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Breakthrough in Education Funding could help Over 8million Nigerian Children- Education Commission

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.Youth activists deliver petition with 1.5 million signatures calling for the biggest global investment in education history

   .United Nations Secretary-General, World Bank, and Regional Development Banks support for the International Finance Facility for Education.

   .UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown warns of global education crisis with “wide and persistent divide” that risks excluding 400 million girls from employment by 2030.

 

Nigeria has one of the world’s largest populations of out-of-school youth in the world, and most children deprived of an education are girls.

 

 

Today, youth activists from around the world will meet in New York with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and carry a clear and simple message:”We need more and better funding for education to achieve our full potential.”

 

The youth will hand over a global petition with more than 1.5 million signatures calling on world leaders to launch a new International Finance Facility for Education that can provide an additional USD 10 billion for global education investments for the most marginalized young people throughout the world.

 

More than eight million Nigerian children, 60% of them girls, are not in school and won’t have the skills they need to get jobs and build secure, stable futures.

 

 

Nigeria is part of a global education crisis. If no action is taken, more than 400 million girls around the world will not be on track to have the skills needed for employment in 2030.

 

 

Learning standards across Africa are 100 years behind today’s average high-income countries, and by 2030 the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (the Education Commission) estimates that more than half of the world’s children and young people – some 800 million youth – will not have the basic skills needed for the modern workforce.

 

On current trends, it will take until after 2100 for all countries to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) target of ensuring that all children complete primary and secondary education.

 

 

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown said: “The human faces behind these statistics are the most heartbreaking.

 

“In Nigeria, girls living in poverty bear the greatest burden – many of them drop out of school and get married early.

 

“They are left without skills for the modern economy and won’t have much hope for the future.”

 

 

The International Finance Facility for Education would work with countries to collectively achieve the largest education investment in history and empower the next generation to fulfill their potential.

 

 

Young people are outraged that progress has stalled as investment has not kept pace with the need for education funding.

 

 

International support for education has declined from 13% of all aid ten years ago to now just 10%.

 

 

All aid to education in developing countries combined offers only USD 10 per child – not enough to pay for a second-hand textbook, let alone a quality education.

 

Today at the United Nations, Global Youth Ambassadors from Nepal, Kenya, and Sierra Leone are bringing the signatures of more than 1.5 million people asking for change and immediate action.

 

 

The petition was collected by young people working with several organizations, including Theirworld’s network of 900 Global Youth Ambassadors in 90 countries, BRAC in Bangladesh, and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi in Pakistan.

 

 

The youth will meet with the United Nations Secretary-General, UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown, President of the Inter-American Development Bank Luis Moreno, and the World Bank’s Vice President for Human Development Annette Dixon to discuss funding for education.

 

The International Finance Facility for Education could help countries like Nigeria bridge the education funding gap and get all children in school and learning.

 

 

The Facility, put forth by the Secretary-General, would make aid more effective by leveraging and maximizing the impact of donor resources through the World Bank and regional development banks to provide an additional 20 million places in school in its initial stage.

 

 

Countries would multiply the impact by increasing their own funding and committing to critical education reforms.

 

 

Upon meeting with the youth advocates and receiving the petition, the United Nations Secretary-General declared, “In our fast-changing world, we cannot accept 250 million children failing to learn even the most basic skills.

 

“In the coming decade, some one billion young people will enter the workforce. They all need education so that they can help build a world of peace, prosperity, dignity, and opportunity for all.

 

 

That is why the proposed new International Finance Facility for Education is critical.”

 

 

History shows that innovative and concerted international efforts can have profound impact. A decade and a half ago, such cooperation generated extraordinary new resources for the health sector and saved millions of lives.

 

Achieving universal education would increase GDP per capita in low-income countries by almost 70% by 2050.

 

The Facility will make what was once considered impossible – quality education for every child – possible within a generation.

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4th Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Holds October

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Tony Elumelu flanked by foundation beneficiaries

Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its 4thannual TEF Entrepreneurship Forum.

 

The largest gathering of African entrepreneurs and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem will unite over 5,000 entrepreneurs, global investors, leaders from the African public and private sectors and developmental organisations at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

 

The event is a unique opportunity to generate ideas, forge networks and bring policymakers and the private sector together, in a spirit of robust debate and interaction.

 

The 2018 cohort from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, as well as mentors and partners, will be present, as the culmination of their intensive twelve-week induction.

 

In keeping with the Foundation’s track record―most recently with President Macron of France―of bringing politicians face to face with the new generation of young business women and men shaping Africa, the Forum will include an interactive session with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, moderated by TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu.

