'Nigeria's Mark Zuckerberg' puts tech into higher learning

At 23, many people around the world are still at university -- at that age, Gossy Ukanwoke had already started one.

The young entrepreneur is the founder of Beni American University (BAU), Nigeria's first private online university. Launched in late 2012, the school allows students to access their classes at any time of the day with any internet-enabled device.

Source: CNN

Computing – In Brief

- International humanitarian organisation Rockefeller Foundation has announced a $3.8 million grant to facilitate completion of a mini ICT park to be located in central Accra, Ghana. The philanthropic foundation has collaborated with World Bank to empower the West African nation’s IT and IT enabled service industry’

Julius Caesar in Africa – ICT helps reinvent Shakespearean drama

The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company returns to BAM with a new twist on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Set in present-day Africa and featuring an all-black cast, this visionary production echoes recent regime struggles throughout the continent. TheTech-savvy students at Leqele High School in Maseru, the capital of the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, are using ICT to revolutionise their English literature classes. Their adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar in an African setting is making literature more enjoyable and accessible for everyone.

Source: elearninig Africa

$100 Zedupad Tablet the Answer to Zambia’s Failing School System?

Many African schools are failing their pupils. Through a combination of lack of resources, low teaching skills and many other factors, the students who come out at the other end do not have the skills and understandings required. In a fortnight’s time iSchools in Zambia will launch a tablet or under US100 pre-loaded with the curriculum for schools and parents. I talked to its founder Mark Bennett about what it wants to do.

Source: AFKinsider

South Africa's Western Cape launches free Wi-Fi pilot

South Africa's Western Cape government has launched a free Wi-Fi pilot project at The Hague Primary School, in Delft, and plans to extend it to Atlantis, Robertson and the Garden Route soon.

The pilot project aimed to test what models work best and replicate these across the Western Cape. The project. managed by Home of Compassion Ministries, would see 22 local schools connected, acting as central connection points to reach about 43 000 people in the region.

Source: Telecompaper

IBM Set 10-year Plan to Address Cognitive Computing in Africa

The International Business Machine (IBM) has come up with a 10-year business model that will address cognitive computing in Africa. This, according to the company, will help develop data for the provision of solutions to Africans.

IBM unveiled the plan in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday at the 2014 IBM Cognitive Colloquium, which seeks to drive the new era of computing in Africa.

Source: This Day Live

Why Pamoja says Cloud cover is good for Africa

Cloud is ready for your business in 2014, but is your business ready for the Cloud? This was the question put to delegates at an information session on the impact of Cloud computing as a business differentiator held at Microsoft, Bryanston in March. The session was hosted by Pamoja in association with its network of solution partners and Microsoft South Africa.

Pamoja is the value-added services business entity and strategic arm leading Seacom’s entry into content aggregation and Cloud computing services.

Source: Press release

Computing - In brief

- The national policy on Information and Communication Technology will contribute significantly to the newly adopted Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation as a principal driver of economic development, Senior Minister in the President's Office Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said last week. He said this while officiating at the opening of the E-Tech Africa 2014 Exhibition and National ICT Finalisation Workshop.

Samsung unveils solar-powered school in DRC

Samsung Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Ministry of Primary, Secondary, and Vocational Education officially handed over a solar-powered Internet school (SPIS) in Kinshasa.

According to Samsung, this forms part of company's efforts to improve learning and education through the use of new information and communication technologies in rural areas in Africa. It is also part of a government initiative to modernise the national education system through the acquisition of appropriate materials and tools.

Source: ITWeb

IBM's Master The Mainframe Contest Closes In Kenya, South Africa

Held for the first time in Africa, competition attracts record number of participants with four Africans selected for global contest in New York this April

IBM has officially announced the close of its Master the Mainframe competition in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, part of the company's System z Academic Initiative, allows students around the world take charge of world-class zEnterprise computing platforms and showcase their talents, while learning sought-after enterprise computing skills. 

Source: Press release
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