Competition within the technology sector is becoming more intense and Asia’s importance as both a manufacturing location and a consumer market is growing. However, although Asia is still key to the sector, Africa has also witnessed an explosion in technology adoption recently and is set to develop as a region.
This is according to Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa , who says that a recent DHL global technology conference revealed these trends around the changing dynamics of the technology market.
-President Uhuru Kenyatta's adviser on political affairs Joshua Kuttuny has asked Kenyans to support Jubilee's laptop project saying the gadgets are vital in developing nations. Kuttuny criticised leaders opposed to the project whom he said are rich and their children are exposed to modern technology in their schools. Kuttuny said Jubilee administration is keen on constitution implementation and supports devolution. "The constitution required county governments to be allocated 15 per cent of the national GDP but the figure was revised to 32.5 per cent by the national government.”
As part of its far-reaching 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft will be partnering with The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS), a social enterprise organisation, to develop a national website, helping Nigerian youth and jobs seekers to make a successful transition into the world of work.
The website will be in English, and provides resources ranging from online career guidance, employability and entrepreneurship training, to specific work experience and job opportunities.
The Future Awards next week will be used as the springboard to launch the portal.
XO Laptops, those distributed to schoolchildren in the country's 'One Laptop per Child' program (OLPC) are being installed with a new program called "e-solution," which delivers digital content in mathematics, English and science subjects at the primary level and is expected to greatly improve the learning and educational resources.
E-solution is designed according to the National Primary School curriculum and its content can be accessed both on and offline.
-Kenya: The Zoop Company limited has extended its SchoolPesa service to Valentine Elite School to enable parents pay tuition fees. Parents would have access to the receipts of their payment whenever they want through Zoop online portal. In three steps a parent would be given a student identity number (ID) that allows Zoop to safely and securely track all payments as well as online and printable receipts and SMS payment confirmation. Once signed up all they need to do is to go to the M-Pesa menu and that payments will be processed in 48 hours.
XRX Technologies recently introduced ConnectKey, a software system embedded in Xerox multifunction printers (MFPs) and a set of solutions that respond to an increasingly mobile workforce and the need for more advanced IT security across connected devices.
The government has started the search for companies to supply laptops for primary school pupils with a budget of up to Sh17.4 billion in the next one year. The ministry of Education Science and Technology on Friday put out an International Competitive Biding or supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of computing devices and solutions for ICT integration in education in primary schools.
Monrovia — A project aiming to provide high school students with the needed and most recent academic materials has been launched in Liberia. The Project is being launched by the Ashesi University in the Republic of Ghana, and is currently piloted at the Ricks institute in Monrovia. The project is a software network project that is used to download the most recent textbooks and academic materials from the website for students who find it difficult getting access to the needed materials for their studies to prepare them for future public exams.