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Intel Partners USAID on Kano Teachers’ IT-Assisted Learning

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To remarkably improve the standard of primary education in the country, Intel Nigeria and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have jointly organized a first of its kind training for teachers in Kano and donated a fully equipped computer centre.
Intel Nigeria in conjunction with the Community Participation for Action in The Social Sector (Compass), a USAID-sponsored organization jointly coordinated a five-day training program for lecturers of Saadatu Rimi College of Education on the use of information technology for teaching and also donated 20 sets of computers to the department of Primary Education Studies of the college to kick off its computer centre.
Speaking on the initiative, Bunmi Ekundare, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel West Africa, expressed the company’s commitment to equip teachers with necessary IT skills and tools to ease knowledge transfer chain and boost the overall learning process.
Ekundare said the partnership was borne out of a good understanding between the partners and a genuine desire to offer skills which can improve teaching and learning real time. The college is the first of its kind to receive this training in Nigeria.
“For Intel, this is a significant launch of the pre service training for teachers. Hitherto, Intel has been running programs for in service teaching but this is first for pre service section. This whole model forms a strong integral of the Intel Teach program, a sub unit of the Intel World Ahead scheme designed to enhance accessibility, connectivity, education and contents” he stated.
The Intel representative restated that, “Our goal in Intel is to see this training inculcated into the curriculum for the college. This ensures that the teachers while in still school would have acquired some skills usually after school. This gets them better prepared for the challenge and this will no doubt ease teaching and make learning more exciting and interactive. We have trained 50 teachers who will train the students who are teachers to be and also the other teachers. We have also trained technology champions who can handle basic troubleshooting of the computers should there be any”.
He said: “The donated computers have been upgraded and tailor-made to cater for specific needs. The five-day training is an intensive getting started program. Within the five days, a teacher who has never touched a computer before can now use the PC easily in his discipline be it for preparing lesson notes or assignments for students. For continuity, the program has been designed in a train the trainer cascading system order requesting that a trained teacher trains ten others for a minimum. This has been gaining momentum gradually even with the Federal Government through the Universal Provision  Fund (USPF), an arm of Nigerian  Communications Commission (NCC). It has just commissioned about 550 schools for such service though it’s for the in service”.
Ayo Oladini, Senior Education Advisor and a coordinator for Compass expressed strong optimism on the partnership which according to him was for improving education and development in Nigeria. He stated that the organization was reputed for providing stakeholders involvement in education more so grassroots adding that  it is a public private partnership that can impact lives.
“The FG has reiterated quality assurance but how can it ever come true without training and retraining for teachers who transfer knowledge. There are challenges for teachers to teach the usually large number of students in the classrooms which looks unrealistic but with the aid of IT tools and skills it becomes easy. That is a noble cause that we are dedicated to”, he remarked.
He noted that: “the partnership was borne of the MoU that exists between the two organisations as concerned parties who are ready to make meaningful contributions.  It is not only about donation of computer,  it is also about the skills. There is no way to improve quality of education without equipping teachers. This donation is the first here but would be scaled up. The participants can teach better, more interactively and easily. We are committed to in service and pre service training and infrastructural grants and instructional materials”.
Participants at the training also commented on their experience. Salihu Gigiyun, Head, Department of Primary Education Studies said the training was very educating and would be passed down to the remaining over 200 lecturers of the college. He added that “it is much easier to teach exclusively with the PC and it makes teaching highly interactive. We are delighted to be the first college of education in the country to benefit from this. It makes teaching simple, easy, scientific and offer students opportunities to go back to class lectures on their own”.
Mohd Umar, a lecturer and participant said he has worked for 13 years and lectured for 3 years but has never touched a computer. He expressed joy at the opportunity of using the computer adding that it makes him very relevant. He said nowadays everything is going online and if you are computer illiterate you will miss out.
Hakama sidi Alli, another lecturer and participant commended the organizing partners. “For me, this is exceptionally good. It makes you lure the students into learning without them realizing it. It helps especially the shy students by offering a two way flow, faster and easier learning, graphical and pictorial presentations. This is a good PC assisted learning I enjoy having lectured for 5 years´.

 


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FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

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Federal Government has included Emirates Airlines in the list of airlines not allowed to operate in Nigeria.

FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

This is part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Hadi Sirika, minister of Aviation, confirmed this via his Twitter handle on Friday.

According to Sirika, the decision was taken following a meeting between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and European Unions (EU).

The ban would take effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.

“The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.

“The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st September 2020,” Sirika tweeted.


