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Samsung Supports Education Transformation with ICT Solutions



As one of the continent’s economic powerhouses, Nigeria has in many ways set new standards of progress across Africa. But, it’s become clear that in order to maintain this momentum, the country needs new answers to existing education challenges.

Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, recently announced that currently 1.5 million school-age children in the country are not attending school.

And as a result of the large volumes of children not in schools, Nigeria’s literate population currently sits at about 63 million, with between 65 and 75 miilion illiterate people in the country.

While government – recognising that education is key to the stability of the economy – is looking at measures to formalise the non-formal education sector, there have again been calls for the establishment of more public-private sector partnerships in order to help overcome this challenge.

But, it’s also become increasingly clear that if we want to address this challenge, we can’t continue to do things as they’ve always been done.

According to Sthembile Shabangu, Lead: Public Relations, Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Africa Office, ‘while we can’t ignore the importance of investing in content-related resources and the like, the most meaningful way we can make a major impact is through the country’s greatest educational asset – its teachers.

“Through teachers we have the opportunity to make a genuine difference to the stories of generations to come. Just one teacher can affect the lives of many students.

With this in mind Samsung set out to spread its Smart School initiative far and wide.

Geared towards the strategic development of teachers by enhancing the skills vital in today’s classroom, Samsung Smart Schools make use of the latest ICT solutions to drive teacher and student-led learning.

Equipped with a wide range of learning tools such as tablets, laptops, desktops, an e-board and a WiFi printer, these schools are designed to support interactive teaching and learning, as well as greater collaboration through engaging digital content.

“Our goal is to empower teachers to provide quality education through a combination of learner management systems, content and interactive management solutions.

“We don’t simply want to help teachers educate young Nigerians, we want to help them grow creative young minds for whom the sky is no longer the limit.

“To date, Samsung has rolled out five different smart schools across Nigeria in the districts of Ogun, Imo, Cross River, Abuja and Delta State.

“As a result, we have trained about 192 teachers – teachers who have no doubt left an incredible legacy in the lives of many more Nigerian students,” he added.

Leaving a legacy that will last

But the story doesn’t end there. If we truly want to see new generations making a tangible contribution to the workplace and helping to drive the economy forward, we need to make sure they are also equipped with practical skills to help them succeed.

Given that the digital age is upon us, we know that ICT and engineering skills top the list of capabilities which need to be developed if we truly want to progress. This is an area in which Samsung feels it can truly leverage its wealth of experience and expertise in the tech space to make a difference.

And for us the difference comes in the form of our two Engineering Academies in Lagos and Ekiti. Aimed at addressing the skills gap in technical and engineering expertise, the Engineering Academies not only draw on the knowledge and expertise of the company’s highly skilled staff members, but also equip students with ‘starter’ toolkits so that they are fully empowered to start growing their own businesses should this be the direction they wish to take.

Already these Academies have trained over 800 young minds and seen 257 students graduate.

There can be no doubt that the private sector has an increasingly important role to play in helping to address Nigeria’s education concerns. But, if we want to have a genuine effect on the country’s education scene, we have to become smarter in the way we address current challenges.

We need to ensure that the solutions we implement are powerful enough to spread beyond our spheres of influence. Indeed, we must make sure they have the reach needed to impact a nation.

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Group to Train 5,000 North East Youths on ICT



Arewa Young Leaders Initiative, a group of youths from the 19 northern states and Federal Capital Territory campaigning for a drug-free north, says it plans to train 5,000 youths on ICT in the northeast.

Malam Ibrahim Yusuf, Drug-Free Campaign Coordinator, disclosed this in Gombe on Thursday after a rally which terminated at the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu’s palace.

The coordinator said the training was to discourage drug consumption among youths by engaging them in meaningful ventures.

He said the training would be in collaboration with Microsoft and will commence before May.

The campaign coordinator said the group would also establish a skill acquisition centre in Gombe to serve the entire region.

Yusuf said the campaign was one of the key outcomes of the 2nd Arewa Youth Leadership Summit held in January at the Nigeria Airforce Conference centre Abuja.

He said drug abuse in the Northern region, especially among young people was an issue of concern which needed to be tackled.

He said the project was intended to be continuous in the span of five years.

“The campaign was structured and tailored to be holistic and all-encompassing with series of activities that are knitted together, for the benefit of youth,” he said.

