Samsung targets 5m with solar school project
INNOVATIONS| Oct. 13, 2012, 7:41 p.m.
Samsung says it aims to reach out to some five million students in Africa by 2015 with its Solar Powered Internet School initiative.
Samsung’s award-winning Solar Powered Internet School project was first rolled out in South Africa last year. The project takes environmentally-friendly, transportable classrooms equipped with computers to under-served areas.
Because the classrooms are solar powered, Samsung says they “are a perfect fit for Africa as they address one of the region’s biggest challenges – providing stable supply of electricity in rural areas.”
The 12-meter renovated shipping containers have solar panels installed on the roof. These can generate nine hours of electricity a day, powering the electronic equipment inside the classroom.
Each classroom is equipped with a 50-inch electronic board, Internet-enabled solar-powered notebooks, Samsung’s Galaxy tablet computers as well as Wi-Fi cameras – all of which help enrich the learning experience.
Up to 21 students can use the classroom, and the entire curriculums until grade 12 are stored in a central computer server, enabling two-way learning by connecting to the Internet. The school can also be moved easily with a truck so that students in even the remotest of areas can continue their education.
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