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Edusko Hosts School Leaders at the Business of Education Summit

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(L-r): Binta Bhadmus, compere; Folawe Omikunle, moderator; Lanre Olusola, panellist; Darrell McGraw, panellist; Raghav Lal, panellist; Dr. Adebodun Sanyaolu, panellist, Jide Ayegbusi, convener and Oscar Gbemilek, in a group photograph at the summit. 
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By peter oluka

Edusko, a leading edtech company, hosted hundreds of school leaders across Nigeria in its maiden edition of the Business of Education with various thought and business leaders sharing wealth of experience with the school leaders on how they could improve on school outcomes through inspiring leadership.

In his welcoming address, at the summit held recently in Lagos, Jide Ayegbusi, the convener of the summit reiterated Edusko’s commitment to impacting the Nigerian education sector through programs and initiatives that can help its partners manage their schools better as well as help parents who regularly use Edusko’s online platform to find good schools, make better choices for their children.

“Some have asked us why this event is free for the participants. Our simple answer is, the best things in life are free. This is our own little way of impacting the education sector and key stakeholders in it. Together, we can make the education sector and system great again,” said Ayegbusi.

Professor Chris Ogbechie, the keynote speaker, of the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, told the audience that today’s parents take a closer look at the quality of school leaders before making school choices.

Emphasising the need for school owners to set high expectations, Ogbechie said, “As proprietors of schools you have to set high expectations. You must refuse to accept a low-aspirational mindset for your students just because of the state of the country and the complex issues we currently face. Schools should develop systems where teachers are supported and challenged to search for more effective ways of enabling all students to learn.”

Afterwards, Mr Lolade Adewuyi, founder, CampsBay Media shared the importance of schools increasing sports participation to grow the leadership potentials of their students while also helping to develop the sports business ecosystem.

“Engaged students mean fewer agitations and unruly behaviour. Active students mean stronger bodies and less time spent in the sick bay. More sport means more business for all,” Adewuyi said.

In the panel discussion, Mr Lanre Olusola (The Catalyst) mentioned why school leaders should change with the changing world. “Everything is changing, teachers, therefore, have to change the dynamics of how they teach”, he said. Olusola went further to say that parents ought to complement the work teachers are doing at home. Reiterating, Raghav Lal, CEO of The Transnational Academic Group said what is working well for schools are teachers and parents who work hand in hand.

Others on the panel were: Mrs Biola Alabi, founder, Grooming for Greatness and Biola Alabi Media; Dr Adebodun Sanyaolu, CEO Adkyke Consulting and Darrell McGraw, partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Nigeria.

Edusko was launched in 2015 to help private schools across Africa become more accessible and at the same time help parents make informed school choices despite their busy schedules. At the moment, over 4,000 leading schools are listed on the platform and close to 10,000 parents have used the platform in the last one year to place their kids in suitable schools. The company has a presence in over 30 states in Nigeria and more than 10 regions in Ghana.

 

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Ericsson to Showcase Music Connect at Mawazine Festival 2019

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Ericsson has announced its participation in the 18th edition of the Mawazine Festival, one of the world’s largest music events, taking place in Rabat, Morocco from June 21-29, 2019. Through a showcase of the future technology, Ericsson played Music Connect to exhibit how the future will look like with new innovations that are developed to create immersive experiences for audiences of such big events.

Music Connect enables musicians in different locations playing together in real time with harmony. It will enable more people to enjoy immersive performances than ever before.

The higher throughput connection and ultra-low latency enables musicians to practice and perform in real time and perfect synchronization, even when they are geographically apart. It will also allow musicians with disabilities to participate in musical events and receive or provide training without physically being present – transforming limitations into possibilities.

Music Connect highlights how connectivity can transform our interaction with arts, and the ways that 5G technology will revolutionize this industry – by providing a much more enhanced, enriching experience through connectivity across the globe.

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Titans of Tech Focuses on Local Content, Infrastructure Protection for Socio-Economic Growth

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THE 2019 edition of prestigious Titans of Tech Award will hold in Lagos, Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Oriental Hotels Victoria Island with a special Roundtable on the growing importance of digital infrastructure protection in the quest to further Socio-economic Growth.