 

The Forum will also feature the launch of the TEFConnect, the world’s largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs, dedicated to connecting African entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

 

Tony O. Elumelu, founder, stated: “In just four years, we have directly impacted 4,460 entrepreneurs, and we are beginning to see the results – job creation, ripple effects, but most importantly a recognition that Africa’s economic well-being is driven by entrepreneurs: female and male, large and small – they are the engine of our continent’s transformation. We will be championing and celebrating them. This year, we are truly achieving scale and impact; we received over 150,000 applications in 2017 alone, up from 20,000 applications in 2015. We are now calling on the current generation of African success stories and others to partner with us to see how we can all further create impact, genuinely transform millions of lives and increase the number of inspiring stories we will be hearing in Lagos”.

 

Parminder Vir OBE, TEF CEO, stated: “The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum is the only event across the continent that brings together the complete African entrepreneurship ecosystem, demonstrating our commitment to capturing the whole continuum – from the entrepreneurs themselves, governments who must provide enabling environments, to capital, advice and perhaps most importantly access and network”.

 

Inspired by Tony Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism and his vision to institutionalise luck and democratise opportunity for a new generation of African entrepreneurs, the Tony Elumelu Foundation has implemented one of the most ambitious entrepreneurship programmes globally.

 

The Programme is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor, and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs. Its goal is to invest in businesses that will generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and contribute at least $10 billion in new annual revenues across Africa.

 

In its 4th year, TEF Entrepreneurship Programme has empowered 4,460 entrepreneurs with a total investment of USD20million; 4,000 funded directly by the Foundation and 460 have been funded by partners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SNEPCo MD Calls for Diversification Roadmap as Shell Wins SPE Exhibition Award

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L-R; Lead, Subsurface Shallow Water, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Kefe Amrasa; Outgoing Chairman, Nigeria Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Chikezie Nwozu; Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, Bayo Ojulari and Shell’s Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment, Osa Igiehon, at the presentation of The Best Exhibitor Award to Shell at the just-concluded SPE Nigeria annual conference and exhibition in Lagos.

Bayo Ojulari, managing director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), has harped on economic diversification as a panacea for job creation and rapid economic growth of Nigeria.

 

Ojulari, spoke at the just-concluded annual conference and exhibition of the Nigeria Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) where Shell Companies in Nigeria bagged the award for best exhibitor, beating to the second and third positions Chevron and Exxon Mobil respectively.

 

Speaking on the conference theme, Diversification of the Nigerian Economy – The Oil & Gas Industry as an Enabler, Ojulari called for a diversification roadmap bearing the commitment signature of major stakeholders in the Nigerian project. “With such a roadmap, we are able to track performance year-in year-out while remaining focused.”

 

Ojulari added, “For Nigeria to diversify its economy, it must leverage the low hanging fruits such as agriculture, petrochemicals, which use gas as its feedstock and most importantly, education and technology.”

 

At the awards ceremony, two Shell staff,  Oghogho Effiom and Stella Egwim, received the SPE Nigeria Chairman Medallion awards while 10 other Shell staff got Service awards. The awards demonstrate a strong Shell participation at the 2018 SPE conference at which 20 technical papers were delivered by Shell staff out of 150 papers constituting about 13% from Shell .

 

“Over the years, Shell Companies in Nigeria have continued to demonstrate thought leadership at flagship industry events such as the SPE and we continue to promote self-development and professional affiliation by our staff as part of our wider human capacity development in Nigeria,” said Ojulari who received the best exhibitor award from Mr. Chikezie Nwosu, outgoing SPE Nigeria Council Chairman.

 

Shell’s exhibition stand combined aesthetics, architecture, informative posters, panel discussion sessions, career talks, video presentations and the ever popular Shell Health stand, to be a central attraction at the conference.

 

Visitors who thronged the Shell booth were received by the Lead exhibitor, Kefe and team. The guests were drawn from oil servicing firms, equipment manufacturers, student, professional and academic bodies as well as international and indigenous oil contractors and companies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo States benefit from MTN’s Emergency Ward Intervention Project

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In the spirit of brightening lives across different states in Nigeria, the MTN Foundation recently extended its Emergency Ward Intervention project to south-east Nigeria, donating medical equipment and health supplies to Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo states.

 

MTN, through its social investment vehicle – MTN Foundation – is dedicated to alleviating the vast health care needs of Nigerians especially for residents in local communities who cannot afford to pay for proper medical services.

 

Staff of the benefiting hospitals: Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital,Awka, Anambra; Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA 1), Ebonyi and Imo State University Teaching Hospital(IMSUTH), Owerri were excited to receive the donations from the Foundation.

 

Dignitaries including health commissioners from various states who attended the handover ceremony applauded MTN for reaching out to them and positively transforming the health care system in their communities.

 

Some of the medical equipment and consumables donated by MTN Foundation include digital patient monitors, stethoscopes, fracture immobilizers, laryngoscopes, and aspiration suction machines, amongst others.

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