First of its kind volunteer program by Samsung employees based in Korea
INDIACSR News Network
SRIPERUMBUDUR (Tamil Nadu): Strengthening its commitment to contributing to the communities where it operates, employees from Samsung Electronics’ headquarters in Korea participated in a unique employee volunteer program, focused on educational initiatives in India. As part of this Program, these volunteers set up the first Samsung Smart Class in the Keeranallur Government High School in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
Mr. R. Suryanarayan, District Education Officer, Kancheepuram along with Mr. Ookki Kim, Managing Director, Samsung Chennai factory inaugurated the Samsung Smart Class. “It is a proud moment for us as we inaugurate the Samsung Smart Class in the Keeranallur Government High School ”, said Mr. Ookki Kim, Managing Director, Samsung Chennai Factory. “The Samsung Smart Class that has been set up by Samsung volunteers will undoubtedly contribute to improving the quality of education provided to the students in this school. Samsung’s employee volunteer program is one of Samsung Electronics’ global CSR programs. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility programs, we are harnessing our legacy of innovation to transform communities and their lives for the better while opening a new world of possibilities for them.”
The Samsung Smart Class is equipped with 20 computers and will be the first step towards ensuring that the 300 students of this school from classes 6 to 10 get basic computer education on a regular basis. The Samsung Smart Class is one of several initiatives that the volunteers undertook. Besides setting up the computers, they also helped improve other facilities in the school by carrying out repair works on the water tank and toilets. They regularly interacted with the students and taught them basic hygiene and involved them in various physical education activities. In addition, some volunteers also supported Health Check up camps organised by Samsung India in around 10 villages in Sriperumbudur.
Speaking on the occasion, Nohcheon Park, the group leader of the volunteer team from Korea, stated, “We are happy that our work has come to fruition today with the inauguration. We hope that the Samsung Smart Class will serve as an enabler to help these children realize their potential. We are thankful to Samsung Electronics for giving us the opportunity to come here and participate in this initiative.”
Samsung’s CSR Initiatives in India: Samsung’s CSR program in India places substantial focus on providing quality education to underprivileged children in the country. The company is in the process of setting up Samsung Smart Classes at Navodaya Vidyalayas in different parts of the country. This initiative is helping bridge the digital divide in the country while at the same time improving the quality of education being provided in these schools.
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