The program will see pupils between the ages of 4 and 7 years trained on various technologies thus transforming the conventional classroom learning practices into a digital system and in turn modernizing the learning process.
While launching the pilot program at Nairobi’s Lavington Primary School, Samsung Electronics general manager Robert Ngeru said: “By adopting the digital classroom management system, the quality of education will be enhanced as the system provides an interactive learning environment between the pupils and teachers.”
He said that teachers would easily undertake their regular duties like administering quizzes, monitoring attendance and provide the pupils with the modern platforms of classroom interactions, putting both the school and the pupils a step ahead in the adoption of modern technology trends.
The training program focuses on demonstrating the advantages of computers and mobile phones in “making lives easier and science and mathematics more interesting.”
“Through the Smart School program, we are going beyond making our children more tech-savvy, but also equipping them with skills that will well position them for success in the global arena,” Ngeru added.
This is not the first time Samsung Electronics is getting involved in promoting education in Kenya. The electronics giant earlier this year partnered with eLimu foundation ensuring basic educational apps are loaded onto the Samsung Galaxy tab 7.0 plus.
In the greater Africa, Samsung has also been building engineering academies, with the latest being Nigeria. Samsung, in partnership with the Eko Project, a World Bank assisted initiative aimed at improving the quality of public secondary education, launched an academy in Lagos, Nigeria within the Agidimgbi Technical College, Ikeja.
South Africa and Kenya were the first ones to have the engineering academies established by the electronics maker.