Monthly Archives: August 2018

NetDragon habilite l’industrie de l’éducation en Afrique avec une technologie de pointe

ABUJA, Nigeria, 17 août 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Une délégation de dix membres comprenant l’équipe de direction de NetDragon Websoft Inc. (NetDragon), dirigée par le fondateur et président, Liu Dejian, et composée également de concepteurs de produits et d’ingénieurs techniques, s’est rendue, du 13 au 18 août 2018, au Nigéria et au Kenya. La délégation a organisé plusieurs événements au cours desquels elle a étudié l’environnement éducatif local et offert des opportunités d’échange aux éducateurs locaux afin de tirer parti des technologies Internet de pointe de NetDragon pour soutenir le développement d’un secteur et d’un écosystème éducatif intelligents dans les deux pays.

Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with NetDragon founder and chairman Liu Dejian

Les participants de l’événement comprenaient Yemi Osinbajo, vice-président nigérian, Anthony Gozie Onwuka, ministre d’État à l’Éducation, et Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, ministre des Communications, Joe Wakaba Mucheru, secrétaire du cabinet du ministère kenyan des TIC, Amina Chawahir Mohamed, la secrétaire du cabinet du ministère de l’Éducation, en plus du vice-président et directeur exécutif de NetDragon, le Dr Leung Lim Kin Simon, le directeur exécutif, Zheng Hui, et le président-directeur général, le Dr Xiong Li. Au cours de la visite, le président Liu a été nommé ambassadeur nigérian des ODD (objectifs de développement durable) et NetDragon et le gouvernement nigérian ont lancé conjointement l’Initiative de l’éducation numérique en Afrique (IDEA).

De hauts responsables du gouvernement nigérian se sont rendus en Chine avant la visite de la société au Nigéria. Au cours de la visite, les responsables avaient signé un protocole d’entente avec NetDragon, à la suite de la présentation et de la démonstration de produits et de solutions pédagogiques développés par leur filiale de formation Elernity. Les détails du protocole d’entente comprenaient des solutions pour fournir des éléments fondamentaux de l’éducation numérique combinant les technologies RV, RA et IA. En conséquence, les deux parties prennent maintenant des mesures pour mettre en œuvre le protocole d’entente, quatre mois seulement après sa signature, avec l’annonce du partenariat. L’introduction conjointe d’IDEA avec le gouvernement nigérian signifie la première étape majeure.

M. Liu a déclaré que : « le défi des ressources éducatives déséquilibrées auquel le monde est confronté se reflète dans l’investissement dans le matériel et l’allocation des ressources non financières. Le concept IDEA, développé conjointement par NetDragon et le gouvernement nigérian, vise à aider les étudiants de toute l’Afrique à bénéficier de la sagesse d’une société Internet chinoise tout en offrant à davantage d’enfants une éducation améliorée par la technologie. »

En tant qu’élément clé d’IDEA, NetDragon construira une plateforme nationale de services éducatifs, une plateforme de réseau national pour la communauté enseignante, une plateforme nationale de formation aux talents numériques et un futur centre national d’expérience dans l’éducation. Tous ces programmes visent à aider le Nigéria à créer un système de service d’éducation de haute qualité. Les efforts porteront sur l’éducation primaire, permanente et future.

Le PDG de NetDragon, Xiong Li, a indiqué que les nouvelles plateformes et le nouveau centre « favoriseraient un équilibre éducatif en intégrant les années d’expérience de la société en éducation et innovation, les technologies Internet supérieures et un modèle d’enseignement écologique ouvert avec des ressources pédagogiques personnalisées ». Il a ajouté que : « NetDragon adhère aux objectifs de développement durable et de développement des Nations Unies afin de promouvoir une éducation de qualité et inclusive et un apprentissage tout au long de la vie pour tous. »

En plus de soutenir le système de services éducatifs du Nigeria, NetDragon a également signé un accord de collaboration avec le gouvernement nigérian pour construire des salles de classe intelligentes après la cérémonie d’ouverture, le 14 août, du projet de classe intelligente junior N-Power (N-Power Junior Smart Classroom) au Nigeria. Dans le cadre de ses efforts visant à fournir au Nigéria un accès à ses plateformes et ressources éducatives ainsi qu’à un de ses produits clés, Edmodo, NetDragon prévoit de faire un don au projet de construction de classes intelligentes à Abuja, la capitale du Nigeria.

Le projet de classe intelligente junior N-Power, géré par le bureau national d’investissement social du Nigeria, vise à améliorer les connaissances et compétences scientifiques des élèves des écoles primaires et secondaires dans les domaines de la programmation, de l’infographie et de la conception assistée par ordinateur, d’applications dans la robotique ainsi que l’ingénierie réseau et fondamentale. La classe intelligente offerte par NetDragon sera équipée des écrans interactifs Promethean, de 101 tablettes et de casques RV ainsi que d’autres composants d’une solution de classe intelligente intégrée.

