EduClick Africa launches job seeking platform: EduClick Careers

The Leadership of EduClick Careers: the product of EduClick Africa is proud to announce to the general public, the launching of its new solution for job seekers available.The recent years backed by conflicts and most recently the sanitation crisis have widened the in access rate to jobs amongst graduates, job seekers and young people in general. Accessing decent jobs, growing in the company of their choice, creating sustainable businesses and accessing scholarship opportunities in real time has remained very challenging.It is in this light that the EduClick Careers project was born to enable young people boost their academic and professional career. EduClick Careers is a search engine, which searches the web and updates the platform with opportunities (jobs, scholarships and public exams announcements) for which Cameroonians are eligible. It also offers online consultancy in building company standards curriculum vitae, cover letters and interview tips.About EduClick: EduClick is EdTech organisation with headquarters in Yaounde which develops alternative learning methods for those who can't access formal education and leverages all aspects of technological advancements to improve on our career experiences.For more information visit: https://educlickcareers.com/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.+237 656 196 113
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MathsGee creates South Africa’s First Dedicated Educational Search Engine

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It is no secret that the pandemic has caused immense damage to the education sector. The lockdowns that have been enforced all over the globe have widened the education access and quality gap. The pandemic has afforded schools, districts, provinces and countries of means an opportunity to accelerate their digital transformation across their value chains. Unfortunately, this is not true for the majority of learners in both the developed and developing countries. Many have been left behind reversing the gains made in the last decade with respect to enrolment and other important education metrics.Since the onset of the pandemic there have been calls for the quick implementation of digital solutions to facilitate remote learning. Interventions have spanned from student success and experience platforms to online admissions and enrolment infrastructure.Two key technological advancements have lowered the bar for new entrants into the online learning arena. Firstly, learning management systems are now a commodity and anyone can install a system like Moodle in under five minutes. Secondly, the interoperability of edtech solutions has made it possible to integrate seemingly disparate systems into functional ecosystems. These two advancements mean that technology is not the biggest barrier to online learning. In the emerging markets, affordable data and access to broadband have been the biggest obstacles to attaining the promise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) especially in response to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.South Africa, like many other nations pro-actively negotiated with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country to zero-rate educational and health websites and applications. The MNOs obliged and the country’s programme represents the world’s biggest intervention of this kind ever. Kudos to the South African government and corporate sector for this success.In as much as this intervention has gone a long way in alleviating the broadband access and data affordability challenges for learners, the supporters of net-neutrality were not amused, as this practice gave an unfair advantage to the beneficiaries of this programme. This article will not dwell much on the net-neutrality argument, it is too complex to dissect as a retrofitted component of this article.Although I am a supporter of net-neutrality, I believe that during a storm, tough decisions have to be made to keep the ship afloat thus I think that the decision to zero-rate education and health websites for continuity of teaching and learning was rational.Education and health organizations had to apply for zero rating via the Departments of Health, Basic Education and Higher Education and Training. The right to grant access to the programme was reserved for these government departments.It is almost a year since the programme was rolled out thus it is necessary for all stakeholders to evaluate whether the intervention has meaningfully contributed to better short-term outputs. Metrics per beneficiary site like number of online learners, number of sessions per user, average session duration, bounce rate, academic performance can be used as proxies of learner engagement for the purpose of evaluating the impact of the zero-rating programme.A key problem with the South African zero-rating intervention was the lack of sufficient information dissemination for parents, learners and teachers to know which sites were zero-rated. This problem was coupled with the lack of ring-fencing of the zero-rated websites to guarantee learners access to data-free education.MathsGee, a South African edtech company saw this gap and came up with MathsGee ZeroEd, a custom search engine dedicated to South African zero-rated education websites and applications. We tailored the search experience to ensure that any results that a user gets is from a zero-rated South African entity. For validation and verification, all the search results on MathsGee ZeroEd are based on the websites and applications that have been submitted for Zero-Rating to the Department of Health (DOH); Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Another requirement for inclusion into the MathsGee ZeroEd database was for the site or app to be public and indexable by major search engines like Yandex, Bing and Google.Inspired by other socially responsible custom search engines like Ecosia, MathsGee ZeroEd has pledged to plough back 60% of all its revenue from the ads displayed on the MathsGee website. The money is going to be used to buy data for learners that need the assistance the most. MathsGee aims to bridge the technology access gap by maximizing the digital inclusion impact per dollar possible and to buy 1G data for 100 000 learners by January 2023, contributing to a world where every child has a shot in the new economy. This is in line with the organization’s belief that, “Everyone deserves access to quality educational content and infrastructure”. MathsGee QnA: https://mathsgee.comMathsGee Education Resources: https://mathsgee.com/learnMathsGee Education Search Engine: https://mathsgee.com/zeroed
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Zeraki makes learning free and fun to All

