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Even though the electronic giant is under pressure from withdrawal of its flagship smartphone model Galaxy Note7 from the market that may cost the company about $5.3 billion, Samsung Electronic West African last week opened another Smart School for Teachers in Nigeria at Model Primary School, Elekahia in Rivers State.
The company said in a statement that the project, an initiative between Samsung and Rivers State Government was the fourth of five facilities already launched in Nigeria, with one more launch planned in Delta State.
The launch comes immediately after the company established a Samsung Smart School in Imo State early last month where the Executive Governor of Imo State, Mr. Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. George Eche and other dignitaries were in attendance.
“In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to improve education, we believe it is essential to equip teachers with basic computer literacy, as well as provide them with the tools they need to use ICTs for curriculum development and more impactful teaching. The Smart School for Teachers launched in Abuja, Ogun, Imo and now Rivers States is an important step in achieving this,” explains Chang Wook Lee, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa.
To date, 135 teachers have been trained on the use of the Samsung Smart School solution. Training for the Rivers State Smart School kicked off immediately after the launch with 50 teachers’ participating in the programme. Each participant was trained on how to access digital content, monitor student progress and conduct assessments using the digital facilities amongst other things.
“The operational training is aimed at equipping the teachers with the skills needed to use the Samsung Smart School solution in their teaching and learning activities with the incorporation of digital content that makes learning fun and interesting for the learners, as well as build the capacity and confidence of the teachers to use technology in enhancing their teaching,” adds Mr. Lee.
Samsung’s Smart School for Teachers initiative seeks to complement the Federal Government’s bid to revamp the country’s education sector after President Buhari announced the recruitment this year of 500,000 graduates as teachers.
The Smart School is one of Samsung’s many corporate citizenship initiatives around education in Africa.
“We believe that digital technology can completely transform the learning process, as well as the nature of teaching and learning, to create inclusive environments for everyone. Our education solutions deliver on this vision and improve the quality of learning, enhance teaching effectiveness and allow administrators to run institutions more effectively,” concludes Abosede George-Ogan, Corporate Citizenship Manager, Samsung Electronics West Africa.
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