UNESCO and Samsung Electronics today joined forces to give students in the developing world access to better education. Under a partnership agreement, UNESCO's education expertise will be combined with Samsung's Smart School facilities and solutions to support the Organization’s Mobile Learning Initiative.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Samsung's Vice President and Chief Corporate Citizenship Officer Seokpil Kim signed the agreement at the Global Education and Skills Forum taking place in Dubai (March 15-17).
“The agreement between UNESCO and Samsung is a shining example of the innovative alliances that are needed to consolidate the foundations of the knowledge societies we need for the 21st century,” Irina Bokova said. “It will help us to integrate the extraordinary power and reach of mobile technologies into education systems, and provide quality learning for girls and boys, women and men, wherever they may be.”
Samsung Vice President Seokpil Kim said, “At Samsung we see education as the lynchpin that enables all nations to realize their potential to build sustainable and robust societies where people can thrive. Samsung and UNESCO's shared vision for education and culture will ensure this partnership meaningfully contributes to communities around the world, and will inspire young people to take charge of their own future.”
UNESCO’s Mobile Learning initiative seeks to provide education for all by offering smarter ways to support learning process through mobile devices. The project will enable Samsung and UNESCO to cooperate and make tangible progress in education and will expand further to include culture, the humanities and science.
Samsung is committed to contributing to a better global community through varied initiatives including Samsung Schools that bridge the digital gap and create enhanced educational environment, and Tech Institutes that provide vocational training for students and young technicians.
Samsung and UNESCO have already teamed up on several national projects such as Education for Sustainable Development in Vietnam and the Silk Road Online Platform to preserve knowledge about the history of trade routes