Samsung Empowers Schools in Akwa Ibom with Smart Initiative


Emma Okonji

Samsung Electronics West Africa has unveiled the Samsung Smart School project for students and teachers in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The Samsung smart school is a digital learning environment, which gives both the teachers and students an opportunity to use Samsung technology to create, revolutionise and enhance the learning process of students in public schools in the state by providing an integrated new technology to make the educational environment more interactive intuitive, and efficient.

Speaking at the event recently, the Managing Director, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Changwook Lee, represented by the Head, Enterprise Business solution/IT Business, Mr. Anu Rotimi Agboola, stated that “the aim of the Smart School Project in Uyo High School, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State which is the fourth of Nine ICT Labs in the Samsung Smart School Roll out scheme is to use technology to change the learning environment by creating a different dynamic in which teachers and students relate by empowering teachers through access to digital contents, share it with their students, use it to conduct assessments and monitor their students’ progress.”

He said the mobile learning component would enable the teachers and students to access contents from anywhere, collaborate and interact among themselves.

According to him, “Education is a basic human right and it is something Samsung takes very seriously. One of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals is to improve education, and we have really taken this to heart with initiatives like the Samsung Smart School programme.”
“It is estimated that over the next five years a collective 2,500 teachers will receive training through train the trainer approach, with a further 100,000 students impacted as secondary beneficiaries in Akwa Ibom State,” Lee added.

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, in his goodwill message, commended Samsung for the initiative and stated that Samsung and the administration share a common goal on digitizing the educational system in the state. He further encouraged the teachers and students to embrace the innovation for an improved delivery of quality education in the state.

The Smart School Solution will focus on the training of teachers in basic computer literacy, provision of teachers with access to tools they need for impactful teaching, empower teachers to access digital content, which can be shared with students at any location, conduct assessments and monitor students’ progress and provide students with learning tools from any location.