The coordinator said key influential statesmen would be identified to disabuse the mind of young people on drug and inspire them for leadership.

Also, Mr. Aliyu Adole, Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Gombe, said the prevalence of drug abuse among youths in Gombe was high.

He called on the emir to facilitate the furnishing of the rehabilitation centre in Gombe.

“We have a befitting structure which was constructed by the state government but not equipped with standard facilities,” he said.

In his response, Shehu said it was his responsibility as a father to all to ensure drug-free society.

He appealed to youths in the states to desist from social vices capable of destroying their future.

“Drug abuse kills development because the population engaged in it is supposed to be the future leaders of the country.

“I want to assure you of my commitment as a father to all, in ensuring a drug-free society,” he said.

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Jumia Launches All-in-One Mobile App



Jumia, has announced the launch of Jumia One, a new Android all-in-one lifestyle App that allows customers to conduct all online transactions – such as, Airtime recharge, DSTV & Electricity payments, and access all Jumia services – on just a single App.


Paul Midy, the company’s new Chief Executive Officer said, “Our mission is to bring every online service in one place and make them easier, more secure and more affordable to everyone.”


Jumia One is in line with Jumia’s mission of improving people’s lives through the internet.


“We have built a one-stop shop for Africa where people could fulfill their daily needs or payments online on a single App,” added Midy.


Kushal Dutta, managing director of Jumia One Nigeria, noted that small-scale businesses and full-fledged companies can use the App to attract more customers, as it provides them with a free opportunity to download (for customers) and install (for businesses).


Dutta stated, “The new App is useful to both customers and entrepreneurs looking to sell everyday goods and services.


“You can sell or buy airtime, make payments across different banks, pay your church offerings, pay for your betting games or favourite sports, book Uber, pay for internet data, and most importantly, access all Jumia services, be it shopping for grocery or buying gadgets; ordering food online; or booking flights or a hotels.”


The icing on the cake, Dutta added, is the fact that customers who purchase airtime on Jumia One App will get instant 5% cash back, and those who choose to make payments through Jumia Pay will get 10% cashback.


Commenting on Jumia’s long-term goal for the continent, Midy said, “Hundred of thousands of local African companies are doing businesses on the Jumia platform daily.


“We are taking the entire economy online and enabling small, medium, and large African companies to find new customers and serve them in a new way.”

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Phase3 Joins Efforts on Access to Healthcare for Indigents in FCT



Phase3 Telecom said that its grant access portfolio has been expanded to support local high impact health based initiatives nationwide; principally those that are designed to combat the disproportionate access of the poor to affordable and quality healthcare services.


This is as part of its increased corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive

Stanley Jegede

According Stanley Jegede, chief executive, Phase3 Telecom  “in the past four years, the scope of Phase3 health based grants have significantly increased to a greater percentage almost at par with its ICT grants portfolio, due to the obvious alarming increase in the death rate of the nation’s citizenry from causes that are less terminal or natural; and it is quite disconcerting  that chief causes of death beyond security and social crises often stem from treatable causes that only requires timely, effective and affordable medical care’.


Phase3 also believes that the nation’s low global ranking in terms of human development, especially in the area of access to affordable and quality healthcare as well as standard medical facilities or clinical health centers would improve quicker if more individuals and organizations support credible programs that focus on equal access to healthcare and its outcomes; as government and allied agencies alone cannot resolve this.


Thus, Phase3 will once again ride on its partnership with Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC) to provide financial assistance to indigent patients in the capital’s general hospitals with Gwagwalada being the first stop; as GIPLC is a credible NGO and an organization that thrives on collective actions and is well versed in building networks that can sustainably combat healthcare disparities beyond Nigeria such as South Sudan.


More so, since the scope of this partnership is to cover the medical expenses of the most vulnerable indigents at each target medical facility or centre per quarter – Phase3 resolved to deploy its health based grant for this program through GIPLC due to the fact that the NGO understands the criteria of assessment and measurability of such near complex medical aid initiatives as well as the integrity required in ensuring that grants are disbursed in the names of each beneficiary.


And it is a Phase3 chief objective that as it continues to advocate greater quantification of individual access to affordable healthcare, and less disparity in the quality of healthcare available to especially indigent women, children, elderly, and persons with disabilities in rural areas; disadvantage communities or hubs – more corporates will join efforts for quicker results and to positively change the course of Nigeria’s healthcare sector.


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