Après la visite au Nigéria, la délégation est arrivée à la deuxième étape de sa visite en Afrique, le Kenya, où l’entreprise signera un protocole d’entente avec le gouvernement kenyan afin de s’engager dans un effort de collaboration visant à améliorer le système éducatif du pays. Le protocole d’entente marque une étape importante dans l’expansion de NetDragon sur le marché de l’éducation en Afrique.

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Transforming lives and businesses through digital innovation

When opportunity knocks, some build a shop around it

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With an MBA in Strategy, Innovation and Emerging Markets from the ESSEC School of Business in Paris, Candace Nkoth Bisseck is an advocate for moving back to Africa to invest her experience in the upliftment of her community.

“Ten years ago, I was in an abusive relationship and decided the only way out was to return to school, change my life and gain financial independence,” says Nkoth. “In 2014 I moved back home to Cameroon from France to run an e-commerce website that gives local merchants a digital platform to sell their products beyond their hometown.”

Nkoth is passionate about leveraging digital innovation to give people access to better economic opportunities. “My team and I had to assist many of our vendors to open an email account and set up their online store on Kaymu.” By 2015, Kaymu (which would go on to become Jumia Market) was one of the most popular online shopping destinations in Cameroon, and as the country manager, Nkoth found herself spending more and more of her time engaging with companies, universities and associations who were looking to learn from her expertise and personal journey.

“Gradually, I realised that what I really wanted to do was mentor people who were interested in using technology as an enabler for improving lives, businesses and communities.”

That same year, she was named #1 on the Forbes Afrique Top 30 under 30 List, and more recently, in 2018 she was selected for the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme.

“Many women want to know how they can make a real difference in the quality of other’s lives,” she says. “I put a lot of focus on mentoring women and encouraging them. I sometimes suffer from imposter syndrome where I don’t believe I am good enough. This is where my relationship with the Obama Foundation is making a huge difference. There are 200 people who hold you accountable and help you move forward when you are paralysed with self-doubt. It is an incredibly positive experience.”

In 2017, Nkoth moved on from the Jumia Group to join the Western African arm of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Seed Transformation Programme, which focuses on empowering business owners in emerging economies using innovation.

beverley.bradley@mslgroup.com
Laura Lucas Magnuson llucasmagnuson@obama.org

NetDragon powers the education industry in Africa with leading technology

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A ten-member delegation including NetDragon Websoft Inc. (NetDragon)’s management team led by founder and chairman Liu Dejian, product designers and technical engineers, visited Nigeria and Kenya from August 13 to August 18, 2018. The delegation hosted several events during which they investigated the local education environment and provided exchange opportunities for local educators in a move to leverage NetDragon’s cutting-edge internet technologies to support the development of a smart education industry & ecosystem in the two countries.

Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with NetDragon founder and chairman Liu Dejian (PRNewsfoto/NetDragon)

The events were attended by Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of State for Education Anthony Gozie Onwuka and Minister of Communications Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, as well as Cabinet Secretary  for the Ministry of ICT of Kenya, Joe Wakaba Mucheru and Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Education Amina Chawahir Mohamed, in addition to NetDragon Vice Chairman and Executive Director Dr. Leung Lim Kin Simon, Executive Director Zheng Hui, and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Xiong Li. During the visit, Chairman Liu was named as Nigerian SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Ambassador , NetDragon and the Nigerian government jointly launched the Initiative of Digital Education in Africa (IDEA).

Prior to the company’s Nigerian visit, senior government officials from Nigeria had been to China. During the tour, officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NetDragon, following their introduction and demonstration of educational products and solutions developed by their education subsidiary, Elernity. Details of the MoU included solutions to provide core elements of digital education combining VR, AR, and AI technologies. As a result, both parties are now taking action to implement the MoU, just four months after its signing; with the announcement of the partnership with the joint introduction of IDEA with the Nigerian government signifies the major first step.

Mr. Liu said “the challenge of unbalanced education resources facing the world is reflected in the investment in hardware and the allocation of soft resources. The IDEA concept, jointly developed by NetDragon and the Nigerian government, aims to help students across Africa benefit from the wisdom of a Chinese internet company while providing technology-enhanced education to more children.”

As a key part of IDEA, NetDragon will build a national public service platform of educational resources, a national network platform for the teaching community, a national digital talent training platform and a national future education experience center, all aimed at helping Nigeria create a high-quality education service system. The efforts will focus on primary, lifelong and future education.

