Three schools in Limpopo have received an early Christmas present: according to a press statement, Samsung South Africa has gifted Mahwibitswane High School and Tshikalange Primary School and Bathokwa High School new computer labs and elearning centres under the terms of its Socio-Economic Development obligations under BBBEEE.
Two of the classrooms provided are solar-powered computer labs built into shipping containers. Samsung’s Solar Powered Internet Schools (SPIS) have been in development for five years and are in action around the continent. The third set-up is an e-Learning Centre (E-LC), also designed and built by Samsung.
The SPIS is a a 12-metre long,solar-powered, mobile and self-regulating repurposed shipping container turned into a classroom that is designed specifically for schools with restricted infrastructure. Each SPIS has a 50-inch electronic board, notebooks, tablets and WiFi cameras and can accommodate up to 21 learners. Solar panels on the SPIS roof can power the teaching area for up to nine hours a day.
“The SPIS will assist educators and learners in participating and also engaging with other schools on various educational activities, set out by the Department of Education,” says NG Nemukula, principal at Tshikalange Primary.
E-LCs come with 40 Samsung tablets pre-loaded with Samsung’s school solution software, an air-conditioning system, a large format digital white board, , Wi-Fi hotspots and a Freedom Toaster content kiosk that learners can use to transfer learning material onto USBs or CDs.
“We are working with educators around the country to improve learning experiences through the use of technology, by facilitating a classroom environment that is limitless and gives students access to a world of knowledge from their desks and on the go,” said Pitso Kekana, head of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung.