti, including the opening of Engineering Academies and the adoption of educational IT solutions.
Last year, Samsung Electronics signed a contract committing the company to supply 100,000 units of the NC 215S, a solar-powered netbook, to an educational institute in Ekiti State. The netbook can be used for up to one hour when it is recharged for two hours using solar energy. Through the contract, Samsung is helping to lay a foundation for an improved IT and learning environment for Nigeria’s youth.
Along with the signing of the MOU, Samsung and Ekiti officials also held discussions on the 2013 Education Market Development project, an initiative aiming for the adoption of innovative technology products for the education sector. These include Samsung Smart PCs, debuted at IFA 2012; the 100N, a netbook PC specifically aimed at the education market in developing countries; as well as a number of additional educational applications and solutions.
During their visit to the Suwon business site, the Nigerian officials - including representatives from the health, finance, education, and science & technology departments of Ekiti - demonstrated particular interest in Samsung’s Smart School Solution concept, which Samsung is developing in tandem with educational institutes in Korea and around the world.
As part of the visit, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti visited Samsung Electronics’ Suwon business site and some of Korea’s educational and medical facilities, including the Samsung Delight Hall and the Samsung Medical Center. The governor noted: “The IT revolution currently being led by Samsung is extraordinary. I expect Africa’s youths to learn a great deal thanks to the active support provided by Samsung’s IT Solutions division.”
Executive Vice President Nam Seong-Woo added: “We will supply Samsung notebook PCs as well as independently-developed educational solutions as part of our continual efforts to help consumers in developing countries enjoy the benefits of cutting-edge information technologies.”
MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
FSDEA announces ‘Future Leaders of Angola’ scholarshipFundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) has announced the launch of its Scholarship Program, called ‘Future Leaders of Angola’, aimed at building up the economic empowerment and capacity of a new workforce in the country. Read More
Tigo CEO encourages more girls to study ICTThe Chief Executive Officer of telecommunication company Tigo Ghana limited, Roshi Motman, is encouraging more girls to study ICT. Read More
Schneider Electric trains 50,000 in energy managementSchneider Electric has trained more than 50,000 people in energy management as part of its BipBop energy access programme. Read More
Samsung Electronics launches first Solar Powered Internet School in GhanaChildren in the deprived community of Dago in the Akuapem South District of Ghana’s Eastern Region have received their first Solar Powered Internet School. Read More
US, AfDB enhance Power Africa partnershipAs part of the US-African Leaders Summit, African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Donald Kaberuka, reaffirmed the AfDB’s support to advance the Power Africa initiative, with a commitment of $3 billion over a 5-year period. Read More
Samsung joins Habitat for HumanitySamsung Electronics South Africa has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to aid in building the community of Pelican Park in South Africa. Read More
Airtel Africa, Kenya Airways sign pan-African CSR partnershipAirtel has entered into a partnership with Kenya Airways to drive a broader Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in Africa. Read More
Schneider Electric connects Nike Soweto Marathon to ParisThe already heavy winning purse of prize money for this year’s Nike Soweto Marathon has been further amplified by Schneider Electric, offering an all-expenses paid trip to an international race. Read More
SEACOM supports Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason expeditionSEACOM is supporting an ambitious expedition to put Marine Protected Areas on the global agenda. Read More
China donates $800,000 in solar street lights to KCCAThe Chinese government has officially handed over solar street lamps to Uganda’s KCCA at a ceremony at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Read More
FEATURED STORYNigeria’s VAS providers ‘on brink of extinction’
WASPAN chief Simon Aderinlola says unless the regulator intervenes, WASPAN may not have anything left to regulate. Kokumo Goodie reports.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.