Underlining its commitment to help facilitate the growth and development of Nigeria’s education sector, Samsung Electronics West Africa has launched its fourth Samsung Smart School Project for teachers and students in Akwa Ibom State.
The project is targeted at training teachers in basic computer literacy, while also providing them access to tools they need for more impactful teaching. Through deployment of its pioneering Smart Classroom solutions, the company aims to provide a purposeful and smart learning environment. Other Smart Schools have also been established in Abuja, Ogun and Cross River states.
The electronic giant presented two units of the widely acclaimed Samsung Interactive White Board (E-Boards) to Uyo High School, situated in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. In addition, the company also presented 50 units of Samsung Thin Clients , and other devices such as , keyboards and Mouse, laptop, 6.5KVA Solar Power, solar panels, tables and chairs. All these will help to empower teachers to access digital content which can be shared with students at any location, conduct assessments and monitor students progress as well as provide students with learning tools.
Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Changwook Lee, represented by the Head, Enterprise Business Team/IT Business, Mr. Anu Rotimi Agboola, during the event, said the Samsung Smart School initiative is a testament to the company’s commitment to assisting stakeholders in Nigeria’s education sector bridge the digital divide as well as make the learning environment more interactive, using the latest technology.
“The inauguration of the Samsung Smart School in Akwa Ibom State represents an important part of our continuing effort to deliver the classroom of the future today using the Samsung Smart School Solution. This innovative solution frees educators from the confines of standing at a chalkboard or projector and allows them to move about the classroom, conducting interactive lessons and activities through their touch screen tablet or notebook computer. We’re confident that schools that adopt the solution will find it to be a powerful and effective platform for engaging students, elevating learning and fostering a truly interactive learning environment,” he said.
The solution provides teachers with the ability to lead interactive lessons and real-time group activities through its convenient screen and content sharing features. It also delivers learning management tools, enabling students to access course materials and information.
“We are experiencing a fundamental shift from learning to use technology to using technology to learn and thus, we can only expect the concept of smart learning to accelerate. As a promoter and facilitator of smart learning and IT skills acquisition in Nigeria, Samsung is committed to providing educational solutions that empower educators and students alike by giving them the tools they need to transform their learning and teaching experiences,” Lee said.
On his part, Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Moses Ekpo, commended Samsung for keying into the state’s education policy on Information and Communication Technology.
“Samsung’s Smart School Solution is the perfect opportunity to nurture students’ growth through interactive technology and also help them adapt to global trends in information technology. ICT has taken a centre stage in the global development as most issues are driven by solutions provided by ICT,” he said.
He applauded the company’s choice of a public school at a central and accessible location within the heart of the town where students from other schools can easily congregate, adding that the state government has continued to put everything in place towards the development of ICT in educational institutions in the state, to enable students cope well in contemporary global settings.