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29 - 04 - 2019

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Another new school session begins today and before you get the mixed feelings that come with this season, we have NEWS! It is never easy calculating new school fees, especially with school rates increasing by the day. However, you can plan ahead for your child's next school bills by taking the African Alliance Children Education Plan. Whether you plan to have a child or you already have one, you can plan for them to have quality education by planning smart and early. You are training global treasures and should give them the education that meets these standards. Finding the right school for your child can be hard, paying the fees to attend that school should never be a problem, if you choose the Children Education Plan.

Winner of the US$25,000 Next Billion Edtech Prize, Ubongo, says the prize will help it to reach children on the continent who live in remote areas without electricity. Founded in 2013, the enterprise provides educational content for children on localised platforms. For children in rural areas where there is very little to no electricity, Ubongo says it is considering but not limited to utilising Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and SMS services. With over 11 million families watching on broadcast television and over 32 million minutes of watch time monthly on YouTube, the edtech is looking to adapt its content into Hausa, Kikuyu and Twi next year.

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) in partnership with United Kingdom Government has launched the Household Solar Round 2 competition. Worth £16 million, the fund - a mix of interest-free loans, repayable grants and technical assistance to the private sector - will accelerate access to solar home systems in rural Ethiopia, Somalia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. Learn more and apply here before May 31.

Here's how much data costs across Africa at a glance. 

Impact Hub Harare, in partnership with Impact Hub Geneva and the United Nations Development Programme, has launched its Accelerate2030 program to support ventures that contribute towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Find out if your venture is a good fit and apply here. 

In partnership with ENYO Retail and Supply, CcHUB’s Bosun Tijani has launched STEMCafe, a Kids Creativity Play Space in Lagos. Targeted at kids and teenagers aged 5 -18, the Cafe aims to help children and teenagers experience STEM in a fun and interactive way, with an annual membership of Five Thousand Naira Only (5000.00 Naira only). In this article, we explore the costs of securing Africa's future through STEM education.

The health tech sector in Nigeria is 15 years old. In this time, US$7.88 million has been sunk into the sector in funding to date, with the earliest funding received in 2014. There's more in The State of Health Tech in Nigeria. Get the full report here. We understand that there may have been unsuccessful attempts by interested parties to buy the report and will like to know what the challenges are. Send a reply to this email and we will attend to it. Kindly note that we are also accepting bank transfers for purchase of the reports. If you'd like to purchase the report through a bank transfer, also send a reply to this mail and we will attend to your request.
Francophone telecom, Orange, has launched its first digital center in Tunisia. The Orange Digital Centre houses four programmes: the coding school; a digital production workshop, FabLab Solidaire; a startup accelerator, Orange Fab and the Orange Digital Ventures Africa, a €50-million investment fund for financing innovative startups in Africa and the Middle East. By the end of this year, the company says it plans to have set up similar centres in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone.

During yesterday's unopposed parliamentary elections in Benin, apps including WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, and Instagram were blocked while virtual private networks including Tunnelbear, Hola, and PureVPN, usually used to circumvent online censorship, were also inaccessible. Human rights organisation, Amnesty International has called it 'a blunt attack on freedom of expression' citing the wave of arbitrary arrests of political activists and journalists ahead of the polls. Benin joins a list of African states whose governments continue to limit or block online access ahead of key polls and amidst political tension.

Endeavor South Africa has announced it will partner with The CEO Circle to scale 10 high-impact black-owned firms into enterprises with a value in excess of R500-million (US$35 million) within five years. The initiative will leverage the procurement, financial and mentorship muscle of The CEO Circle, while Endeavor will oversee the process of identifying and selecting candidates from the applications received. Learn more about the programme and how to apply here.

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See you tomorrow.   - Kay
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