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HP, Cambridge Turn to Africa for EdTech Innovations to Transform Learning

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This September, 25 of Africa’s most influential education technology (EdTech) leaders will head to Cambridge on a new fellowship programme from Cambridge Partnership for Education and HP.

The HP Cambridge Partnership for Education EdTech Fellowship is a seven-month programme that aims to grow participants’ knowledge and skills to lead impactful EdTech transformations in their education systems.

The first cohort of EdTech fellows will work to increase the quality and equity of learning through digital transformation in education systems across Sub-Saharan Africa. Learning with technology has the potential to create societies that are not only more inclusive and prosperous, but also ensure that young people are equipped with the skills they need for their careers.

Cambridge and HP selected the group from 400 applications. The first cohort of their HP Cambridge Partnership for Education EdTech Fellowship includes government officials working in education and leaders from private and not-for-profit EdTech organisations.

The Cambridge HP fellowship programme will encompass inclusive EdTech for disadvantaged groups, the role of AI, and digital strategy, policy and governance. The fellows will also develop an equitable solution to an education system challenge using user-centred design while developing their leadership skills.

With Africa experiencing rapid population growth, the first fellows’ influence on global education is set to have a significant impact.

The first fellows include senior government officials responsible for national digital education initiatives, with the goal to improve learning for more than 120 million children across Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.

The programme, which starts with online study next week, will include a residential course in September 2023, held at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge in the UK, as well as one-to-one coaching over the course of seven months.

Fellows joining the programme on scholarship include Dr Frances Alimigbe, Assistant Chief Education Officer at the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria. Dr Frances works with more than two million teachers across 36 states, including on teacher selection, standards and policy.

Some of the key challenges she plans to focus on during the fellowship are infrastructure and tools and teachers’ digital skills and capacity in schools, especially in rural areas.

“The wealth of contacts and ideas that will be acquired by being a member of the fellowship will form an immense database and viable resource for us to fall back to. With the fellowship, we form a community of practice where best practices are shared across borders and generate quality research ideas for improving EdTech transformation in teaching and learning globally.” said Dr Alimigbe.

Other fellows include Mrs. Catherine Agyapomaa Appiah-Pinkrah, Director of General Administration at the Ministry of Education in Ghana.

She said: “There is the need to put in place reliable and credible fidelity of implementation strategies for quality assurance in all our programmes and policy implementation. I believe the fellowship will expose me to new ideas, exchange of ideas and experiences and best practices from other participants.”

Jane Mann, Managing Director of Cambridge Partnership for Education, said: “Our first EdTech fellows have huge remits, and huge strengths. They are responsible for turning policy into action.

Supported by one another, tutors and coaches, the fellows will build healthier EdTech ecosystems where grassroots innovations are promoted, effectively evaluated and successfully scaled to help combat learning crises today and increase education system resilience for the future.”

Mayank Dhingra, Senior Education Business Leader at HP, said: “The next breakthroughs in EdTech will come from emerging visionary leaders in unique national contexts. This programme will enable cross-border discussions and development to help overcome barriers, from infrastructure to curriculum content.”

Cambridge Partnership for Education developed the inaugural EdTech fellowship programme with HP during the AfricanBrains Summit in Lusaka, Zambia in 2022.

The programme is led by Cambridge Partnership for Education Head of Education Technology Solutions Julia Citron. It is supported by the Digital Education Futures Initiative (DEFI) at Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge and Dr Bjoern Hassler’s team at EdTech specialist NGO, OpenDevEd.

HP Cambridge Partnership for Education EdTech fellows:

Botswana

  • Nicodemus Merafhe, Chief Education Officer, Government of Botswana, Ministry of Education & Skills Development, the Department of ICT and Media Services, Botswana

Eswatini

  • Martha Shongwe, Chief Inspector for Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Training, Eswatini

Ethiopia

  • Dr Zelalem Assefa Azene, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ICT and Digital Education, Ministry of Education, Ethiopia

