Samsung targets 5m with solar school project

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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