Kenya and the Solar-Powered Internet Schools

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Africa has been seeing a range of developments as of late, with some of the top universities being ratified by Oxford and Cambridge, South Africa’s social situation taking a turn for the better and Nigeria’s economy shooting through the roof thanks to the oil discovered and increased prosperity gained from it. Now it seems, it’s Kenya’s turn to shine with new schools developed by Samsung.


These new schools aren’t just your run-of-the-mill-corporate-excuse-for-attention-schools, these schools have been fitted with the latest technology and optimized to run almost exclusively on solar power, ensuring that the school is environmentally-sound and optimally safe. The schools have been termed ‘SPIS’, Solar Powered Internet Schools, and has been given internet access and solar cells for more reason than for technological-representation in the country alone as well; Solar Power is being used to address the ongoing issue of a lack of access to electricity in the country, and Internet Access is being granted to allow students to connect remotely from the very corners of the country if needed. The SPIS have been strategically placed in locations to make sure that there is a fairly even coverage of the country’s population (and potential students).



Around 40-foot in size, the SPIS are equipped with 25 Samsung Laptops, a multi-purpose Samsung Printer, a 50-inch electronic board and a server as well. These instruments make learning easy, accessible and incredibly engaging, allowing students to join in at any time, search information as needed and learn about the world around them in a way never before thought possible. Additionally, the electronic board allows groups and teachers to collaborate on projects, tasks and issues together, even across geographical boundaries, and supports video calls, has internet access, connects remotely to all computers in the container and helps to encourage teamwork and social interaction between individuals.


The beauty of the SPIS is that they may easily be transported between locations if needed on trucks, and where a school already has a building, Samsung will provide Galaxy tablets, e-boards, servers and internet access to them, coining the term ‘Samsung Smart Schools’. Samsung has also partnered with global giants Intel, Korea Education & Research Information Service and Safaricom to pre-install operating systems, educational software and internet browsers on all computer systems provided, as well as to provide training for teachers on how to use the new systems.


Kenya is rapidly rising and with these new Solar Powered Internet Schools going live rapidly all over the country, it’s sure to heat up even more! Will you be part of the education revolution and see what the future holds for this great and beautiful continent? Make sure to check out SeekTeachers’ Jobs board today!


[Source: allAfrica - Samsung's Solar Powered Internet School comes to Kenya]