 

Don Pedro Aganbi, managing consultant, Technology Africa, who made this known to newsmen in Lagos revealed that the theme of the Leadership Roundtable is “Cyber security, Local Content Development, Big Data & Infrastructure Protection – Catalyst for Economic Growth And National Development.”

 

According to Aganbi, “An industry data claimed that Nigeria might have ceded about 70 per cent of the country’s technology market to brands due to apathy for locally made products”. Local content according to him is defined as the amount of incremental value added or created in Nigeria through the utilisation of Nigerian human and material resources for the provision of goods and services in the ICT industry within acceptable quality and standards, to stimulate the development of indigenous capabilities.

 

Speaking further he said that the widespread deployment of digital and other communication infrastructure is creating an unprecedented increase in the volume of data. It is this deluge of digital data that is now popularly called ‘big data.”

 

He stated that “data is the lifeblood and an essential ingredient for accountability in the digital economy.”

 

Aganbi noted that as the economy got more connected the need to safeguard data, secure transactions and protect digital infrastructure grew exponentially.

 

He explained that more and more people agree that the connected economy is precipitated by the Internet and is rapidly changing the way we work, socialize, create and share information. Indeed, it is continuously changing the way we organize the flow of people, ideas, and things around the globe.

 

The infrastructure, he said, that makes this possible undoubtedly is a strategic economic growth driver; and a catalyst for socio economic development.

 

So naturally the protection of such infrastructure, particularly of rapidly growing digital infrastructure, is akin to ensuring the survival of the emerging digital society and sustaining economic growth, he revealed.

 

Aganbi made it known that several seasoned industry experts and leaders are expected to attend and participate in the seminal leadership round table session.

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AfDB Hosts Masterclass on Women’s Skills in Business Development

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The fourth Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA)/Entreprenarium masterclass began Monday in Pretoria, South Africa, aimed at improving women’s skills in business development and financial management.

40 business women, who came through an online application process, will attend the two-day masterclass, which will cover financial planning, lean start-up methodology and business model canvassing.

A mentoring and coaching session will help participants to broaden their skills. The masterclasses are jointly conducted by the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) and Entreprenarium, a pan-African foundation that invests philanthropic capital in the training and financing of women and young entrepreneurs.

Speaking at the opening, African Development Bank Regional Director General, Kapil Kapoor, queried development agendas that discriminate 50% of the population on regulation, skills development, access to information. “We would like to put gender at forefront of our development agenda to cause a transformation that is inclusive. This is a forum where the Bank can do differently to bring about this transformation,” he said.

The training forms part of the Bank’s goal to support over a thousand women entrepreneurs in six African countries. Training has already occurred in the Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon and Kenya, and is under way in Tunisia. From the first three countries, applications for financing are being reviewed with a view to support the most promising projects.

Despite South Africa being the second largest economy in Africa, the nation has very high levels of unemployment (59% youth, 29.5% women), huge disparities in income and too many unskilled youth and women. Many youth and women face numerous challenges that include unaffordable bank fees for those on low incomes, a lack of trust in financial institutions, and informal borrowings.

Access to finance in South Africa remains a challenge, especially to black African women. Some of the major obstacles include inadequate financial literacy; the banking sector’s fear of their perceived risks of lending to women; economic empowerment targets that exclude women’s enterprises; and inadequate or inappropriate bank products.

Entreprenarium has been working with women entrepreneurs throughout Africa since 2004 and has trained over 2,000 entrepreneurs.

Speaking for Entreprenarium, Frédéric Ngirabacu, Chief Operating Officer said, “We developed this programme to support and empower resilient and innovative women entrepreneurs all across the African continent, because they have a right to the same opportunities as men to build their financial autonomy in a sustainable way.”

AFAWA is a powerful and creative new initiative that intends to mobilise over $3 billion of financing for women-empowered businesses in Africa to reduce women’s business vulnerability and liberate unused human potential for sustainable and equitable growth.

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