Samsung has added to its growing list of education initiatives in East Africa by bolstering its Library Project in East Africa through the rollout of e-reader tablets to eight different schools across the region. The 280 tablets, along with 1,500 reading books in both English and Kiswahili, have been distributed amongst four schools in Kenya which each received 30 tablets, two in Tanzania and two in Uganda which each received 40 tablets making a total of 280 tablets in the region. Samsung also partnered with Longhorn Publishers in order to develop the library of content which has been made available.
“The introduction of interactive technology in the classroom makes learning fun,” says Jung Hyun Park, VP and MD at Samsung Electronics East Africa. “As such, we believe that these partnerships will go a long way to helping enhance learning outcomes.”
(TOP: Pupils from Kampi Primary School in Nyeri County, one of the beneficiary schools, show a parent how the Samsung tablets work).
The initiative is the latest project in the electronics giant’s drive to enhance the learning experience of students in East Africa specifically and Africa as a whole. To date it has launched 33 Solar-Powered Internet Schools (SPIS), 27 eLearning Centres, 22 Smart Schools, 12 Engineering Academies and eight Digital Libraries across Africa.
The Samsung Smart School is an integrated platform consisting of learning software and real-time content sharing features that provide an opportunity for interactive engagement with both teachers and students. Designed specifically to address education challenges in more rural areas, the SPIS is equipped with tablets, an electronic smart board and Internet connectivity.
In Kenya, Samsung’s education solutions have also expanded to include the provision of libraries across various parts of the country. Thika Primary, Kiptilit Primary School, Bamburi Primary, Emusire Primary and Kambi Primary are some of the schools which Samsung has equipped with books and tablets. The tablets have been loaded with curriculum-aligned e-readers to help develop the students’ language skills in both English and Kiswahili. These solutions are part of the giant electronic firm’s vision for a future in which students receive instruction in such a way that they are more easily able to digest information and are more effectively engaged in learning.
“Samsung firmly believes that technology has a critical role to play in making education more accessible and in helping schools to achieve better results,” says Mr. Park. “With each new project that we undertake we hope to make a significant impact in the lives of East African learners.”