Samsung Opens Solar-Powered Schools In Shipping Containers
To help students in remote areas have access to education, the tech company built mobile classrooms with photo-voltaic panels on the roof.
- 30 october 2012
Samsung‘s Solar Powered Internet School initiative is helping children in remote areas access modern educational facilities and the internet. One of these mobile classrooms, which are renovated shipping containers, is located in Phomolong, a rural area near Johannesburg in South Africa. The exclusively solar-powered classroom was designed specifically for use in areas with limited or no access to electricity and can be moved easily by truck. It was recognized as the African Solar Project of the Year by the Africa Energy Awards earlier this year.
The 12-meter container has solar panels on the roof, which can generate nine hours of electricity each day to power the electronic equipment inside. The classroom is equipped with a 50-inch electronic board, Internet-enabled solar-powered notebooks, Samsung’s Galaxy tablet computers, and Wi-Fi cameras. It has space for up to 21 students, and the entire curriculum is stored in a central computer server.
With this initiative, Samsung aims to reach out to five million students in Africa by 2015. Watch the video below to see the story of a student called Lefa and her friends at Phomolong: