Samsung hands over solar equipment to Education Ministry

27 Sep 2013 11:50
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) – Samsung has donated a ‘Solar Powered Internet School’ (SPIS) and solar powered generator valued at N.dollars 1,7 million to the Ministry of Education.
Samsung Country Manager Theo Senekal handed over the equipment to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Alfred Ilukena here on Thursday.
Senekal said Samsung is dedicated to improving the global community through its constant pursuit of ground-breaking innovations and value creation, and in accordance with its belief that business can prosper only when the society within which it operates, is healthy.
“Samsung Electronics will continue to expand its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities... and the company will further enrich its efforts through collaborations not only with employees, but also with customers and local communities around the world,” he said.
He noted that the use of the SPIS goes beyond the traditional classroom as it can be used as an adult education centre, remote Government office, community centre, research centre, and more.
Samsung Africa launched its first SPIS in Botswana about a year ago. It is housed in a shipping container and designed for use in remote rural areas with limited or no access to electricity.
Senekal said Samsung’s SPIS is designed to meet the needs of communities which lack access to electricity and infrastructure, and it is able to operate anywhere as long as there is sunlight available.
The solar generator can run 24 hours a day and the batteries will last for a minimum of seven years.
Ilukena thanked Samsung and said that had seen the solar powered internet school for the first time in 2011 at Victoria Falls and had been impressed.
He indicated that the SPIS will be taken to Kathora Primary School at Spitzkoppe in the Erongo Region.