Ghana

  • Catherine Agyapomaa Appiah-Pinkrah, Director, General Administration, Ministry of Education, Ghana
  • Akwasi Addae-Boahene, Advisor to former Minister, Transforming Teaching, Education and Learning, T-Tel, Ghana
  • Miracule Daniel Gavor, Executive Director of Ghana Society for Education Technology, Ghana
  • Gyamfi Adwabour, Executive Director, Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling, Ghana

Kenya

  • John Masika, Assistant Director – TVET Digital Transformation, Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority, Kenya

Malawi

  • Dr Joshua Valeta, Director of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Ministry of Education

Nigeria

  • Dr Frances Alimigbe, Assistant Chief Education Officer, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria
  • Ayodele Odeogbola, Co-Founder, Hybrid Learning Specialist, TedPrime Support Initiative, Nigeria
  • Dr Adetola Salau, Political Aide to the Executive Governor of Lagos State on Education, Nigeria
  • Soji Megbowon, Principal Education Officer/Lead Researcher, Lagos State Ministry of Education

Rwanda

  • Bella Rwigamba, Chief Digital Officer, Ministry of Education, Rwanda

Sierra Leone

  • Victor Abu Sesay, Director of Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, Government of Sierra Leone

South Africa

  • Dr Neo Mothobi, Chief Education Specialist, Ministry of Education, South Africa
  • Roche Mogorosi, Chief Director – Schools Technology Support Services, Gauteng Department of Education, South Africa
  • Shunmugam Padayachee, Deputy Director General: Teachers, Education Human Resource and Institutional Development, Department of Basic Education, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
  • Emmanuel Pillay, CEO, iTMaster (PTY) Ltd, South Africa
  • Michael Mavimbela, Senior Education Specialist – eLearning, Mpumalanga Department of Education, South Africa
  • Jana Du Plooy, CEO, Acorn Education NPC / into space NPC, South Africa

Uganda

  • Kenneth Bagarukayo, Commissioner Research and Development, Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Uganda

Zambia

  • George Mutale, Assistant Director for ICT, Ministry of Education, Zambia

Zimbabwe

  • Addi Mavengere, CEO, Learning Factory, Zimbabwe

Pan-Africa NGO

  • Hakeem Subair, Chief Executive Officer, 1 Million Teachers:

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Plane Crash: APRA Commiserates with PR Society, Government and Citizens of Malawi

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African Public Relations Association (APRA) has expressed heartfelt condolences to the Public Relations Society of Malawi (PRSM, an institutional member of APRA), the government and citizens of the Republic of Malawi over the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of the Vice President of Malawi, H.E. Dr. Saulos Chilima, and nine others on June 10, 2024.

In a condolence letter dated June 11, 2024, and addressed to Benson Linje, the President of PRSM, the continental association described the incident as a “huge loss, not only to the people of Malawi but also to the African continent.”

The letter reads: “We write to express our profound shock and sadness at the tragic plane crash that caused the death of H.E. Dr. Saulos Chilima, the Vice President of Malawi, and nine others on Monday, June 10, 2024. On behalf of the African Public Relations Association (APRA), we extend our heartfelt condolences to you, our colleagues in the Public Relations Society of Malawi, and the great people of Malawi”.

The letter also states, “As always and especially this time of national mourning, we stand in solidarity with the people of Malawi. We share in the pain and the grief at tending this huge loss, not only to the people of Malawi but to the African continent.”

“The Council and all members (institutional, corporate and individual) of APRA offer heartfelt sympathies and will continue to remember the great people of Malawi in our entreaties.”

APRA, in the letter, prayed that the cherished memories of the departed would bring strength and that the support of friends, colleagues, compatriots, other pan-Africanists and lovers around the world will help to bring PRSM and the people of Malawi comfort on the tragic incident.

APRA also prayed that the families, friends, and loved ones of the deceased find strength and be comforted over this tragedy.

“Please rest assured that, as we mourn the passing of these distinguished personalities and individuals, we also celebrate their lives and contributions to the Republic of Malawi and our dear continent. May their souls rest in peace,” the letter closes.


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Immigration Service to Unveil User-Friendly eVisa Channel

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Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has unveiled plans, to inaugurate a more accessible e-visa application channel for short visits in line with the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020.

Immigration Service to Unveil User-Friendly eVisa Channel

Te new channel will streamline visa processes, foster foreign direct investments, and boost tourism.