Our innovation is a learning APP created to assist learners in Kenya to continue engaging in learning no matter the time, place or the distance the learners are from their learning institutions. This helps learners to keep learning even during this corona-virus pandemic era and post pandemic era since Zeraki has made learning free and fun for all !!Our main focus is on how best the learner can keep improving in their education even in the absence of a physical class and a physical teacher. We have therefore created a class‐like environment in the APP whereby the learner is able to log in create their own account and keep track of their learning path as they continue with their class activities, assignments and obtain progress reports therein.Zeraki is an online learning platform with the unique characteristic of offline learning, with support for local/native languages integration as well as the involvement of local teachers in teaching the students. Hence allowing for a well close‐knit intimate teacher/student class interaction. For our innovation to be a success we first, look for and identify very qualified and experienced teachers for the specific subjects that we are required to teach in the Kenyan Syllabus. So far we have managed to develop lessons in Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geography. Note more emphasis on our content has been placed on STEM. After identifying the teacher that we would like to work with we bring them in and allow them to conduct the lesson in front of our cameras. We then document the lesson, review it to all content creators’ satisfaction, then upload it to the APP. Lastly, it is worth noting that our model's uniqueness is in the fact that schools can generate timetables for their virtual learning requirements as witnessed during the COVID‐era where school heads would see to it that when a teacher is absent our innovative learning APP came in handy and helped them to keep learning even in absence of a teacher in the class as planned.
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Snapplify and publishing partners unite to provide free content for learners during COVID-19 school closures

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Snapplify and publishing partners unite to provide free content for learners during COVID-19 school closures

As learners and parents enter a new term, many will engage with educators and continue the school year remotely for the first time – a potentially difficult transition. Although working together now means being apart for a short time, it is important to ensure that life and routines go on as best they can, especially when it comes to education. Snapplify has a long history of supporting educational institutions as they transition towards 4IR classrooms. Today, Snapplify have announced a new initiative to help learners as they embark upon their remote learning journey.

The new programme launched by the edtech industry leader is called Free Access – a programme to provide short term access to digital ebooks, e-textbooks and other resources for learners at no cost. The broad selection of digital content covers educational resources for the CAPS curriculum, including e-textbooks, readers, teacher guides and study guides, as well as interactive products like the Zoom In series.

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African Crowd-Sourced Learning Platform Challenges Norms

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MathsGee STEM Community, a South African based, crowd-sourced learning platform has surpassed its 2020 target of 10 000 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) questions and answers milestone. It has seen a surge in usage during the COVID-19 school closures.

In his quest to provide Just-In-Time maths and science support to learners who otherwise would not have anyone to assist them outside school hours, Edzai Zvobwo, a Zimbabwean-born mathematician created the crowd-sourced MathsGee STEM Community forum. The platform has proven to be a great solution to address the limitations of the traditional learning systems in South Africa.

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Every Child Deserves Support Whilst Studying at Home

Every child deserves to be given adequate support whilst studying at home.

The government-led lockdown as a response to the corona virus, COVID-19, has seen schools and universities jostling for e-learning solutions to cater for their locked-down learners.

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