Ghana is a country that does not have a coherent policy for education infrastructure. At the same time, rising rates of mobile phone use among the population make this country ripe for an m-learning revolution.
It has not been the most positive of times in Nigeria considering the current economic climate but every now and then a story will pop up and lift the spirits of the country.
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University has opened its first overseas office, in Tunisia, home to a tradition of learning and research that extends from Antiquity to the present.
Namibian students have completely embraced the new NSFAF Online Registration system that was launched on December 15th, 2016. As part of the IT Masterplan, NSFAF implemented new streamlined business processes and integrated numerous internal and external systems to optimize its entire operation.
[Ethiopia] The University of Gondar and Queen's University join the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
Ethiopia's University of Gondar and Canada's Queen's University today announced a 10-year, USD$24.2 million partnership to advance inclusive higher education for young people with disabilities in Ethiopia and Africa as part of The MasterCard Foundation's Scholars Program.
Data Science Nigeria will host a learning bootcamp for young data scientists in an aim to address the capacity gaps in Data science for beginners, intermediate and experts.
AFRIKA KOMMT! is an initiative of leading German enterprises for future leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowship program aims at highly qualified young professionals and junior executives from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Cognition Online, a new mobile app for booking and paying tutors, has gone live in South Africa to connect tutors and pupils. The app was announced as a winner in the Samsung Launching People- Mixed Talents competition.
Education, it has been said, is the key to success. One easy to access education tool are online courses. Online courses are available for nearly every topic.
FABlab is working on development of a low-cost practical tangible robotics kit for students to use. Currently the students use simulations because of the restrictive high-cost of kits and, further, to develop a prototype self-driving robot (similar to a Google/Uber self-driving car) developed and manufactured in FABlab.
Not a fun fact: There are 128 million school-aged children in sub-Sahara Africa; of these, 17 million children will never see a school.
Project Managers Without Borders and the Ghana branch of Project Management Institute are launching a major effort to tackle the lingering floods in the Greater Accra Region by launching the Accra Flooding Initiative program.
MasterCard Foundation and The West African Research Association announce recipients of 'Ideas Matter' Research Fellowships for West African Scholars
The West African Research Association and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the Ideas Matter Fellowship Program, a new fellowship which supports the research of young academics in the region focusing on women, technology and entrepreneurship.
M-learning is particularly useful in countries where literacy rates are low, and where school children struggle to complete their education - whether due to poor school facilities, the prevalence of child labour or poor transport infrastructure making it hard for children physically to reach the classroom.
Southern Business School Namibia recently donated school supplies to four kindergartens in Maltahohe, specifically the Daweb Constituency in the Hardap Region of Namibia.
A young graduate, Shamah Abubakar has invented e-Franchise, an elections application. According to The Guardian the app was developed by an alumnus of the Bingham University in Karu local Government area.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) Joint Venture has donated modern geophysical equipment, accessories and books to the Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife to uplift research and study of geosciences at the institution.
With wealth increasing in SSA, now is most definitely the time to explore the potential for edtech to revolutionise e-learning in this region of Africa. This article explains some of the implications of recent studies and statistics relating to edtech in Tanzania, and formulates some strategies for implementing m-learning technologies in this country.
What is the potential for e-learning via smartphones via online courses such as MOOC and other mobile based edtech solutions (collectively known as m-learning strategies) for East Africa?
Vericore Technologies Limited launched Wizitup, a learning platform for students and teachers. The platform is suitable for classroom use, as a solution for teachers and as a School Information and Administrative System (SIAS).
SAP's ambitious goal of equipping 5 million African youth with basic coding skills by 2025 took a bold step forward following the release of the results of this year's Africa Code Week.
[Interivew] FABLab Namibia’s Kirstin Wiedow: Co-Founder and Director of the first fabrication laboratory in Namibia
Kirstin Wiedow is the Co-Founder and Director of the first fabrication laboratory (FABlab) in Namibia, a Centre of Excellence at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
A modern e-library donated by Shell to the Port Harcourt Literary Society has opened its doors to book lovers and other literary enthusiasts.
Last week the 4th Annual Institutional Technology Day of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) took place on the 26th of October 2016.
[Column] Logan Fransman: We know it's coming, but are we prepared? The logistical challenge of Christmas in Namibia
Can you smell it, can you feel it, can you taste it…it’s almost here? Christmas! Some might say, well, it’s not even December yet and there are other holidays to consider before then. This is true and all holidays matter, but not when you look at it from a logistical point of view.
