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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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Africa’s Richest Man, Aliko Dangote Ready to Sell Refinery to Nigerian Government

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Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest entrepreneur, has announced his willingness to sell his multibillion-dollar oil refinery to Nigeria’s state-owned energy company, NNPC Limited.

This decision comes amid a growing dispute with key partners and regulatory authorities.

The $19 billion refinery, which began operations last year, is a significant development for Nigeria, aiming to reduce the country’s reliance on imported fuel.

However, challenges in sourcing crude and ongoing disputes have hindered its full potential.

Dangote expressed frustration over allegations of monopolistic practices, stating that these accusations are unfounded.

“If they want to label me a monopolist, I am ready to let NNPC take over. It’s in the best interest of the country,” he said in a recent interview.

The refinery has faced difficulties with supply agreements, particularly with international crude producers demanding high premiums.

NNPC, initially a supportive partner, has delivered only a fraction of the crude needed since last year. This has forced Dangote to seek alternative suppliers from countries like Brazil and the US.

Despite the challenges, Dangote remains committed to contributing to Nigeria’s economy. “I’ve always believed in investing at home.

This refinery can resolve our fuel crisis,” he stated, urging other wealthy Nigerians to invest domestically rather than abroad.

Recently, the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority accused Dangote’s refinery of producing substandard diesel.

In response, Dangote invited regulators and lawmakers to verify the quality of his products, which he claims surpass imported alternatives in purity.

Amidst these challenges, Dangote has halted plans to enter Nigeria’s steel industry, citing concerns over monopoly accusations.

“We need to focus on what’s best for the economy,” he explained, emphasizing the importance of fair competition and innovation.

As Nigeria navigates these complex issues, the potential sale of Dangote’s refinery to NNPC could reshape the nation’s energy landscape and secure its energy independence.

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Dangote Shelves Steel Project to Prevent Monopoly Allegations

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Aliko Dangote, chairman of Dangote Industries Limited, announced the company’s decision to halt plans to enter Nigeria’s steel industry.

The decision comes just two months after the conglomerate had initially unveiled its intentions to invest in the sector as part of efforts to expand the economy.

Addressing journalists at his refinery in Lagos, Dangote explained that the board’s decision was driven by concerns over potential accusations of creating a monopoly.

“We have decided against pursuing the steel business to avoid being labeled a monopoly,” Dangote stated.

He explained that the company’s operations focus on adding value by transforming local raw materials into finished products.

The industrialist dismissed claims that his group enjoys monopolistic advantages, pointing out that their business practices have always fostered a competitive environment.

“When we entered the cement market, Lafarge was the only player, yet no one accused them of being a monopoly,” he stated.

Dangote further encouraged other Nigerian investors to explore opportunities in the steel industry, suggesting that there are ample resources and space for new entrants.

“There are many Nigerians with the financial capacity to invest. They should seize this opportunity to contribute to our nation’s growth,” he urged.

The billionaire’s call to action extended to Nigerians living abroad, inviting them to invest in their homeland.

“Bring your resources back from Dubai and other parts of the world and invest in Nigeria,” he said, reinforcing his commitment to seeing the country’s economy thrive through diverse contributions.

This decision marks a strategic shift for Dangote Industries, focusing on dispelling monopoly myths and promoting a collaborative business landscape.

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Goya Foods Takes Legal Action to Assert ‘Goya Olive Oil’ Trademark Ownership

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“Goya Olive Oil” trademark in Nigeria, Goya Foods Incorporated has initiated legal proceedings against the Registrar of Trademarks under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The case, numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/883/2023, was brought before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Goya Foods, a prominent producer and distributor of foods and beverages across the United States, Spanish-speaking countries, and Nigeria, seeks to enforce a longstanding consent judgment issued by the court in December 2006.

The judgment directed the Registrar to rectify the Trademarks Register to reflect Goya Foods Incorporated as the rightful owner of the “Goya Olive Oil” trademark, without any further formalities.

The lawsuit, exclusively revealed to sources, underscores Goya Foods’ determination to safeguard its intellectual property against alleged infringements.

According to court documents, Goya Foods obtained the consent judgment against Chikason Industries Limited, which was accused of marketing “Goya Olive Oil” in Nigeria, thus infringing on Goya Foods’ registered trademark.

Legal counsel for Goya Foods, Ade Adedeji, SAN, emphasized the necessity of rectifying the Trademarks Register to protect their trademark interests effectively.

Despite appeals to the Registrar, the requested rectification has not been implemented, prompting Goya Foods to escalate the matter through legal channels.

The case has been adjourned to September 27, 2024, for further proceedings, highlighting the complexity and significance of trademark disputes in the global marketplace.

Goya Foods remains committed to upholding its brand integrity and securing its proprietary interests amidst the evolving landscape of international trademark law.

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