Samsung Electronics East Africa has announced it has revamped a library and donated books and Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets equipped with curriculum-compliant e-books to Thika Primary School in Kiambu County. The school has over 600 pupils and 23 teachers.
TechMoran is yet to establish the number of tablets and books or how much the firm invested in the CSR move but the firm said the newly renovated library will be able to accommodate up to 30 pupils at once and we project the tablets to be thirty or close.
According to Samsung East and Central Africa Head of Corporate Marketing Patricia King’ori in a statement, “The handover of this facility is proof of our commitment to improving the standards of education for school-going children in Kenya, and is especially timely going by government efforts to work closely with private sector partners to support e-learning in primary schools.”
Samsung divided the library into two sections: one with over 2,500 books and the other with digital learning stations where students can sit and read from the 10.1 inch Samsung Android tablets.
“We are grateful to Samsung for this library, which will play a significant role in exposing our students to learning technology, while at the same time allowing our teachers to use this technology to enhance e-learning, which we have found greatly improves learners’ retention by incorporating visual learning aids,” said Mr. John Kiarie, the school’s Headmaster.
Since 2011 Samsung has introduced a number of projects designed to create opportunities for communities to benefit from its education programmes, ranging from the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in 2012 – now in its third year – and the Solar Powered Internet School launched in Arap Moi Primary School in Kajiado County this year.