Etisalat Nigeria, has listed 12 universities across the six geo-political zones as beneficiaries of the 2016 edition of its annual scholarship scheme, Etisalat Merit Award.
Joe Vision Productions (JVP) yesterday launched the Namibia Film Shop in Windhoek, at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre. As one of the premier film production companies in Namibia, films, documentaries and short stories are their passion.
[Interview] Dakin Parker introduces Kinfundi, a new way to provide for education costs in South Africa
Dakin Parker returns to South Africa, after ten years in the United States, to change the way education is financed in South Africa. His interview with Africa Business Communities:
The Federal Government in conjunction with the German Energy Partnership Project in Ibadan, Oyo State, formally flagged off its independent power supply initiative to all the 40 federal universities in the country with the ground-breaking ceremony of a 10-megawatts solar power plant at the University of Ibadan.
The Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies, an international graduate school based in Lagos, is organising a public interest essay for Nigerians to analyse the prevailing economic crisis and proffer solutions.
Leading satellite operator, SES, along with its local partner Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (ESMT) located in Dakar, today announced the launch of the SES ELEVATE satellite installer training course with ESMT.
In furtherance of its commitment to providing quality education for indigent students within the country, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) have awarded scholarship to 110 secondary school students.
Bridgett Majola, a Senior Associate the Banking and Finance Practice at Baker & Mckenzie in South Africa, has just been elected as the National President of youth-led organisation Junior Chamber International South Africa (JCI).
Two graduate students from the university of American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola have developed an application for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
MasterCard Foundation and University of Edinburgh partner to provide $27m scholarships for African Students
Full scholarships will be offered to 80 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate African students. The initiative will enable Edinburgh to offer opportunities to the brightest and best African Scholars.
As the furore around #feesmustfall and free education continues in South Africa, one social enterprise has come to the fore with a promising solution.
Over the next two weeks Nigeria will play host to a series of official train-the-trainer (TTT) sessions as the country takes on a leading role in the build up to SAP Africa Code Week (ACW) 2016.
The FirstEdu loan is targeted at private Nursery, Secondary and A-Levels schools. The product offers opportunity for private schools to access flexible funding to meet urgent cash flow needs, replace old furniture and equipment, as well as refurbish dilapidated buildings and classroom blocks.
To hone the skill of the upcoming media personalities, City FM, a private Radio Station based in Lagos has introduced a media academy, a vocational training programme and capacity development, to train young minds in the industry.
Access Bank Plc’s School of Banking Excellence has won the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) award for the ‘Best Bank Academy’ in 2016.
As interest in integrating ICT in education grows, Kenya is set to play host to a ministerial conference that will discuss innovation.
The federal government of Nigeria and some of its state counterparts have been committing to intellectual property, IP and innovative knowledge hubs lately.
South African maths educator and Wits Professor Jill Adler has been recognised by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) with two distinct honours – the position of president and the prestigious Hans Freduenthal medal for research.
African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) appoints Prof. Ernest Aryeetey first Secretary General
Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, has been appointed to drive a collaborative initiative formed by research-intensive universities in Africa to strengthen research and postgraduate training on the continent.
Etisalat is set to boost the e-learning space for students in Nigeria with the launch of Cliqlite Portal, an internet-enabled application that offers unlimited access to a wide range of educational materials.
The Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey invites you to join a free live webinar in which you get to learn about their different Degree programmes.
Ford Sustainability Report Unveils Pilot Program in South Africa to Deliver Health Care, Education, Improve Lives
Harnessing the power of its advanced vehicles, innovative technologies and commitment to a better world, a new Ford Motor Company pilot program aims to enhance mobility health services in rural areas of South Africa and Nigeria.
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University announced a partnership with African Leadership University (ALU) to provide ALU’s MBA students with a series of online management courses based on Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom.
Stanbic Bank Ghana has launched another innovative product under its Bancassurance unit to provide customers convenient and reliable services.
The Federal University of Petroleum Resources, (FUPRE) Effurun, Delta State is the proud host of the latest Professorial Chair that has been established by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) operated Joint Venture in support of learning and research in Nigerian universities.
