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CcHUB and Mastercard Foundation celebrate transformative impact: unveiling 12 EdTech innovators’ success at Demo Day

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CcHUB and Mastercard Foundation celebrate transformative impact: unveiling 12 EdTech innovators' success at Demo Day

In a jubilant culmination of the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship, Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB Nigeria) joined hands with the Mastercard Foundation to host a spectacular Demo Day at the Podium Event Centre in Lekki, Lagos. This event marked the triumphant conclusion of the 2023 cohort’s six-month journey, showcasing the groundbreaking achievements of 12 innovative Nigerian EdTech start-ups.

### A Journey of Innovation and Acceleration

The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship, unveiled in February 2023, initiated a rigorous selection process resulting in the handpicked 12 EdTech companies. These companies, driven by visionary founders, embarked on a transformative six-month accelerator program. This comprehensive program provided indispensable guidance on diverse fronts, including the science of learning, investment, product development, financial management, and communication strategy.

The Demo Day served as the grand stage for these EdTech companies to unveil their products, sharing the strides taken over the intensive acceleration period with potential investors and customers. Throughout this journey, the 12 Fellows collectively impacted an impressive 312,000 learners, a testament to the potency and scalability of their EdTech solutions.

The trailblazing 2023 cohort

The 2023 cohort of CcHUB Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship stands as a beacon of innovation, addressing various facets of educational challenges. Let’s delve into the diverse solutions offered by each of the 12 Fellows:

1. EduTAMS:A multi-tenant cloud-based school management system focusing on API-based connectivity and interoperability for basic and tertiary schools.

2. 9ijakids: An online platform creating captivating learning experiences for children using educational games.

3. Gradely: An empowering solution providing parents and schools with tools for personalized learning through interactive videos, practice tests, and live tutoring.

4. Money Africa: A platform offering financial literacy education for both adults and children through digital content, advisory services, and an online community.

5. NKENNE: An African language learning app with a cultural focus for Africans across the continent and in the diaspora.

6. Davtonlearn: A SaaS learning management system designed for corporate organizations to onboard and train staff in alignment with corporate objectives.

7. **Qataloog:** An online curator of curriculum-relevant content for learners across various levels and disciplines in K-12, tertiary, and TVET education.

8. SabiTeach: An online learning platform connecting learners with qualified teachers for private sessions, also offering tutoring services for children with special needs.

9. Schoolinka: A digital platform enhancing the quality of education by upskilling teachers and accelerating top teaching talent.

10. Gotocourse: An EdTech solution providing a comprehensive virtual school platform for creators and students to connect and learn.

11. Kunda Kids Ltd: An EdTech App offering African-inspired stories and language learning content for children.

12. Schoola: A learning platform for K-12 schools offering gamification and tools for fun, engaging, and interactive lesson preparation.

 A boost for growth

As a testament to the success of their endeavors, each EdTech company received $100,000 in funding, contributing to the growth and scaling of their businesses. Importantly, these innovators will continue to receive post-acceleration advisory support from CcHUB over the next 12 months.

A vision for the future

The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship is aligned with the broader goal of the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning. This initiative aims to foster the growth of an impactful African EdTech ecosystem, catalyzing innovation and advancing promising practices in technology-driven learning and teaching across the continent.

As the 2023 cohort basks in the glow of their achievements, the call for entries for the next cohort of the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program is open. This ongoing partnership between CcHUb and the Foundation is set to usher in another cohort of 12 start-ups in 2024, further contributing to the evolution and enhancement of the African EdTech landscape.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.

 

 

The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

 

 

 

Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.

 

 

Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.

 

 

 

In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.

 

 

 

He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.

 

 

Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

 

A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.

 

The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.

 

Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.

 

In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members

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The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.

 

 

The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).

 

 

Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

 

 

Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.

 

 

He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.

 

 

 

Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.

 

 

Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.

 

 

Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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