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HP launches Digitally Advanced Schools programme in Africa, Middle East

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HP Inc. launched its new, comprehensive, digital teaching and learning programme, HP Digitally Advanced Schools, in key markets in Africa and the Middle East.

The initiative brings together the complete education ecosystem by integrating three components: devices, solutions and capabilities, all under the HP brand.

Blending hardware and advanced pedagogy technologies into school curriculums, the programme ensures an impactful, immersive teaching and learning experience for both students and faculty members, the need for which has been accelerated by the pandemic.

The HP Digitally Advanced Schools programme consists of:

Intel-powered HP Notebooks: This includes using a range of HP’s specially designed Education Edition products, such as the HP ProBook x360 11 G7 notebook, to ensure high-performance services for an uninterrupted learning experience that will increase student engagements and enable personalised learning ·

HP Classeasy: A gamified learning management system, powered by Classera, that is designed to reinvent learning by inspiration, personalisation and engagement. Essentially, the platform re-creates classroom activities that were conducted in a brick-and-mortar school into a bytes and pixel environment. This includes integrating around 25 different modules into one learning solution; creating a virtual classroom using video conferencing tools such as Microsoft teams; and adding a layer of gamification to the platform to increase engagement, motivate and inspire learners and accelerate adoption of the tool.

HP School Coach: Powered by Mirai, this programme aims to improve school performance and student outcomes through high-impact digital teaching and learning, school governance and literacy attainment. The three functions of the programme are:

  • Digital Pedagogy Coach: Helps to create a digital transformation strategy that is unique to each school by conducting a self and external assessment framework. It will therefore identify the digital direction for each school and will determine the need for development workshops based on gap analysis for teachers and school leaders
  • School Improvement Coach: Puts the regulatory framework of the country into software to be able to track and monitor the performance of the school, based on insights, efficiency and transparency. This is especially important as school improvement and effective governance is essential to raising performance standards. It is a solution to the challenge of creating sustainable year-on-year improvement within schools and the education system in a cost-effective manner
  • Literacy Attainment Coach: Literacy is considered a significant contributor to the development of students and schools. This service works on a country’s literacy index and aims to radically improve the literacy reading levels and attainment through artificial intelligence, targeted intervention and professional learning

Mayank Dhingra, Senior Education Business Lead, Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, HP Inc., said, “Our education solutions are bold, articulate and compelling. The launch of the HP Digitally Advanced Schools programme demonstrates HP’s commitment to supporting educators and students, by bringing together technology, expertise and solutions.

“It is no surprise that the education system has been disrupted by the pandemic. As a result, educators need to be agile and quickly adapt to the new reality, to ensure students’ learning stays on track. The launch of the HP Digitally Advanced Schools programme highlights the role technology and IT play in keeping students learning from wherever they are, now and into the future,” he continued.

The new programme is a part of HP’s commitment to extending HP’s education reach and enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people globally by 2025. In addition to this new solution, HP has been introducing series of educational initiatives such as the Classroom of the Future, HP Innovation Garage, HP IDEA and HP LIFE that aim to utilise transformative technology for immersive learning.

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NCDMB and NEXIM Sign $30 Million Agreement to Support Oil and Gas Services Firms

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The Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) yesterday signed a $30 million agreement on working capital and capacity building fund to support oil and gas services firms.

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB and Managing Director, NEXIM Bank, Abba Bello, signed the funding agreement at the Abuja office of the Nigerian content monitoring agency.

Wabote said the Oil Producers Trade Section, Independent Petroleum Producers Group and Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria had raised concerns over funding challenges confronting oil services firms, as this had made most of the companies to consider downsizing their staff.

He said, “The OPTS and IPPG had at some point raised before the NCDMB the inability of most indigenous contractors to provide services to them due to challenges of funding.

“This was especially when we got struck by the COVID-19 pandemic. I recall receiving several letters particularly from IPPG trying to see how we can support this.”

He added, “I also recall receiving similar letters from PETAN when the COVID-19 struck and most of their members had nothing to do anymore.

“This is because companies were shut down and their members were threatening on how to downsize and take Nigerians off their payrolls.

“Based on this, we then set up a committee to say how do we support these firms with the provision of working capital.”

Wabote noted the roll-out date for the fund would be July 1, 2021 and that the fund size of $30m would be boosted by matching funds of the same amount to be provided by NEXIM in naira (to be converted at prevailing official exchange rate).

“The scheme shall cover loans for working capital support and capacity building, oil service contracts, invoice discounting including acquisition of low-end equipment to service short-term contracts/service obligations,” he stated.

He said the target market comprised Nigerian oil service providers which belonged to a professional association in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and commercially viable with a business relationship with either an international oil company or a major Nigerian oil firm.

“Maximum amount that can be borrowed by a single obligor is $1m or its naira equivalent at the official exchange rate prevailing at the time of borrowing,” Wabote said.

He added, “Tenor shall be up to 12 months for working capital loans and up to three years for capacity building loans with moratorium of up to 12 months.

“The applicable interest rate shall be five per cent per annum all-in for dollar-denominated loans and eight per cent all-in per annum for naira-denominated loans and the rate shall be fixed throughout the tenor of the loan.”

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LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Appoints Mr. Timothy Olorunsogo Gbadeyan as Company’s Secretary

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LivingTrust Mortgage bank has appointed Mr. Timothy Olorunsogo Gbadeyan as company secretary/head of legal services.

The bank disclosed in a statement signed by Ikechukwu Omuku, the Finance Officer/Head, Investor Relations, LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc.

The statement reads “We wish to notify The Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public of the appointment Mr. Timothy Olorunsogo Gbadeyan as Company Secretary/Head, Legal Services of LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc.

“Mr. Gbadeyan is a consummate corporate attorney with experiential background in deals advisory, real estate finance, facioring, general commercial transactions, corporate governance, company secretarial services and regulatory compliance. Until his appointment, he was the Head of Legal Services of Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank Plc.”

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Farmforte, Others Signs MoU To Strengthen and Sustain Growth in Agricultural Sector

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Farmforte Limited has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with the Agricultural Fresh Produce Growers and Exporters Association of Nigeria; HYBR, a pan-African innovation firm; and ALTS, a consulting and strategy development firm.

The firm said in a statement on Sunday that the partnership would strengthen common interest cooperation and stimulate inclusive and sustainable growth within the agricultural sector, by capitalising on the synergy and comparative advantage offered by each organisation.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Farmforte Co-Chief Executive Officer, Osazuwa Osayi, said, “Our mid to long-term strategic goals are further reaffirmed, as this partnership will facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and expertise across the agricultural sector.

“We will collectively address initiatives and approaches concerning agricultural investments, food security, and the overall robustness of the value chain.”

He said the collaboration would also unlock the full potential of the sector and place it on a renewed path for success, especially within a post-pandemic economy.

The President of AFGEAN, Tajuddeen Dantata, said, “By creating dialogue and fostering investment in the horticulture sector, this partnership will endeavor to support Farmforte in its exporting efforts by improving operational efficacy and cost-savings, while ultimately driving socio-economic growth in the country.”

The Chief Executive Officer, HYBR, Charles Ojei, said to drive inclusion, sustainability, job creation, and Nigeria’s overall economic growth, the optimisation of the agriculture value chain was critical.

“This collaboration is a fusion of the complementary capabilities of all partners to move a bigger agenda forward.”

The Managing Partner, ALTS, Akintunde Sawyerr, said, “The goal of this partnership is to support Farmforte’s vision of becoming the largest agribusiness by 2035 via scalable and world-class innovation across its enterprise.”

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