Total Nigeria, Murtala Muhammed Foundation to empower women, young graduates on solar technology marketing
Women who have been identified as string peer influencers, young graduates, especially those posted to remote Northern Nigerian states to serve under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and trusted Community leaders have been earmarked for membership of the Awango Resellers Club (ARC), an initiative by Total Nigeria in partnership with the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) to empower the people in isolated areas in need of special intervention using Solar technologies.
Nestlé Kenya has announced the roll out of its nutrition education programme in Embu County as the company intensifies its efforts to help Kenya address malnutrition among school going children.
Writers writing in Vernacular languages are finding it increasingly difficult to earn a decent living due to the inability of vernacular language speakers to read, or gain access to books in their mother tongues.
Sage Foundation has partnered with Sesôr Africa, a Nigerian non-profit organisation, to completely refurbish the school library at the Strides Towers College in Lagos, Nigeria.
Tolulope Ogundiji co-founded Avalanche Nigeria in 2013, a resource providing answers to educational and ICT exam challenges.
Joining the global community to commemorate International Women’s Day 2016, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa has called for gender equality, especially in the areas of education and employment.
Africa's top scientists, policymakers and start-ups gathered Tuesday for a landmark conference aimed at stemming the continent's brain drain and encouraging governments to nurture research in fields from virology to maths.
Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, celebrates its 20th anniversary event in Grahamstown from March 2-8.
On Tuesday 23 February 2016, the British Embassy in Luanda signed a Chevening partnership with BP offering up to eight jointly funded scholarships for Angolan scholars to study Masters Degrees in the UK over the next two academic years.
In response to industry interest, Dehn Africa recently ran a two-day seminar to provide attendees with a fully comprehensive approach to lightning protection. The first seminar was run at the end of 2015 in Johannesburg, with further events scheduled for Namibia, Cape Town and Durban in early 2016.
Codementor, has announced a partnership with Andela, a company that identifies high-potential software developers in Africa, shapes them into world-class developers, and pairs them with companies as full-time, distributed team members.
The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$70 million project to address the high levels of unemployment among university graduates in Tunisia.
According to an official of World Bank, Dr. Tunji Adekola, the federal government and the World Bank have earmarked over $100 million for girl-child education in five northern states.
EMC Middle East today announced the successful initiation of the Annual EMC Graduate Project Competition for Middle East and Africa.
UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA) is inviting software developers, mobile application gurus and innovation specialists to Livingstone, Zambia from March 15-17 to participate in the Climate Action Hackathon.
Dehn Africa recently launched the DEHNacademy to local partners and the media at its second annual partner awards event.
Zest WEG Group Africa believes that it has a fundamental responsibility to assist in improving the lives of disadvantaged South Africans by providing access to education and skills development opportunities within the engineering industry.
The British High Commission in Windhoek signed a Chevening partnership with Petroleum Training and Education Fund (Petrofund)
The British High Commission in Windhoek signed a Chevening partnership with the Petroleum Training and Education Fund (Petrofund), offering two jointly funded scholarships for Namibian scholars to study petroleum related Masters Degrees in the UK in the next academic year 2016/17.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) opened an expanded laboratory and education facility in Gaborone, Botswana, last week to support its beneficiation efforts in the African nation by bringing value-added services to gem-producing countries.
Ten Nigerian senior executives from leading companies have enrolled as Business School Netherlands announced December 7, 2015, the commencement of its Executive Doctorate in Business Administration program.
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited has introduced a new proposition called Flexx for youths aged 16 – 24 years old.
The Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation chaired today the first Steering Committee for the European Union (EU) funded project "Enhancing Access of Children to Education and Fighting Child Labour" implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP).
Building on its foundation as the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Company for Education, Airtel Ghana has supported the 2015 edition of the Business Cup Challenge, an initiative by Lancaster University Ghana with a cash donation.
Alcatel-Lucent and Burkina Faso to apply cloud networking technology to stimulate economic growth through digital public services
Alcatel-Lucent is to provide the government of Burkina Faso with cloud networking technology that will enable it to develop new digital public services, such as e-government, e-learning and e-health.
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has trained more than 1,500 African bankers and trade finance practitioners in structured trade finance, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to improve economic conditions of the continent
Nestle, Vevey, Switzerland has launched a US$33,500 (Ksh3.3 million) scholarship programme aimed at improving the level of education in eight coffee farming communities that they work with in Central and Eastern Kenya.
