Samsung Electronics Africa has launched its Digital Village in the Volta Region of Ghana. Positioned at the heart of communities like Volo in the North Tongu District Assembly, the Digital Village will provide access to the world’s most advanced information and communication technologies, education and health services to under-resourced areas, bridging the digital divide and serving as a catalyst for local business development and government service delivery.
The components of the Samsung Digital Village in Ghana include: a Solar Powered Internet School, built to accommodate up to 24 learners; a Solar Powered Tele-Medical Centre, and a Solar Power Generator that powers up the Admin Centre which can be used as office space for local entrepreneurs and any other nearby school or community centre personnel with limited electricity supply.
In addition to providing the appropriate technologies, Samsung is also working to ensure that the Volo community takes ownership of the Digital Village and receives adequate training to optimise use of the facilities.
According to a recent UNESCO report, there are still 58 million children out of school globally and around 100 million children who do not complete primary education, while healthcare in remote areas is non-existent due to shortage of facilities and urban-rural gap.
Samsung believes that technology is a powerful tool to change these circumstances, improve people’s lives and create a better society.