Computing

West Africa: Sonatel reveals digital education project

Senegalese operator Sonatel has launched the Orange Foundation’s digital education project for Africa in the presence of the country’s minister of education, Serigne Mbaye Thiam.

According to the operator, the project is expected to cover Senegal, Cameroun, Niger and Madagascar in its pilot phase. The company revealed that schools chosen for the programme will be able to access online educational content via Wi-Fi, including Wikepedia, Khan Academy math and science courses, and digital books.

University of the Witwatersrand & edX Partner To Bring MOOCs In Africa

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) has partnered with edX to bring massive open online courses (MOOCs) to a global learning audience.

Education investment has remained the same yet the number of students has increased and will continue to increase. This increase in demand, along with the growing value of university degrees on the continent, means that the current high levels of educational expansion may still not be enough. The edX and Wits partnership will help bridge this gap by delivering education opportunities to students on the continent and beyond.

Computing – In Brief

Focus Softnet, a global ERP and software solutions development company, has announced that it has signed Future Kenya as their new partner in Kenya. According to the terms of the partnership agreement, Future Kenya will sell, deploy and support Focus Softnet’s entire range of enterprise and vertical-specific solutions as well as offer a full range of services to customers across Kenya.

As Liberian schools remain closed, tablets could become digital classroom

Schools in Liberia have been closed since July as the country has confronted a deadly Ebola outbreak that, so far, has killed nearly 3,000 people.


With 1.4 million school-aged children currently without access to education, tech developer Rumie is hoping to help kids continue their schooling by sending 200 low-cost tablets to Liberia. It's a relatively small number. But the people behind the Rumie Initiative believe that those 200 tablets could help as many as 2,000 people.

Nigeria: Pushing the Frontiers of Data Centre Management in Nigeria

Today, in Nigeria and other parts of the globe, more companies and individuals rely on data centre services provided, sometimes through the cloud, even in remote locations scattered across the world for their businesses and other needs.

Kenya: School Transforms Bus Into Computer Lab to Attract Street Children

Giving the youth and young children the chance to learn life skills is one of the main aims of the Wema Centre in Bamburi, Mombasa. To achieve this, they set up a project called Dreamcatcher, which involves the use of a modified and refurbished bus equipped with computers for them to learn computer skills. The project launched early 2013 is used to conduct mobile computer lessons not only to the residents of Wema Centre but also the youth in the neighbourhood.

Samsung Bequeaths Kenyan Primary Schools With E-Learning Libraries

VENTURES AFRICA – In line with its commitment to providing quality platforms for education of school children in Kenya, Samsung has started an initiative which will see the South Korean conglomerate provide new libraries properly equipped and furnished with ICT facilities to select schools in the East African country.

MTN SA launches low-cost Steppa Tablet

Following the sell-out of the Steppa 1, MTN SA has revealed the next device in their low-cost range – the Steppa Tablet.

Bundled with 200 MB data for 12 months, the Steppa Tablet brings the Internet to students and learners, entrepreneurs on the go and consumers looking for an affordable, high-performance alternative to a PC or laptop.

Computing – In Brief

ABOUT a quarter of the Nigeria's population has cited the lack of security as the biggest challenge impeding on the adoption of e-Commerce. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), who says the recently-released 'Shop the World' nonetheless revealed emerging markets offers the highest growth potential for the eCommerce industry.

Tanzania: Minister Endorses ICT Outsourcing in Public Services

A business processing outsourcing framework which will be used by different public service delivery agencies including in digitising documents is in the pipeline.

Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Professor Makame Mbarawa said that the process of developing the framework which started last year has been delayed because it needs private sector input.

"I hope that stakeholders from the private sector will be part of the process so that they advise us on the best possible framework," Prof Mbarawa said.

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