DCI Kenneth Udo, the Service public relations officer, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the plan was announced by Kemi Nandap, comptroller general of NIS, during an address delivered at the graduation ceremony of the 12th Command Course of the Immigration Command and Staff College, in Sokoto.

The CG who was represented by George Didel, assistant comptroller general (ACG), said the new channel was designed to streamline visa processes, foster foreign direct investments (FDIs) and boost tourism.

She said: “We must embrace these reforms and implement effective internal control and monitoring mechanisms.

“This is to track the presence and activities of all foreigners in Nigeria”.

The CG reiterated her commitment towards the full implementation of the e-Border Project.

Nandap said this included installing e-gates at international airports in Lagos and Abuja and integrating the Advance Passenger Information System (API).

She said: “As well as Passenger Name Record (PNR) to enhance border control and clearance systems.

“These centres are expected to significantly improve intelligence sharing and operational coordination to enhance National Security.

Nandap emphasised the need to revitalise NIS’s Divisional Offices and called for improved participation in Security Council Meetings.

She said this would be at the State and Local Government levels, as well as other ad hoc duties, with utmost professionalism and interagency collaboration.

Nandap charged formation heads to work assiduously towards ensuring the success of the automation of Passport application processes, which was intended to reduce human interface, curtail sharp practices, and enhance efficiency.

She said the ongoing rollout of enhanced e-Passports would continue both locally and at the foreign missions until the full transition was achieved.

The CG urged all NIS formations to participate actively in the nationwide sensitisation campaign against irregular migration, especially the Smuggling of Migrants(SOM)

However, she reiterated NIS’s commitment to capacity-building for all Service cadres, stressing the importance of engaging partners and stakeholders in sustaining training and capacity-building programs.

She pledged to improve the welfare of NIS officers through timely promotions, affordable housing, and health care schemes.

Nandap urged the course participants to be agents of transformation and to uphold the highest standards of professionalism.

The highlight of the event was the award of the “Passed Command Course” (PCC), and all participants, while directing staff, received the “Dagger Merit Award (+)”, in recognition of their dedication and hard work.

 


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Layer3 Celebrates Dual Wins @ 2024 Africa’s Beacon of ICT Merit and Leadership Awards

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Layer3, IT solutions provider in Nigeria, proudly announces its triumph at the prestigious Africa’s Beacon of ICT Merit and Leadership Awards 2024.

Layer3 was honored as the “Cloud Provider of the Year” and “Enterprise Solutions Provider of the Year,” recognizing its significant contributions to the advancement of information and communications technology, particularly in the realm of cloud services.

These awards underscore layer3’s unwavering commitment to facilitating digital transformation among Nigerian organizations through the utilization of cutting-edge IT computing services and a steadfast dedication to excellent service.

These accolades highlight Layer3’s profound impact on the industry over the years, fostering growth and development in the technology landscape.

The event which featured keynote speeches and addresses by industry experts focused on AI and its relevance for the future provided a forum where the industry’s top brass was ably represented.

Layer3 was represented for receipt of the awards by Theresa Adeyinka its CSO and David Oyo Ita its Head, Strategy and Business Development.

On behalf of the organization, David Oyo Ita, extended his appreciation to the awards committee for bestowing these esteemed recognitions upon Layer3. He also conveyed heartfelt thanks to the customers who tirelessly supported Layer3 throughout the course of the year.

He also highlighted that the awards were the result of the collective efforts of the entire Layer3 team, who are unwavering in their commitment and dedication to delivering ‘peace of mind to our customers.

“We are incredibly honored to receive these awards, which reflect our commitment to excellence and innovation in the ICT industry,” said David Oyo Ita.

“These recognitions inspire us to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the cloud and enterprise spaces. We are dedicated to helping our clients navigate the digital landscape with confidence and success.”

As Layer3 continues to make significant strides in the industry, these awards serve as a testament to its unwavering commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction, and driving digital transformation across Nigeria.

Layer3 remains steadfast in its mission to provide top-notch IT solutions, empowering businesses to thrive in an ever-evolving technological landscape.


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