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Nkuzi Stem Shines a Light on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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Nkuzi Stem Initiative

In a world driven by technological advancements, ensuring inclusivity and diverse perspectives within STEM fields is no longer optional, it’s essential. Recognizing this critical need, the Grundfos Foundation and Rector Cares Foundation joined forces to launch the groundbreaking “Nkuzi Stem” initiative, meaning “Learn” in Igbo.

More than just a program, Nkuzi Stem serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring young minds, particularly girls aged 15-20 from diverse backgrounds. This innovative education initiative aims to bridge the gap in tech diversity, paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future. Through Nkuzi Stem, students embark on a fascinating journey into the world of STEM, equipped with the support, mentorship, and resources they need to thrive.

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A core objective of Nkuzi Stem is to dismantle the notion that gender limits potential in technology and computer science. Through workshops, seminars, and hands-on experiences, the initiative empowers young talents, regardless of gender, to excel in the STEM field. By providing coding boot camps, scholarships, and networking opportunities, Nkuzi Stem is poised to revolutionise STEM education in Nigeria.

Last year’s launch at the Federal Government Girls College, Lejja Enugu, marked the beginning of a transformative journey for the students. As pioneers of Nkuzi Stem, they gain access to a wealth of programs and resources designed to nurture their passion for STEM.

At the recent International Day of Women and Girls in Science event, Onyedikachi Erete, founder of Rector Cares Foundation, passionately emphasised the importance of diversity in technology. “Diversity isn’t just about fairness, it’s about unlocking the full potential of the tech industry. Nkuzi Stem recognises this, nurturing a generation of innovators who will bring fresh perspectives and drive progress for all,” he stated. “Seeing beyond limitations, Nkuzi Stem dismantles the walls of exclusion in tech. Our goal is to empower diverse talents and cultivate a tech landscape that truly reflects the richness of our communities.”

Nkuzi Stem aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5, aiming for gender equality. The initiative serves as a model for similar programs worldwide, fostering a global movement for girls in STEM.

Nkuzi Stem transcends simply offering opportunities; it reshapes the future of the tech industry by fostering diversity and inclusion. By unlocking the potential of a new generation of female innovators, the initiative promises to bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the world of technology, ultimately benefiting society at large.

As we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let us applaud initiatives like Nkuzi Stem that are paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable future in STEM. Together, let us continue to support and empower girls and women in their journey towards excellence in science and technology.

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Huawei 2024 ‘Seed for Future’ Programme Kicks off in Kenyan Tertiary Institutions

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Huawei Kenya has rolled out its “Seed for Future” program for the year 2024 in collaboration with leading universities and TVET institutions in Kenya. The initiative, which is Huawei’s globally-recognized Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) flagship program, aims to cultivate talent and foster innovation in the field of ICT to ensure a sustainable future for technological advancement through training.

The training sessions are designed to bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world industry demands, equipping students with the expertise needed to thrive in the digital age.

Universities and colleges earmarked to benefit from this year’s Huawei “Seed for Future” program Include University of Nairobi, United States International University (USIU), Strathmore University, Kenyatta University, Moi University, Egerton University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Mount Kenya University, Catholic University of East Africa, Technical University of Kenya, Muranga University, Kabete National Polytechnic, Nairobi Technical Training Institute, and Nyandarua Technical Training Institute.

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Commenting on the program, Huawei Kenya Media Director, Public Affairs and Communication Department Ms. Khadija Mohammed Ahmed said the Seed for Future” program seeks to develop local talent, share knowledge, increase ICT sector awareness & enthusiasm, & foster digital community building.

“We are thrilled to kick off the 2024 ‘Seed for Future’ program, which represents Huawei’s unwavering commitment to nurturing the next generation of ICT professionals. By collaborating with these top universities and colleges, we aim to empower Kenyan students with the necessary tools and insights to drive innovation and shape the future of technology,” Ms. Ahmed said.

Now in its 10th year in Kenya, the Seeds for the Future program seeks to rope-in at least 1000 participants.

The registration exercise for this year’s program will run until April 30th, 2024. To register, the participating student will need a resume, a transcript that proofs academic records, a cover letter and/or a 3-minute personal video which reflects objective to participate for learning, which should be done through the Registration Link

This year’s program offers students the chance to undergo a one-week digital training course in South Africa, as well as additional training opportunities.

In addition to the South Africa trip, selected students will have a one-week training on Huawei certification courses and another one-week local training in Nairobi and an opportunity to engage in global competition termed as the ‘Tech4Good Competition, international learning and cultural exchange.

In 2023, more than 2600 students from 102 countries participated in the program.

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LG Electronics’ IFTAR Initiative Brings Joy to Many

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LG Electronics, a global leader in technology and innovation, has once again demonstrated its commitment to making a positive impact on communities by organizing a grand IFTAR feast during the holy month of Ramadan. With a steadfast commitment to community support and giving back, LG Electronics served delicious meals to hundreds of people in need.

