Thursday, 25 August 2016

Samsung Partners Cross Rivers State On Smart School Programme

Samsung Electronics West Africa has commissioned the Samsung Smart School Project for teachers and students in Calabar. The initiative, which is an integral part of Samsung’s ‘Smart School Rollout’ scheme, is aimed at digitising classrooms on the platform of mobile learning across unity schools in Nigeria. Samsung had opened similar Smart Schools in Abuja and Ogun state.

Launched across the country in partnership with the various state governments, the Samsung Smart School Project will ensure that secondary schools benefit from the Digital Classroom, which is equipped with mobile devices, electronic boards, thin client monitors, learning contents all from Samsung Electronics West Africa and her partner, Etiam Global, for more collaborative, engaging and interactive education.

The platform will focus on the training of 50 teachers in basic computer literacy, provision of access to tools teachers need for impactful teaching, empowering them to access digital content which can be shared with students at any location; facilitating better conduct and monitoring of student’s progress, and also providing students with learning tools from any location through Samsung’s mobile devices.

Speaking at the event, which held at Government Secondary School, State Housing Estate, Calabar, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr Changwook Lee, represented by the Head, Enterprise Business solution/IT Business, Mr. Anu Rotimi Agboola, said that Samsung has decided to equip the country’s teachers with the skills and motivation they need to lead their students towards a successful future in the 21st Century. He stated that, “the global initiative by the company is an indication of the value it places on people and its willingness to help them build and change the society the way they desire.”

Flagging off the Smart school program early this month, Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, represented by his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, said the initiative was a testimonial that signed MoUs by the administration were beginning to come to fruition.

Prof. Esu said: "The project is focused on training the trainers and Calabar will soon be a smart city, "adding that "fibre optic cables have been laid, relevant contracts have been prepared and very soon, wherever you are, you will be able to access the internet."

He charged the beneficiaries to use the facilities wisely in order to meet the demands of the 21st century technology and for the centre not to colonise its gains but allow others to benefit as well.

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