By Beth Ngugi
Dreams and aspirations of students from Arap Moi Primary School-OngataRongai, have been painted on their school walls by Samsung through Employee Volunteer Program.
To make this a reality for the students, a team of Samsung talked to the students who shared their dreams and aspirations enabling them to collect huge data of information and feedback from them and drew it on their walls.
Against each picture, a relevant subject has been put so that students can relate their dream careers with what they learn in school.
The current wall being painted is of wildlife to advocate for preservation of wildlife so that generations to come have the pleasure of seeing and enjoying the beauty of all the animals.
The school has had the pleasure of being the first school in East and Central Africa to delight in Solar Panel Internet School (SPIS) which is a 40 feet container that has solar panels at the top which capture solar energy and is stored in batteries at the back.
The container has a sitting capacity of 24 students each with a laptop, a teacher with a laptop, a printer and an E-board.
“SPIS runs on a classroom software which when the systems are the switched on, the teacher and students are able to interact and students are limited to engaging in other irrelevant materials in the internet because the teacher can monitor all the students activities.” the regional head of marketing at Samsung, Patricia King’ori said.
She added that the teacher is able to push content to the students and the students can push content back to the teacher thus making grading an easy pie.
This software has an added advantage of integrating with other software and also interactivity in the sense that you can put audio, video and text content thus contributing to better retention with the children.
“Grades have improved from 2013 up to last year where we were number one in the sub-county of Kajiado.”the headmistress Ms Rhoda attested.
Samsung have also invested in an ongoing project called Smart Libraries following the statistics that indicate that less than 1% of public schools have libraries unlike private schools where it’s about 51%.
“We have invested in smart libraries, where we are putting up libraries in needy schools and putting in 40 tablets.In the tablet we have put in content of stories of English and Kiswahili from standard one to standard eight and whatever have not been digitalized we are buying the actual physical book and putting them in the same libraries.” Patricia noted.
She highlighted that in terms of the pillar of education, Samsung has about 15 projects running across the country.
The SPIS program has also been rolled out to other countries including Sudan, DRC, Tanzania Uganda and so on.