LG Electronics recognizes the significance of solidarity and compassion during this special time of year. The IFTAR feast, which took place in 2 major Mosques in Magodo Shangisha and Naiwarudeen Society of Nigeria, Oshodi, Lagos State, saw delicious meals being served to hundreds of individuals, bringing joy and unity to all who attended.

Ramadan is a time of reflection, spirituality, and compassion. It is a month when Muslims around the world fast from dawn till dusk and break their fasts with IFTAR meals. However, many individuals and families struggle to afford a proper meal during this sacred month. LG Electronics aimed to make a difference by organizing an IFTAR feast that brought the community together and provided nourishment to those in need.

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Commenting on the initiative, the Managing Director, LG Electronics West Africa, Mr. Hyoung Sub Ji, stated, “We are delighted to be able to extend our support to the community during this auspicious month. Ramadan is a time for giving, and we feel privileged to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others. We hope that the IFTAR feast brought joy and comfort to those who needed it most.”

“LG Electronics remains dedicated to our “Life’s Good” initiative that contributes to the well-being and happiness of society. By harnessing the power of technology and innovation, we strive to uplift communities and foster an environment of inclusivity and kindness”. Mr. Sub Ji added

Expressing gratitude to the management of LG Electronics, the President/Amir, of Islamic Education, and Faith Initiative (IEFI), Alhaji Olaide Osikoya of the Magodo Mosque said “We are immensely grateful for the generous gesture extended by the management of LG during this critical period. As the leader of the mosque, I am deeply moved by the support shown through this IFTAR initiative. The impact of this kindness is profound not just for me, but for all those benefiting from it. Such acts of compassion truly strengthen the bonds within our community and serve as a beacon of hope and unity. We thank the LG wholeheartedly for their benevolence, and may this spirit of giving continue to inspire others to make a difference in the lives of those in need.”

In the same vein, the Amir of Naiwarudeen Society of Nigeria, Oshodi, Alhaji Alaran Muhibdeen said, “LG’s thoughtful gesture during this sacred time has surely resonated with Allah by acknowledging those who fast to meet their needs. This act of kindness will not go unnoticed and will be rewarded abundantly. We express our heartfelt gratitude to you and your organization for this compassionate action.”

The IFTAR feast hosted by LG Electronics exemplified the company’s core values of empathy, inclusivity, and social responsibility. Through initiatives like this, LG aims to contribute to the well-being of communities worldwide, spreading joy and making a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need.

LG Electronics’ dedication to social responsibility serves as a prevailing reminder that businesses can play a pivotal role in driving societal change and fostering sustainable growth. By prioritizing community connections and making a difference, LG Electronics is exemplifying how corporate leadership transcends profits to create a better world for all.

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Fawry Launches “Kheirak Wasel Fawry” Campaign To Support Good Deeds Charity In Ramadan

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Fawry, renowned for its innovative banking technology and electronic payment services, launched an impressive campaign called “Kheirak Wasel Fawry” This campaign aimed to support charitable endeavors and spread kindness throughout the community.

Accompanied by the enchanting melodies of the musical band Massar Egbari, the campaign’s theme song, titled “خيرك سابق…خيرك واصل” captivated listeners with its memorable lyrics. The song beautifully reflected the genuine Egyptian identity, showcasing individuals who genuinely cared about doing good deeds in their everyday lives, whether through their words or actions.

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What made this campaign truly special was its focus on the essence of humanity and the enduring spirit of the Egyptian people, not just during Ramadan but throughout the entire year. The song’s lyrics were carefully crafted to inspire acts of kindness, reminding people that the true essence of goodness lies within them. It encouraged individuals to express their generosity in various forms, by extending a helping hand to others, speaking kind words, or simply sharing a warm smile.

Fawry has organized interactive activities in several shopping malls such as City Center Almaza, Arkan Plaza, Tivoli Plaza, and Park Street, in order to be present near the donors in these locations. This is done through its distinctive booth that contains interactive donation screens supported by 3D technology, which allows visitors to donate easily to some charitable institutions such as Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation, Bahia Hospital, and Al-Nas Hospital throughout the month of Ramadan. Donations can be made using any bank card, helping in the recovery of patients and bringing joy and smiles to Egyptian families.

Fawry, being the preferred choice of the Egyptian community, played a pivotal role in facilitating acts of kindness across all segments of society. With their user-friendly solutions and services, Fawry made it possible for people to donate to over 250 charitable institutions and associations. Among these notable organizations were Hayah Kareema Foundation, Tahya Misr Fund, 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital, the Misr El Kheir Foundation, Bahia Hospital, Dar Al Orman, Mersal, and Al-Nas Hospital.

Donations could be conveniently made through the myfawry application or via Fawry’s widespread network of Point of Sale (POS) machines throughout Egypt.

This heartwarming campaign served as a beacon of hope, reminding everyone of the power of small acts of kindness and the profound impact they can have on individuals and communities. It celebrated the rich tapestry of Egyptian culture and the unwavering generosity that flows within its people.

And so, the “Kheirak Wasel Fawry” campaign became a symbol of unity, compassion, and the collective effort to make the world a better place, not just during Ramadan, but every day of the year.

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