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Technology initiative aims to bridge Africa’s digital divide – The Maravi Post

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   ·       Seventh edition of digital literacy program to reach all 54 African countries
·       New mobile app and coding challenge to kickstart youth innovation
·       Virtual teacher training model to help scale online learning across the continent

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 6, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Africa’s biggest digital skills initiative, SAP Africa Code Week (ACW), officially launched yesterday with a strong focus on virtual learning as the continent struggles to recover after COVID-19 disruption. The launch coincided with World Teacher’s Day, which focuses this year on “teachers at the heart of education recovery”.

Speaking at a virtual event to mark both World Teacher’s Day and the start of SAP Africa Code Week, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Dr Tawfik Jelassi, said that the pandemic has had a devastating effect, not only on the world’s health system and economy, but also on education and the teaching profession. Research shows that African children at primary-school level have been most impacted by the pandemic, while a UNICEF study estimated that many African schoolchildren are at least a year behind. “Teachers are at the heart of global education recovery efforts and are key in accelerating progress towards inclusive, equitable and quality education for every learner in every circumstance,” Jelassi said. 

In light of COVID and the need for virtual learning, Jelassi highlighted the importance of digital skills for Africa’s youth. “Understanding information technology, computational thinking, and problem-solving are all fundamental information literacy skills. Everyone should have access to information and be able to obtain the necessary competencies to turn information into knowledge and knowledge into practical value which enhances their lives and well-being,” he said.

The necessity of digital fluency

Since its inception in 2015, Africa Code Week has empowered more than nine million youth and provides free opportunities for students and teachers to learn much-needed technology skills. Last year the format of the program shifted entirely to the exciting world of virtual, making it even more accessible to youth across the continent. 

A key highlight for ACW this year is the AfriCANCodeChallenge, a coding competition for students aged 8 to 16 to create a game that solves a community-issue using the Scratch programming language. The theme for this year is “Change the world with your superpowers”. Last year the competition drew entries from 1,800 participants from 40 African countries, with the top three winners from Ethiopia, South Africa and Algeria – all three of whom are girls.

Speaking at the virtual launch, Honorable Albert Nsengiyumva, Executive Secretary of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and ACW patron, said that coding offers new ways for young people to find solutions, although he acknowledged that infrastructure on the continent remains a challenge. “Coding is a language which young people need to be fluent in,” he said. “It gives our children computational skills and the ability to creatively solve problems.”

Encouraging teachers and girls to embrace technology

As part of ACW, a host of Train-the-Trainer virtual sessions are aimed at empowering teachers with critical digital teaching skills. Training opportunities also encompass a Women Empowerment Program which seeks to teach, mentor, and inspire African women and girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Although Africa has the world’s highest population of young people according to the UN, less than 25% of African higher education students are in STEM fields and female students in particular are critically underrepresented.

Speaking of the need to educate educators, Claudio Muruzabal, SAP Regional President of EMEA South, said, “Education has an unbelievably powerful multiplier effect for a positive future. The more we can do to create opportunities for young people to embrace digital literacy, the more we contribute relevantly towards creating a better future for them, for their families, and for their communities.”

Smart switch to mobile technology

With over 650 million smartphone users in Africa, a major innovation of last year’s ACW was the introduction of a smartphone app. “While we are immensely proud of this and the fact that millions of learners and teachers are being exposed to the endless possibilities the tech world offers, we are also excited to be sparking conversations about access to quality education for all and addressing the gender and special-needs barriers for Africa’s youth,” said Claire Gillissen-Duval, head of SAP Corporate Social Responsibility for EMEA and Africa Code Week founder. 

The driving force behind ACW is to empower young people and help them to become digitally literate and enable Africa to leapfrog into the 21st century. “This could only be possible through the collaborative relationships between the public, private and non-profit sectors that are at the heart of ACW,” said Michelle Winthrop, Policy Unit Director at Irish Aid, which together with SAP and UNESCO, is one of the program’s main sponsors.

Despite the restrictions imposed by COVID, last year’s initiative successfully reached 1.5 million youth, of which nearly half (48%) were girls. Over 10,500 workshops were held across 43 countries and 21,000 teachers participated in Train-the-Trainer sessions.

The live workshop season of Africa Code Week 2021 officially commenced on World Teacher’s Day, 5 October, and is now open to more than 54 pan-African countries. For more information about Africa Code Week or to get involved, visit www.africacodeweek.org

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Who Was Valentina Gioia ? Dies In Road Accident What Happened To Her? Wiki Biography Bio Age

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Valentina Gioia, a television executive who worked on the popular show Married at First Sight, has reportedly passed away. Sources claim that she was crossing the road when she got hit by a truck. NSW ambulance service also confirmed the death of Valentina. They confirmed that Gioia died at the scene. Ever since the death news surfaced online, netizens started to talk about her. People have been mourning her unexpected death and her name has started to trend on the internet. Here’s what we know about this horrifying accident that took an innocent woman’s life.

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As per reports, Valentina Gioia was involved in a fatal road accident. It took place on October 12, 2021, around 10:30 AM. The location where the car crash happened is the Madison Street and Flood Street intersection in Leichhardt in South Wales. The witness who was present at the time of the accident told The Daily Telegraph about how did it even happen. They said that Valentina was crossing the road with her headphones in and was allegedly looking at her phone. She was completely unaware of the moving truck coming in her direction as she was focused on her phone.

