Samsung India today inaugurated a Samsung Smart Class at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Girish Chandra, Deputy Commissioner, Navodaya Samiti inaugurated digitally interactive Smart Class along with Mr. Rajiv Mishra, Vice President, Samsung India Electronics. There are a total of 41 Samsung Smart Classes across the state of Uttar Pradesh now.
Samsung Smart Class, the company’s flagship CSR initiative in India, aims to bridge the digital gap between rural and urban India and provide equal opportunities for quality education to children from all backgrounds. Every Smart Class is equipped with Samsung products such as Samsung interactive whiteboard, laptops, a printer and a Wi-Fi connection to enable students to access digital content and be part of an interactive learning environment. Students are taught Mathematics, Science, English and Social Science in an engaging and visually appealing manner, helping them learn better and retain more information. The Samsung Smart Class are set up at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) schools, a system of alternate schools under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India targeting talented children in rural India.
Mr. Rajiv Mishra, Vice President, Samsung India Electronics, said, “Digital India envisions a future where everything from scholarship applications to hospital appointments and governance discussions will be online. Over the last two years, the Samsung Smart Class initiative has helped over one lakh children across India to become digitally literate, enabling them to be contributors to the future of Digital India. I am delighted to welcome JNV Lucknow into the Samsung Smart Class family and look forward to strengthening Samsung’s work in bridging the digital divide.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. S.K. Mund, Assistant Commissioner – Administration, Navodaya Samiti, said, “The world is going digital and we need to start early to equip our children with skills to tap into the opportunities that the digital future will offer. We at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya envisage a world where talented children – irrespective of socio-economic background – get equal avenues of quality education. We are elated that our association with Samsung has been successfully aiding us in this mission. The feedback from principals, teachers and students for the Samsung smart class is extremely encouraging and we are actively expanding our reach across the country.”
The inauguration of the Smart Class at Lucknow also marked the beginning of a two-day training session. These sessions aim to aid teachers to teach effectively in an interactive manner using the content and tools provided for the Smart Classes.
Since its inauguration in 2013, Smart Classes have been set up in over 260 schools across the length and breadth of India, benefitting over 1.5 lakh students. By end 2015, Samsung aims to enable students in 373 JNV schools to experience digitally interactive “smart” learning. Teachers with Samsung Smart Class in their school have reported better attention levels, higher enthusiasm and interest in participating in classroom discussions, as lessons can be taught in a personalised and digitally interactive learning environment.
Samsung CSR initiatives seek to leverage the company’s expertise in developing technological solutions that shape the future. In addition to the Samsung Smart Class initiative, the company has also established Samsung Technical Schools to address the need for talented manpower with practical know-how and relevant industry experience. Samsung Technical Schools are set up in collabouration with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Departments of Technical Education in states such as Bihar, Delhi, Kerala, Rajasthan and West Bengal.