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- As part of the Intel World Ahead Programme, the company announced its collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (MOESS) and the Ministry of Communication (MOC) for the Ghanaian launch of its localised digital education content platform – www.skoool.com.gh. The interactive teaching platform provides advanced learning and teaching technologies to students and educators alike.

- Makerere university in Uganda is one of the three universities in Africa that have scooped a grant given by HP to teach mobile computing courses. Each of the faculties of ICT in the three universities will receive $100,000 (about sh170.1m). The other universities are University of the Free State in South Africa and Jos-Jos University in Nigeria.

- Plans are ongoing to install the first government-owned school computer centre powered by solar energy in Sierra Leone. Estimated total capital cost of the project is between $60,000 and $70,000. They also plan to extend Wi-Fi capability so that students and teachers who already have their own laptops can access the Internet without going to the computer centre.

- Tunisian Higher education, scientific research and technology minister Lazhar Bououni received a delegation from Microsoft led by Mr. Ali Faramaoui, Microsoft executive vice-president for Middle East and North Africa.The talks examined means to boost co-operation relations and partnership in the scientific research field between Tunisia and Microsoft.

- Researchers at the Meraka Institute have released a spelling game in all 11 official South African languages. The game, OpenSpell, can also be localised for additional languages. Open Spell will soon be available on rural kiosks throughout South Africa thanks to the Digital Doorway project.

- South Africa’s KnowledgeTree document management team signs deal with US-based BitRock to manage subscription services. Using BitRock’s network services, KnowledgeTree users will be able to keep their existing installations up to date with ease.

- South Korea's Eximbank will fund in Angola the construction of a higher institute of information technology applied in industries, a project which is estimated will cost USD 50 million.