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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. 

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.

 

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Uber Extends Safety Toolkit Launch for Riders, Drivers to Nigeria

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Uber  to double down on safety and roll out Safety Toolkit for riders and drivers across 38 countries, including Nigeria; Features to include Safety Centre, Trusted Contacts, Share Trip, emergency assistance button and customisable speed alerts

This week Uber announced the new Safety Toolkit which, over the next few weeks, will be rolled out to the millions of riders, drivers and delivery-partners using the app across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The toolkit will introduce new innovative features which aim to raise the bar on safety, and increase transparency, accountability and peace of mind for all users.

Since launching the app, Uber has provided millions of people with technology that allows them to get a ride at the push of a button, track every trip with GPS technology and report any issues 24/7 with a dedicated safety team.

With the introduction of new safety features, the company aims to double down on safety and help make the Uber community safer.

Features that will be introduced as part of the new rider and driver safety toolkit, include:

Emergency button – With the push of a button in the app, riders, drivers and delivery-partners can connect directly to private emergency services and security response when needed through a third party private security supplier

Trusted Contacts – Riders can now easily designate five friends or family members as “trusted contacts” and, with a single tap, share their trip information which are easily customisable in their trip sharing preferences.

Safety Centre – A new app-housed safety information hub where users can find information on some of the key existing safety tools in the app, including our 24/7 team, information on the driver and the car, trip GPS-tracking and our rating and feedback system.

Speed alerts – A feature which reminds drivers and delivery partners to maintain a safe speed within the posted speed limits.

These new safety features will be a phased rollout, not all riders, drivers and delivery partners will have access to the features immediately.

“With more than 15 million trips on the Uber app every day, there is nothing more important than the safety of riders, drivers and couriers. Over the last year we’ve been working to develop innovative products that increase transparency, accountability and peace of mind for all users.

The rollout of our new Safety Toolkit features across Europe, Middle East and Africa is the next step in making sure that we’re helping everyone stay safe and connected, wherever you might be,” says Sachin Kansal, Uber’s Global Head of Safety Product.

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has made safety a top priority for 2018. Since joining the company, he has introduced a number of changes including Injury Protection cover for driver’s, delivery-partners and riders, driving hour limits and Driver Share my Trip.

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Okeremi Urges NIMC to Creating Additional Biometric Centres to Expedite NIN Registration

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Ronke Okeremi, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Arit of Africa, in addressing the inadequacy of centres, has urged NIMC to create more physical and mobile registration centres in order to speed up the enrolment of more Nigerians.

Okeremi while speaking on the need to hasten up the programme suggested that the creation of more centres across the country will solve the issue of slow pace of registration and boost the morale of Nigerians in the urban and rural areas to participate in the exercise.

The technology expert who is managing the oldest information and communication technology [ICT] in Nigeria reiterated that one of the logjams associated with the NIN programmes is the inadequate registration centres especially in some remote areas in the country.

She therefore called on NIMC to equally train its field officers in order for them to give their utmost in the discharge of their duties, in respect to the NIN registration exercise.

“Operators who are enrolling the citizens must be properly trained and biometric acquisition and authentication processes must be adequately defined.

“Mobile biometric enrolment kits can be used to provide biometric registration where it is required and it is especially useful for enrolment in outskirts and in the remote areas.

“A biometric system is made credible by ensuring that quality biometric acquisition devices are utilised and by installing software that ensures the quality of captured biometric and security of the biometric system”, she said.

Since the period the National Identity Management Commission [NIMC] was established to provide sustainable world-class identity management solution to affirm identity, enhance governance and service delivery in Nigeria, the government agency has experienced setbacks in enrolling Nigerians properly.

Among these challenges are ineffective and inefficient enrolment exercise, which include lack of adequate registration centres, extortion of enrollees before they could be enrolled, lack power supply and unavailable internet facility among others.

These challenges have rendered the enrolment exercise comatose, resulting in slow pace of work, which has further left many Nigerians frustrated, dejected and disinterested in the NIN exercise.

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Nigerian Startup Celebrates Female Heroes

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Social media in recent weeks has been agog with the celebration of iconic Nigerian women, by Nigerian female entrepreneurs from all walks of life, who have been commemorating their female heroes.

 

618Bees, a Nigerian tech start-up, began the ‘Naija Woman Hero’ contest where women are required to post a photo of their all-time iconic Nigerian woman on Instagram, using the hashtag #NaijaWomanHero, and tagging @618Bees.

 

Thousands of female entrepreneurs have nominated their iconic Nigerian women and the contest has started a resurgence of some sort since the competition began.

 

The competition has seen thousands of posts since the contest began on October 1st.

 

According to the BBC, Nigeria has the highest number of female entrepreneurs in the world and who often struggle to secure investment, with banks always requiring collaterals, like properties, which women often do not have.

 

Without access to capital, it is difficult for a lot of women to grow their businesses.

 

In a bid to make life easier for women, 618 Bees is offering hundreds of woman the opportunity to start their own businesses by registering the businesses for free.

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