NetDragon CEO Xiong Li indicated that the new platforms and center “would promote an educational balance by integrating the company’s years of experience in education and innovation, superior internet technologies and an open ecological teaching model with customized educational resources”. He went on to add, “NetDragon adheres to the United Nation’s Sustainability and Development Goals, to promote e inclusive, quality education and lifelong learning for all.”

In addition to supporting Nigeria’s education service system , NetDragon also signed a collaborative agreement with the Nigerian government to build smart classrooms, preceded by the opening ceremony of the N-Power Junior Smart Classroom Project held in Nigeria on August 14. As part of its efforts in providing Nigeria with access to its education platforms and resources as well as one of its key products, Edmodo, NetDragon plans to make a donation to the smart classroom building project in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

The N-Power Junior Smart Classroom Project, managed by Nigeria’s National Social Investment Office, is committed to improving local primary and secondary school students’ scientific knowledge and skills in the disciplines of programming, computer graphics and computer-aided design, applications in robotics as well as network and fundamental engineering. The smart classroom donated by NetDragon is to be equipped with Promethean’s interactive displays, 101 PADs and VR headsets, and other components of an integrated intelligent classroom solution.

Following the visit to Nigeria, the delegation arrived at the second stop of their African tour, Kenya, where the company will sign an MoU with the Kenyan government to engage in a collaborative effort to improve the country’s educational system. The MoU marks a milestone in NetDragon’s expansion into the African education market.

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Where the wild things learn

Coding, engineering, robotics and tech – the essential skills children need to thrive in the modern world

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In 2015, a young software engineer named Faten Ghriss went to the U.S. on an exchange programme and left as a young entrepreneur. She was inspired to build something that would affect real change in her home country of Tunisia when she saw the stark difference in education standards and accessibility between Tunisia and the USA.  Ghriss started Young Tunisian Coders Academy and her passion prompted recognition by the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme.

Ghriss explains: “Tunisia is still behind when it comes to education and access to educational tools. In many cases, we only start teaching children about computers when they’re 16 years old and this is too late. I believe that it is essential that we show them how important technology is to their futures, today. It is a powerful tool will provide them with career opportunities and help us solve challenges in our country.”

Young Tunisian Coders Academy teaches children about coding and technology through interactive and engaging courses and training programmes. It aims to take away the fears and negative perceptions that many children in Tunisia have around technology and coding, instead igniting their interest in a positive and engaging environment.

“The Academy directly addresses this issue by providing coding camps for kids which we have taken across Tunisia,” says Ghriss. “We use Scratch, an interactive coding tool that teaches the basics and logics of coding. We have also developed private classes that provide us with the income we need to develop classes for children in areas that cannot afford these classes.”

Young Tunisian Coders Academy has been running for nearly two years and the recognition from the Obama Foundation is pivotal to its growth and expansion. It is an opportunity for Ghriss to learn from her peers and take her business to new levels and into new markets.

“The Obama Foundation helps us to maintain our initiative and is filled with people who support us through networking and partnerships,” concludes Ghriss. “With this level of support and engagement, we believe that anything is possible, that we can take Young Tunisian Coders Academy to even more children in even more areas that need this level of education.”

beverley.bradley@mslgroup.com Laura Lucas Magnuson llucasmagnuson@obama.org

Bombardier Continues African Market Penetration with Pre-Owned Q400

  • PassionAir becomes first Bombardier operator in Ghana with three Q400 aircraft

MONTREAL, Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.DDBC0480_Q400_PassionAir_10X8

“Bombardier has sold about 3,500 new regional aircraft to date, and we continue to be very active on the used aircraft market.” said David Speirs, Vice President, Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our recent momentum on the pre-owned aircraft market worldwide is a clear indication that our products are addressing a growing need for regional air transportation, especially in emerging markets.”

“Our market penetration in Africa continues to intensify, and we are pleased to welcome Passion Air as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Africa is the youngest and fastest growing region in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will play a key role in helping advancing Africa’s economic growth.”

The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.

“This is a first step, and we look forward to expanding our fleet with more Bombardier aircraft,” said Edward Annan, Chief Executive Officer, PassionAir. “The Q400 offers the performance and flexibility that we need to further develop our network. With a range that unlocks great opportunities for us, we are confident that we will capitalize on a larger market, which extends to 12 countries and over 180 million potential passengers out of Accra.”

About PassionAir
PassionAir is a Ghanaian owned airline, and aims to become the most competitive Aviation Service Provider in Ghana and West Africa. Our focus is on safety and excellent customer service delivery, depicting the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality. Our product lines range from scheduled to chartered flights offered at internationally accepted standards and competitive prices.

PassionAir as start off, will operate flights domestically, with plans of expanding our services to the West African sub-region in the medium term.

About Bombardier
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

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