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Ijebu-Ife School to Play Key Part in World’s Biggest Grassroots Online Education Conference

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100 Schools to Share Expertise and Practices Online

The Christ Anglican Primary School in Ijebu-Ife is to play a vital role in what is billed as the ‘world’s biggest education conference’.

The school, noted for its commitment to enhancing employability, entrepreneurship and life skills, is to be part of a showcase of 100 schools which will gather online to share expertise and best practices in the inaugural World Education Week, from 5-9th October, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Quality Education (SDG 4)

The hundred schools have been hand-picked for their expertise across a range of educational themes, such as enhancing employability and life-skills; deepening family and community engagement; the use of technology; a focus on wellbeing; and promoting the science of learning and teaching. Each will share their wisdom to an online audience expected to reach 100,000 worldwide. The ambition driving World Education Week is to accelerate progress to achieve UN SDG 4, a commitment designed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.

Centred on the theme of ‘Learning Today’, each school will host a virtual event to demonstrate how to bring change, based on their own experiences. The Christ Anglican Primary School will talk about its programmes on skill acquisition and financial literacy for students and their parents.

The Christ Anglican principal, Alhaji Ogunlaja Sefiu Adewale, said:

“The pupils and teachers of Christ Anglican are thrilled to be selected to host a showcase event during World Education Week, which will allow schools all over the world to learn and innovate together, improving education from the grass-roots up. With our focus on arts education we are proud to be a founding showcase school of such an ambitious project, and are looking forward to our event.”

The ground-breaking event is led by Vikas Pota, a globally-respected leader and driving force in the education, international development, philanthropy and technology sectors. In launching the event, Mr Pota said:

“I congratulate the Christ Anglican Primary School for being selected to take part in our Global Showcase for World Education Week. By sharing the ways in which this school has developed its particular expertise, we hope others will feel inspired to undertake the same journey to excellence.”

“I am incredibly inspired by the schools that applied to take part in this year’s World Education Week. Their commitment to improving the life chances of their learners by nurturing expertise and wanting to share their experience with others, especially in these challenging times, says a lot about the education community. They are our heroes and World Education Week provides us all an opportunity not just to learn from them, but to celebrate their successes, too.”

The conference has won the backing of Andreas Schleicher, the Director for Education at the OECD, who said:

“What’s exciting about World Education Week is the idea of schools around the world sharing their expertise with their peers. After a turbulent period in global education, this is a great way of building back better.”

The project was also welcomed by Jaime Saavedra, the Global Director for Education at the World Bank:

“The sheer scale of educators around the globe combining to share expertise, excellence and wisdom in accelerating learning is hugely impressive. If all educators learn from the best educators of their countries and of the world we would make immense progress in ensuring inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.”

World Education Week is an effort by thirty civil society organisations coming together after the record breaking T4 conference on 30th May that was attended by over 100,000 teachers.

The event will be hosted from the World Education Week website, with registration opening from September 1st.

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JACOBS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OPENS OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO STUDY IN GERMANY

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Oxford International Education Group and Jacobs University are offering international students the opportunity to study for an undergraduate degree at one of Germany’s top universities with their new Jacobs University International College today announcing it is to welcome its first group of international students in September 2021.

Germany has become a destination of choice for international students. Nearly 400,000 international students enrolled in German higher education institutions in 2019, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.4% and an increase of 60% over the past decade. International students currently represent 13.8% of the total number of students studying in Germany.

Among the first pathway providers to establish an international college with a German institution, Oxford International Education Group’s one-year, tailored preparatory programme will equip international students to succeed in their degree studies. The course will deepen their English language skills, prepare them for the multifaceted academic world, and offer an on-campus living experience. During the COVID pandemic, students at Jacobs University have been offered blended learning.

After completing the foundation course, students progress onto their undergraduate course of choice at Jacobs University. Ranked among the Top 300 best universities worldwide, and having the most international outlook in Germany according to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, with an international student population of 80%, Jacobs University teaches entirely in English and offers a wide variety of subjects to study; including International Business, Management, Computer Sciences, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering and Robotics.

