Samsung Electronics Africa, has launched an $860,000 digital village at Volo in the Volta Region.
The first of its kind in the country, the digital village would provide access to the world’s most advanced information and communication technologies, education and health services to under-resourced areas.
The digital village comprise a solar-powered internet school built to accommodate up to 24 learners, a solar-powered tele-medical centre and a solar-powered generator that powers up the administration centre which can be used as office space for local entrepreneurs and any other nearby school or community centre personnel with limited electricity supply.
According to the Managing Director for Samsung, Hyoung Keun Park, the facility is aimed at bridging the digital divide and serving as a catalyst for local business development and government service delivery.
He added that, the initiative forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibilities and goes further to assist communities within which they operate.
In addition to providing the appropriate technologies, he said, Samsung is also working to ensure that the Volo community takes ownership of the digital village and receives adequate training to optimise the use of the facility.
“The facility is also aimed at supporting the government in its quest to provide education and health facilities to its people,” Mr. Park added.
Samsung, he said, believes that technology is a powerful tool to solving the global health and education difficulties as it bridges the urban-rural gap and improves people’s lives and creates a better society.
Samsung choose Volo to set up the first of this kind of facility in Ghana, considering the needs of the community and its central nature which allows other communities to benefit.
Member of Parliament for the area, Okudzeto Ablakwa expressed gratitude to Samsung for the gesture, adding that they would maintain the facility for a long lasting benefit to the people.
He added that the facility goes beyond a corporate social responsibility, but serves as a huge relief to the people who have lacked health and education facilities for several years.
By Michael D. Abayateye