EDVES: Nigerian Teachers just got Tech-ier

LOSING RECORDS WAS ONE SITUATION THAT BOTH STUDENTS AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS DREADED. YOU DARED NOT GO BACK TO YOUR SCHOOL 20 YEARS LATER TO LOOK FOR YOUR MISSING CERTIFICATE. EDVES HAS ARRIVED TO MAKE SURE HISTORY DOES NOT REPEAT ITSELF.

 https://edves.net/#

https://edves.net/#

I could get personal with this. I remember my mum screaming "keep your certificate safe" over and again to me while I was processing my admission into the university some years back. Years later I totally understood her cries were for my good because losing your certificate or statement of result was like the end of the road for people. It could take forever to get back any of those lost documents. I also recollect manipulating some figures on my report sheet to escape some form of punishment at home. These and more a lot of us got away with because we were so into processing things manually.

Edves is an indigenous company that has designed the easiest and secure web tool platform that encompasses all school management needs. This platform addresses specific challenges with capturing data, paperwork, stress, giving speed to teaching and learning activities, working effectively with it to improve every area of school operations. Its scalable innovations are fully customized to meet individual school’s specification.

Built by Dimeji Falana and his team, it has been discovered to be an easy yet powerful school management platform for any educational Institution. Regardless of any curriculum, you need a platform that can increase enrollments, retain existing students, track student & teachers performance, and help streamline academic and administration work.

The most interesting part is that parents can be a part of their child(ren)'s academic state. They do not have to visit the school or wait until the end of the term to see how much progress the child(ren) is making.

According to Dimeji Falana, CEO EDVES "We have inbuilt SMS platform in the Edves Portal, so Schools use this feature to communicate with parents especially to send the Continuous Assessment Results of their wards to them. This has increased the speed of communicating student grading and performance to parents without physical meetup. Parents are also happy to receive the result on their phones to track the academic improvement of their wards."

 Courtesy: https://blog.edves.net

Courtesy: https://blog.edves.net

Dimeji Falana, CEO EDVES

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Falana is a software developer with a 9-year experience in the software industry. As a graduate of Computer Science, University of Ilorin, he has previously led various teams to build and deploy over 100 projects such as Websites, Mobile Apps, Cloud and Desktop Applications for Banks, Schools, Businesses, Hotels, States and Federal Government in Nigeria. He was a former instructor at the AITI MIT Summer Program. His team recently secured a World Bank sponsored Grant through GEM Project, supervised by Federal Min. of Trade & Investment.

He loves track events and holds 14sec 100 meter record in the Faculty of Communication and Information, the University of Ilorin in 2010.

If it must be said, education in Nigeria is trailing far behind the tech train and a lot of us wonder if it will ever catch up. What Edves, a Nigerian platform built for Nigerians by Nigerians, is doing is a worthy cause. This is their effort to making sure our teachers stand up and join the future today. It is enough that the future of this country is being tutored by teachers who do not know as much as typing on a computer keyboard. Government educational institution should take advantage of this platform and help make Nigeria a part of the 4th industrial revolution.

For more information visit EDVES.

 

Girl Coding

ABISOYE AJAYI-AKINFOLARIN IS TEACHING UNDERPRIVILEGED GIRLS TO CODE

Achieving gender justice is a matter of basic rights and also a key means of addressing poverty. An empowered girl will become an empowered woman, an empowered woman builds an empowered family, and an empowered family builds a powerful nation.

The overall percentage of women working in tech has decreased since the ’90s, a lot of us have joined the media and communications industry and the rest are slay queens in the fashion industry, but any small thing they would be shouting women empowerment but are leaving a large part of the brain work in technology which is coding to the men. Remember how we would sing in primary school "Parents listen to your children, we are the future of tomorrow"? Well in case this new bill the Federal government passed that states (paraphrasing) -no one is to young to run for government; Mrs Ajayi-Akinfolarin under her platform, Pearl Africa Foundation, is making sure young girls in orphanage homes have a shot at controlling the future by teaching them coding. 

With just four instructors, Abisoye and three friends from the tech industry who volunteer, over 100 girls (aged 10 -17)  have signed up to learn skills such as programming, user interface design and animation. After their training is concluded, the girls are placed on internships with I.T firms and paired with female tech mentors to guide them.

Abisoye's vision for the future is to add around 20,000 female programmers into the Nigerian tech eco-system by the year 2020 – and we are totally rooting for her. Launched in 2015 following Abisoye's visit to Makoko, the aim of the initiative is to get underprivileged girls from slums, orphanages and correctional homes into the male-dominated world of technology. Read all about her foundation here.

Her platform concurrently runs three other projects- EmpoweredHands, GC Mentors, GirlsInSTEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). 

 

 

I can be your hero baby

AN AFRICAN START UP HAS BIRTHED THE DREAM OF CHANGING THE NORMS OF THE AFRICAN CHILD BY HELPING TO CREATE INDIGENOUS SUPER HEROES THAT WILL INSPIRE THEM TO BE BETTER AND SOCIETAL CONSCIOUS.

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Courtesy: Giphy

Everyone knows Batman, Superman, and Voltron and most sometimes dreamt of being like them in their growing years. But Batman does not live in Africa, neither does Superman enjoy 80 percent of sunlight in a year. Voltron has no idea of what it means to have an African mom. This unknowingly was a gap to be filled that many were oblivious of. So, Jide Martin, a comic lover came up with an idea to create Super heroes from indigenous characters and names and called it Comic Republic

Comic Republic Global Network is a Nigerian comic character franchise that produces digital comic books to tell more compelling stories of Africa and her rich culture.

Jide Martin, CEO, Comic Republic said "I grew up consuming loads of comics and realised that we're in a society where the generation coming are not very big on listening to their parents or religion. I thought of what could I do to change this growing pattern I had a flashback of my growing years. I reminisced what did I when I needed to make tough decisions as a boy. I ask myself "What would Superman or Batman do? Superman would stand for what is right and Batman would be strong against all odds." So, I asked "Why don't I use comics to instill the right mindset in the present and even the next generation?" The same impact it had on me would still be the same impact I would like to share with the world.

Of course, I'm Nigerian and we already have western super heroes and I needed to reach people who are here in Nigeria and Africa in general. So, I thought "Why not use our culture and our people and portray them as heroes so that they can inspire and show the world in general what Africa can be?"

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Jide added that "Comic republic has seen massive downloads even beyond the shores of Africa. Most downloads come from the US at about 40 percent. 30 percent from Nigeria, 20 percent from the UK and the rest of the world shares the other percentage left."

Akintoba Kalejaiye, Content Creator Manager, Comic Republic mentioned that "All of our comics are digital because it is very easy to access them digitally. As a result of this, people who do not initially buy comic books find it easy to download and read."

They pursue the dream of making the society a better place by creating more African Super heroes and making the younger generation better citizens one comic story at a time.

To view the comics please visit http://thecomicrepublic.com/

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