Following the formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Lesotho’s Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) and Samsung South Africa launched the Samsung Innovation Campus (SIC) in a bid to boost youth employment in the technology sector.
The SIC main aim is to coach the Maseru based institution’s student community on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills and also prepare them for their possible careers as entrepreneurs in technology.
Lerotholi Polytechnic’s Rector, Prof. Spirit Tlali, said,
“This strategic partnership is exactly what our institution needs at this time. It is also a much welcome opportunity for our students as it will give them the necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution in the technology-driven revolution the global community finds itself in right now. A partnership such as this one, with a global technology giant like Samsung is something no institution of higher learning can ignore. We are fortunate and proud to be able to facilitate this for our students and to help them get ready for the exciting field of work.”
After being introduced in South Africa earlier in 2022, the programme has already been launched in two South African tertiary institutions. With a low volume and high impact approach, the SIC’s courses include Coding and Programming, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data.
LP will undertake the training and assessment of the students in line with the content provided by Samsung.
Samsung holds the belief that the future of any country lies in the hands of young people and that education gives them the greatest chance to realise their full potential and prepare themselves for that future.
This is why Samsung is deliberate in working to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they will need to build a better world. The company is committed to empowering the youth with the tools they will need to drive and effect meaningful change.
Hlubi Shivanda, Director: Business Operations and Innovation and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa said,
“Samsung is heavily invested in the development of people and communities and we believe that that can only be achieved through working together with others. We are driven by bringing about positive social change and building a better world for all, not just through our products and services, but also by creating opportunities for learning and growth. The Samsung Innovation Campus aims to provide an opportunity to deserving youth from under-served communities to gain skills that combine future core technology capabilities with soft skills and job preparation. We are confident that the programme will open many doors for the beneficiaries and that our partnership with the institution will continue to grow as it empowers the youth.”