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Facebook to Open Office in Lagos

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As part of its continued commitment and on-going investment in Africa, Facebook announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria – its second office on the African continent.

Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.

Facebook’s office will be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships, Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.

Commenting, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world.

“All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

The investment of the new Facebook office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance.

Providing outsourced support to all English-speaking advertisers across Sub-Saharan Africa, the SBG office supports Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) through its Advocacy, Community & Education (ACE) programme, as well as its Marketing Expert sales programmes – all aimed at enabling SMBs to accelerate the growth and development of their businesses.

“Our new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces our ongoing commitment to the region”, commented Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa. “Our mission in Africa is no different to elsewhere in the world – to build community and bring the world closer together, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa.”

Since the opening of its first office in 2015, Facebook has made a number of investments across the continent, aimed at supporting and growing the tech ecosystem, expanding and providing reliable connectivity infrastructures and helping businesses to grow locally, regionally and globally.

This includes the recent rollout of its SMB Grants programme in Nigeria and South Africa, aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they rebuild from COVID.

The development of 2Africa, the world’s largest subsea cable project that will deliver much needed internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa, as well as its ongoing training programmes across the continent which support various communities including students, SMBs, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-up’s and developers.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria. Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’re continuing to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms.

“The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent.”


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Victor Osimhen Set Make His Debut For Napoli As Lampard Up Against Familiar Foes

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Football fans will enjoy another great weekend of football action as the new football season in Europe continues this weekend on DStv and GOtv.

The pick of Premier League matches this weekend is the meeting of Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 20 September, which will air live at 4:30pm on SS Premier League.

The Reds completed a league ‘double’ over the Blues last season, with the teams’ most recent meeting a 5-3 win for the Merseyside club in July.

Liverpool supporters have been concerned at their club’s relative lack of action in the transfer market (certainly compared to Chelsea, who have recruited heavily and brought in world-class talent such as Moroccan attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech, for example), but manager Jurgen Klopp insists he prefers working with a smaller group of players.

Lille’s Victor Osimhen in action during a UEFA Champions League soccer group stage match between Valencia CF and OSC Lille at Mestalla stadium on 05 November 2019. EPA/Kai Foersterling

Elsewhere, Manchester United will open their campaign with a clash at home to Crystal Palace in the early-evening kick-off on Saturday 19 September, on SS Premier League at 5:30pm.

It will be the first chance for new Red Devils signing Donny van de Beek to have a taste of competitive English football.

Also on Saturday, Everton will face West Bromwich Albion at 12:20pm while Leeds United will face Fulham at 3pm with the day closing off with Arsenal vs West Ham United at 8pm, all on SS Premier League.

The Premier League matches for the weekend will continue on Sunday 20 September with Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur at 12pm, Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion at 2pm and Leicester City vs Burnley at 7pm, all live on SS Premier League. On Monday 21 September, Aston Vila vs Sheffield United will air at 6pm and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City at 8:15pm both live on SS Premier League.

This weekend’s La Liga sees the return to action for champions Real Madrid, who open the defence of their title with a match away to Real Sociedad at Sam Sebastian on the evening of Sunday 20 September showing live on SS La Liga, SS GOtv La Liga and SS GOtv Football at 8:00pm.

La Liga is packed this weekend with other exciting matches airing live on SS La Liga and SS GOtv La Liga. Getafe vs Osasuna will air at 8pm on Friday 18 September, while Villarreal v Eibar at 3pm and Celta Vigo vs Valencia at 8pm will both air on Saturday 19 September.

On Sunday 29 September, Huesca will clash with Cadiz at 3pm and Granada will face Deportivo Alaves at 5:30pm. GOtv will crown the weekend matches with Real Betis vs Real Valladolid at 8pm on Monday 21 September

Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma (left) and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

The headline match from Italy’s topflight this weekend sees champions Juventus open the defence of their title with a match at home to Sampdoria in the late kick-off on Sunday 20 September at 7:45pm on SS Football, SS Variety 3 and SS GOtv Select 1.

All eyes will be on new manager, Andrea Pirlo, who replaced Maurizio Sarri at the head of the Bianconeri in the off season.

Another key game this weekend will give Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen the chance to make his competitive debut for Napoli when they face Parma on Sunday afternoon, having joined the club for a huge fee from Lille a few weeks back. This will air at 11:30am live on SS Football, SS Variety 3, SS GOtv Select 1 and SS GOtv Football.

SuperSport remains the only platform to get English commentary from the legendary La Liga.

Don’t miss the 2020-21 football season on SuperSport on DStv and GOtv. Visit www.dstvafrica.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade and join in on the excitement. While you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.

 


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