Laptops in Africa's classrooms; saviour or a waste of good money?

AFRICA’S tech boom has made many governments on the continent eager to incorporate e-learning into their education policies, to mixed success.

Rwanda’s One Laptop per Child project has seen over 203,000 laptops distributed to primary school pupils, making it the third largest deployment of laptops to schools globally after Peru and Uruguay.

But laptop projects have stalled in other countries, as controversies over corruption and political opportunism, and as to whether laptops are a good educational investment in the first place, throw a spanner in the works.

Computing – In Brief

Intel has completed the training of 400 women under its recently launched "Intel She Will Connect programme". The training conducted at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, targeted women drawn from The League of Kenyan Women Voters, and was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.

Huawei brings HD desktop phone to SA

Huawei has unveiled its full-HD intelligent desktop phone, the Huawei eSpace 8950, to the South African market.

According to Huawei, the growing popularity of intelligent desktop phones has changed the way businesses communicate with each other, and have inadvertently created a demand for richer user experience coupled with aesthetic appeal.

Nigeria: Integrated Payroll System Saves FG N160 Billion

Abuja — Government’s anti-corruption effort through the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS), which was introduced in 2011, has saved the nation N160 billion by practically stopping some corrupt practices like the inflation of personnel figures in the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

The Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dr. Joe Abah, revealed this yesterday at the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day in Abuja, stating that the country's anti-corruption efforts were yielding positive results.

Computing – In Brief

Director of Information Communication Technology with the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Mr Phares Magesa, has been appointed to a panel of judges to evaluate entries submitted for the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) IT award for 2015.

Tell Nigerians What You Found After Invading Our Data Centre, APC Dares DSS

APC has called the DSS out to tell Nigerians what they found in their data centre after they recently invaded the place and arrested some workers. In this press statement released few minutes ago, APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed dared the officers to tell Nigerians what they actually discovered even after going with some of their vital documents. Find the press statement after the cut.

Permira Buys 100% of South Africa’s Data firm Teraco Data Environments

London-based  Private Equity firm Permira, has acquired 100% equity in Teraco, a provider of carrier neutral datacentre services in Sub-Saharan Africa. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Computing – In Brief

Acer South Africa has announced that it appointed PartServe Channel Support as its carry-in warranty service centre. PartServe now carries out all repairs to Acer equipment, regardless of whether it is in or out of warranty. Acer Country Service Manager Dave Malherbe says PartServe is highly regarded in the warranty arena and also has a large footprint with carry-in centres in all major centres across South Africa including Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

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.

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