Two hundred members of the Nakom Women Association in the Pusiga District of the Upper East Region have completed a two-day training on basic financial literacy with a call on them to cultivate the habit of documenting all their business transactions
In line with its vision to improve broadband penetration across Nigeria, MainOne has given a facelift to the ICT Laboratory of Herbert Macaulay Girls Secondary School, in Yaba, Lagos, with a donation of tech facilities and free internet.
Elekta inaugurated its advanced Elekta Training Center Cape Town; a collaboration between Elekta and Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
Aiming to bolster Africa’s participation in global trade, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced a new round of advanced training for African trade finance practitioners to take place in Nairobi from 10 to 13 November.
Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency kicked off the first phase of its Procurement Assistance Program in Ethiopia under the Agency's Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI).
[Interview] Africa Business Communities speaks with Young Global Leader, Vikas Pota, Founder of Varkey Foundation
Vickas Pota is the Chief Executive of Varkey Foundation,a Young Global Leader who is passionate about Education. The Varkey Foundation believes in the power of education to make positive and developmental change, globally. In his visit to Ghana, Africa Business Communities, caught up with Vickas for a chat.
The AFRITACs Central and South organized on September 28-October 2 an interregional seminar, in collaboration with the Africa Training Institute. The event organized at the institute’s headquarters in Mauritius brought together senior officials and experts in tax and customs.
Sifuni Mchome, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, launched the program at an education exhibition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Rivers State government has stated that it spent a whooping N1.4 billion on overseas scholarship for indigenes of the state.
University of Ghana and Microsoft have signed a landmark Education Alliance Agreement which seeks to provide a framework to use technology to offer faculty, administrators and students powerful tools for improving teaching and learning
Huawei and the African Telecommunication Union (ATU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing ICT capability and literacy in Africa.
Globeleq, a company owned by Actis, the pan-emerging market investor, has completed the sale and transfer of Globeleq Africa, the leading power generation platform in Africa, to a company owned by Norfund,
Most African countries that today are considered low income will transition to middle income within 15 years, and all but one will be middle income by 2050, according to the Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR), released today.
Mpheti Mahlatsi Secondary School in Orange Farm and Southview High School in Lenasia are each the recipients of 5Mbps Uncapped WDSL (Wireless DSL) connectivity service for the next 18 months courtesy of Broadlink.
Nimmi Ramanujam, the Robert W. Carr Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, has been awarded two National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 grants to work with industry and non-profit partners to develop strategies for wide-scale screening for cervical cancer in East Africa
The UN nuclear agency on Monday said it will help African states cooperate in the development of nuclear sources for electricity generation.
Societe Generale Ghana and Prudential Life Insurance Ghana, have launched the Sound Education Plan to help parents achieve the best possible futures for their children.
Diageo, parent company of Guinness Nigeria Plc and the world’s leading premium drinks business has kicked off its 2015 Master Bar Academy Programme in Nigeria.
[Nigeria] UBA resuscitates the Professorial Chair of Finance at University of Lagos, endows it with N52.9m
Pan-African financial services group, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has resuscitated the UBA Professorial Chair of Finance at the University of Lagos with an endowment sum of the N52.9 million.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an investment of $60 million over three years to develop the next generation of technical talent in Africa. As part of the initiative, IBM is expanding the Africa Technical Academy and the company’s Africa University Programme to over 20 African countries.
[Kenya] Strathmore Business School in collaboration with Safaricom launch second edition of journalism fellowship programme
Strathmore Business School has today launched the second edition of the Safaricom Business Journalism Fellowship, an eight month, mid-career program that gives business journalists the opportunity to train alongside Kenya’s leading business lecturers and some of the top corporate newsmakers in the region.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s Africapitalism Institute and Durham University Business School, one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom, co-hosted a day-long academic symposium on the economic philosophy called “Africapitalism” at the Foundation’s headquarters in Lagos.
Kenya to host Tokyo International Conference on African Development summit next year as Gambia bows out
Kenya was given the honour to host the summit when the President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh withdrew his country’s offer to host the summit in favour of Kenya following lobbying by a Kenyan delegation led by Deputy President William Ruto in the Gambian capital Banjul.
Rendeavour, Africa’s largest urban land developer, announced today its support for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will feature US President Barack Obama and will be held in Nairobi on 25-26 July.