Samsung Electronics East Africa has launched the Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) in Kenya in a move to increase the standard of education irrespective of the public schools’ ability to provide of learning material, electricity connectivity and ICT. This SPIS is a 40-foot shipping container that Samsung furnishes with 24 Samsung Laptops plus one for the teacher, a multi-purpose Samsung printer, a 50 inch electronic board, a server, internet access and the solar panels. All this devices are optimized for the use in solar –powered environment at a total cost of 12.9 million ($146,997).

The children of Arap Moi School in Kenya’s Kajiado County will now have access to the internet in their school, courtesy of Hope for Children Initiative of Samsung electronics. This project will be useful to the Arap Moi School as well as 9 other nearby schools. Two teachers from Arap Moi School were amongst several teachers that were trained by the Korea Education and Research Information Service [KERIS] in Korea for two weeks.


Samsung has partnered with Intel and the Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) to preinstall content on the computers. Samsung has also teamed up with Safaricom to provide internet connectivity, for a period of five years, to the SPIS to facilitate connectivity to the world of information and research.

Samsung has a school in Botswana, at Nxau Nxau which uses the SPIS and another one in Phumulong, Thembisa South Africa, using an SPIS as well. There are two schools in both Zambia and Tanzania that are experimenting with the Solar Powered Generator (SPG) for their e-learning centres.


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