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Samsung Smart Skills transforms education in Latin America

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Children and teenagers between the ages of five and 14 years old are benefiting from the Samsung Smart Skills programme, launched in 2016, which the company is promoting in some Latin American countries.

This year, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador had local editions of the initiative. Held in partnership with Glasswing International, the project aims to foster the development of students' skills and competences using technology and information through pedagogical and technological resources.

Smart Skills has a portfolio of activities ranging from English clubs, robotics and communication to competitions and conferences, which are passed on to students in a playful way with Samsung tablets, laptops and smart TVs. At the start of the programme, students are faced with fun lessons, where technological tools allow learning motivated by creativity.

"The inclusion of 21st-century skills into our current Corporate Citizenship programmes in the region will be an important contribution to enhance students' learning process in preparation for their lives and careers," said Helvio Kanamaru, Latin America Corporate Citizenship senior manager at Samsung Electronics.

"This new initiative reinforces our commitment to innovation and education in the region," he added.

Teachers from the Smart Skills-participating schools also benefit from the courses through capacity development in order to improve students' education and prepare them for the future. The Samsung Smart Skills strategy involves volunteers, students and teachers engaged in extra-curricular activities such as tutoring, practice and training in different areas.