The witness further stated that the driver who was reportedly driving the truck was aged 43 and seemed to be in deep shock after the accident occurred. The witness added that he was not injured but he was still taken to the nearby hospital so that the mandatory alcohol and drug test on him can be performed. Besides, after the road accident, paramedics and the ambulance arrived immediately to take Valentina to the hospital. However, it was stated that she has already passed away before they could take her to the hospital and that she had gotten a severe wound on her head.

Valentina Gioia cause of death was the wound she got on her head after the accident. She was just 43 at the time of her death and belonged to Italy. It was reported that Valentina had moved to Australia with her family and there she took up the job as a TV Executive for Endemol Shine. It helped Valentina work for programmes which included Married at First Sight and Lego Masters. She had married Anthony Tripodi and sadly that couple couldn’t celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary that was due in 2021. She is survived by her husband and her adorable two sons named Alessio, aged 7, and Luca, aged 9.

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Central Region Football Association faults referees on abandoned Wimbe, Dynamos game – The Maravi Post

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By Edwin Mbewe

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Central Region Football Association (CRFA) have resolved that the game which was abandoned at Kasungu Stadium on Sunday the October 10, ,2021 between Wimbe United and Dedza Dynamos FC be replayed at the same venue.

According to the communication which the association has made through it’s general Secretary Bernard Chiwiriwiri Harawa,after evaluating the reports from the officiating team and the match coordinators.

This publication understands that the officiating team led by Lulaka lacked patience when handling the havoc which had erupted at the playing venue hence the postponement of the game.

The referee did not tell the captains of the two teams about his decision of ending the match as he just walked out of the pitch and later declared the postponement of the game in the written report.

However the red card which was given to Wimbe United player Justine Honde who was alleged to assault the center referee Lulaka,will stand.

The Association also resolved that the game be replayed at the same venue Kasungu Stadium because there were no reports regarding supporters/fans of being violent.

The whole scenario which led to the abandonment of the game according to the match coordinator report, was that, in the 61st minute of the game,Wimbe United was attacking Dedza Dynamos FC in the process the ball from a shot taken by Wimbe United was deflected out of the penalty area by Dynamos defender hand, the referee awarded a corner kick to Wimbe which they protested for a penalty but their appeal was turned down.

The coordinator indicated that,it was very clear that the hand of Dedza Dynamos defender changed the course of the goal-bound shot.

Justine Honde player for Wimbe hit the referee in protest and he was red carded but refused to go out of the pitch hence the play stopped. Lulaka summoned the two captains to discuss but to no avail.

The replay will be on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Dedza Dynamos are leading the six teams log table in the CRFA Chipiku Premier Division Play-Offs with 16 points from 7 games seconded by Extreme FC with 15 points from 8 games.

Meanwhile CRFA is yet to comment on what happened to Green Rangers to fail honouring their fixture at Salima Community ground against Airborne Rangers at this crucial stage of the league. Airborne Rangers were awarded three points and two goals.

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SPM vs RL Live Score Dream11 Prediction Lineup Basketball Champions League SC Prometey vs Ludwigsburg

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The Basketball Champions League is all set to introduce one more outstanding match of the league. This year, the league is coming with back-to-back matches and showing amazing skills to rival players. Many fans have been watching this match for the last few years and now, they are coming back with another match today.

SPM vs RL Live Score

Mostly, every team of the league has played one match in this league, and now, team SC Prometey (SPM) and team RIESEN Ludwigsburg (RL) are going to play their 2nd match in this league. It will be interesting to watch this fabulous match and not only this but, many more matches will take place tonight under the same league.

SPM vs RL Live Score

You can watch many more matches of the league, as team Pinar Karsiyaka-Stal Ostrow, team Igokea-Galatasaray, and team Hapoel J-M and Manresa will also play tonight with each other. You can also watch these matches and all these matches will take place in different arenas and all the teams and their player because they will show some amazing skills and strategies in the match.

Well, let’s focus on our main match and many fans are waiting to watch this match because of both teams’ hype. In this article, we are going to share some important details of the match.

SPM vs RL: Match Details

  • Team Names:- SC Prometey (SPM) vs RIESEN Ludwigsburg (RL)
  • League:- Basketball Champions League 2021-22
  • Venue:- SC Prometey, Ukraine
  • Date:- Wednesday, October 13, 2021
  • Time:- 09:30 PM IST

SPM vs RL: Team Squad

SC Prometey (SPM):- D Angelo Harrison, D.J. Stephens, Miro Bilan, Sean Evans, D.J. Kennedy, Oleksandr Lypovyy, Denys Lukashov, Viacheslav Petrov, Illya Sidorw, and Olexandr Belikov.

RIESEN Ludwigsburg (RL):- Justin Simon, Jonah Radebaugh, Tremmell Darden, Jordan Hulls, Jacob Patrick, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann, Yorman Polas, Lukas Herzog, Rawle Alkins, Jonathan Baehre, and David Walker.

SPM vs RL: Lineups Players

SC Prometey (SPM):- Illya Sidorov, D.J. Stephens, D.J. Kennedy, D’Angelo Harrison, and Sean Evans.

RIESEN Ludwigsburg (RL):- Oleksandr Lypovyy, Viacheslav Petrov, Miro Bilan, Denys Lukashov, and Olexandr Belikov.

SPM vs RL: Match Prediction

Now, the match is going to be more amazing after both teams will play their 2nd match but which team has more chances to win this match. It is not easy to predict. So, let’s analyzed their previous matches.

Both teams are standing in Group A and team RL is standing in 1st spot with 2 points and they won their first match. On the other side, team SPM is standing on the 3rd spot where they lost their first match. As per the experts advice, team SPM has more chances to win this match against team RL.



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