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Education and technology convergence on the rise


by Trust Matsilele 0

Africa is seeing increasing convergence trends between technology, education and healthcare sectors. PHOTO: In Contact

Convergence in the continent will see the continent making strides on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Microsoft, Philips, Intel, Safaricom and Mitsumi are some of the leading technology companies at the forefront of shaping the continent’s education and healthcare sectors.

Nigeria is one of the sub-Saharan Africa countries that have embraced technological use to leverage challenges in the educational sector.

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Godswill Obioma, the executive secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) was recently quoted in the media saying the country’s proposed e-curriculum was meant to address the issue of failure in examinations.

“The e-curriculum is a web-based, curriculum delivery solution for learners, teachers, education managers and other stakeholders,” Obioma said.

The NERDC said poor performance in the last Senior School Examinations was partly as a result of inadequate learning and teaching adding that the e-curriculum would enable students to learn at home through the internet.

“The objective of this public private partnership is to harness the potential of the private sector in tackling the challenges of access, education standards and quality,” Obioma said.

In Southern Africa, a Dutch diversified technology company, Philips has also been investing in Africa’s healthcare sector through training programmes using innovative means.

The Philips Learning Connection runs an online healthcare education experience of over 1,500 courses and activities to help enhance operational efficiency and quality of care.

The technology company recently launched an innovation hub in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, in South Africa.

The partnership allows the simulation of real life situations which are crucial to the training of future healthcare practitioners.

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Meanwhile, similar trends are being experienced in East Africa with leading IT giant companies Microsoft, Intel, Safaricom and Mitsumi, having partnered with 3,400 private schools in Kenya, to provide affordable gadgets and learning solutions.

The partnership, aims to ensure that all private schools have the provision for cheaper laptops and relevant digital curriculum for learners before the end of this year is part of the Microsoft 4Afrika Youth Device Program that launched in 2013.

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The programme aims to provide scholarships, fellowships, and internships to thousands of African youth.

Microsoft aims to explore the initiative as a way to accelerate growth, entrepreneurship, skills and access for Africa and for Africans, so Africa can own its potential and grow its influence on the global stage.