The head of Public Relations and Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics Africa Office, Ms. Sthembile Shabangu, has revealed at the Samsung Africa Forum 2017 that Samsung is advancing plans to improve digital transformation in Africa’s education system. She said, “In today’s digital era, any community, especially disadvantaged areas, will benefit from hands-on experience with technology. Our aim is to make sure that every African child has access to education, no matter where they are – be it in a rural area lacking infrastructure or perhaps in an existing infrastructure that lacks educational resources – by providing access to technology.”
Samsung is at the forefront of using its resources and expertise with efforts to help the continent achieve its Sustainable Development Goals. “Work of this nature can never be achieved in isolation. Collaboration with communities, governments and NPOs become critical in making sure that any Corporate Citizenry efforts move that much further. We are encouraged by the sustainable partnerships we have with UNESCO, KOICA and KERIS to name a few,” she added.
Samsung has been delivering support to the global community by creating new learning opportunities so that young people can enjoy access to better education; and by supporting youth employment through vocational training and skills development. Currently, Samsung have launched 10 Digital Villages, 33 Solar-Powered Internet Schools (SPIS), 27 eLearning Centres, 22 Smart Schools, 12 Engineering Academies and 8 Digital Libraries across Africa and plans to establish more this year. The company works with educators around the world to improve learning experiences through the use of technology, facilitating a limitless classroom environment that gives students access to a world of knowledge from their desks or on the go. This is made possible by solutions designed with Africa in mind, namely the Solar Powered Internet Schools, Smart Schools and E-Learning Academies.
Ms. Sthembile Shabangu added that, “Investing in the skills of the youth also benefits Samsung, The more young people we can develop in the electronics industry, the better it is for us and our customers who can be assured of our ability to provide excellent service.”
Samsung uses its talents, skills and technologies to make a positive impact on the world, helping to shape a smart, sustainable future for all.