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Volta region of Ghana
Ghana solar power: Samsung Electronics Africa has installed a ‘digital village’ in the Volo community in Ghana. Pic credit: Ghana.uoregon.edu

On Tuesday, Samsung Electronics Africa announced that it has launched a solar-powered ‘digital village’ in the Volta region of Ghana, West Africa.

The ‘digital village’ will provide communities like Volo, in the North Tongu District Assembly, access to advanced information and communication technologies, as well as education and health services in a bid to bridge the digital divide and serve as a catalyst for local business development and government service delivery, Samsung said in a statement.

The village will include a solar-powered internet school that will have the capacity to accommodate 24 learners, a solar-powered tele-medical centre and a solar-powered generator that will electrify the administration centre.

Samsung added that the admin centre can be used as office space for local entrepreneurs and any other nearby school or community centre personnel with limited electricity supply.

Empowering local communities

With a vested interest in the continuous growth and development of the Volo community, Samsung will transfer skills training and knowledge sharing of the installed technology to community members.

Samsung noted that a recent report compiled by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization states there are still 58 million children out of school globally and around 100 million children who do not complete primary education, while healthcare in remote areas is non-existent due to shortage of facilities and the urban-rural gap.