With Germany facing a skilled workforce shortage, attracting the most talented migrants via education has become a key priority. Favourable immigration rules through the post-study work option offers international students significant potential to pursue a career in Germany, with some 70% currently opting to stay in Germany and work once they have completed their studies.

Jacobs University is working hard to expand access to international students. Once they complete the one-year foundation course and start their undergraduate studies at Jacobs University, they are eligible to receive a tuition deferral which offers to cover up to 100% of their tuition fees.

Oxford International Education Group also works with agents in the student’s home countries to assist them with their visa applications.

Lil Bremermann-Richard, Oxford International Education Group CEO, said:

“The life-enhancing experience of international study is one of the many things the coronavirus pandemic has taken from many students in 2020. But in this new year, I hope we will see the world open up once more and we hope to help students from all over the world enrich their futures by studying at one of Germany’s leading universities.

“Oxford International Education Group has delivered some of the most successful student experiences through our existing university partnerships. We are excited to become the first pathway provider to establish an international college with a German university, where our deep expertise in providing comprehensive and tailored tuition will support students as they pursue their studies in Germany.

“We are looking forward to working with Jacob’s University to unlock the potential and opportunities that a German higher education can offer international students.”

Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, President of Jacobs University, said:

“Jacobs University International College is an important milestone in our mission and commitment towards opening more chances for international students for an excellent education. In a dynamical and connected world, we are convinced that JUIC will empower our social and educational impact and help students to discover and achieve their full potential.”

Oxford International Education Group already has a strong track record of partnerships with four UK universities: Bangor University, De Montfort University, the University of Dundee and the University of Greenwich. 90% of students complete their pathway programmes and progress onto the undergraduate degree course of their choice.

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UK New Variant COVID-19, B117 Discovers in Nigeria

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The Federal Government has said the new type of COVID-19, B117 variant strain that was first reported in the United Kingdom has been discovered in Nigeria.

Boss Mustapha, the Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed this on Monday.

He said four cases of COVID-19 B117 variant strain was recorded.

Mustapha said; “over the last few weeks, the PTF had been closely following the rising number of infections reported daily in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions.

“Similarly, our scientists have been sequencing the variants of the virus.

“There have been reports of cases with the B117 variant strain first reported in the UK, found in Nigeria. Three of these were in travelers out of Nigeria and one in a resident”.

Boss Mustapha puts Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases as at January 24, 2020 at 121,566 with total tests of 1,270,523.

He said active cases were 22,834, representing 19.4 percent. The total number of discharged patients were 97,228 while deaths stood at 1,504.

“Also, over seven days ending Jan. 23, the statistics showed that tests conducted were 58,974 while cases recorded were 11,179, with a positivity of 19.0 per cent.

“62 deaths were recorded, with case fatality ratio of 0.6 per cent; active cases stood at 23,568 at 19.4 per cent.

“All these numbers represent increases from the previous seven days and we are looking at taking further public health containment measures in local government areas that are considered high burden,” he explained.

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COVID-19: FG To Build 38 Oxygen Plants As Demand For Medical Oxygen Rises

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COVID-19: FG To Build 38 Oxygen Plants As Demand For Medical Oxygen Rises

Following the approval of over 16 million dollars by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government says it will build 38 oxygen plants across the country.

This project is meant to address the surge in demand for oxygen as a result of the daily rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

In the National Economic Council meeting held on Wednesday, the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said that the construction of a new oxygen plant was necessary due to the continuous increase in numbers of COVID-19 patients in need of oxygen.

In a statement, the FG said it had allotted an additional $671,000 for repairs of existing oxygen generation facilities in five hospitals.

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi,_ “a large number of patients who are currently on admission in the isolation centers are largely dependent on oxygen. A patient with a critical case may use about six cylinders of oxygen in 24 hours”_ Abayomi explains.

In the commercial capital Lagos, the epicenter of Nigeria’s outbreak, demand for oxygen at one of its main hospitals had increased fivefold in recent weeks to 350 6-liter cylinders a day according to the state government.

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