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ICT builds bridges

The morning’s catch of fish has been heaped up to roast on a griddle over an open fire.  Smoke rises, filling the hut. Daniel, a member of the Ago-Egun fishing community in Ajeromi Ifelodun, Lagos, gets out his phone and starts making calls: he needs to tell his many customers that the fish are nearly done. In a business like fishing communication is vital. […]

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Electrifying Uganda

This week, find out about the innovations about to take off in Uganda – the Smart Pen aimed at improving fisheries, the electric bus that could well soon be seen on the streets of Kampala and the hubs that are making all this digital entrepreneurship possible – read on… Police set up cyber-crime unit – free speech activists raise concern (Monitor) ++++ Ugandans abroad […]

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Origami meets microscopy

In this week’s Uganda News Review, find out about the dangers of high-tech crops and the blessings of low-tech health equipment, and how Uganda is planning to boost science teaching, libraries and eLearning. All this – and one reason why you’re never too old for school – read on… Uganda News in brief: Civil society activists petition the Constitutional court over anti-gays bill (Monitor) […]

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The World Wide Web at 25: how Africa connects

Today marks 25 years exactly since Tim Berners-Lee first proposed the concept of the World Wide Web. To celebrate the News Team has put together this infographic showing the major arteries of Internet communication that (alongside satellite links) give Africa access to the Web, and the effect they have on the countries they serve. The story of Africa’s undersea cables goes back fifteen years. […]

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UAVs with ISPs

This week, find out about what drones could do for internet in Africa and the image makeover needed in technical colleges. Meanwhile, rivalry with neighbour Kenya seems to be all the rage in Uganda’s printed media – see how the two countries compare on higher education and on tourism, below… Uganda news in brief: M7 and PM Mbabazi relations reach all-time low (Observer) ++++ […]

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Texting without thumbs

This week in Uganda: traditional gender roles are challenged, the fight against sexual crime steps up a notch and SMS services take a creative leap forward. More mixed reaction, however, is voiced to last year’s exam results, out now – read on… 26.02.2014 Uganda news in brief: Museveni signs anti-gay law, Ethiopia condemns; but is the controversy overshadowing other news? (Monitor) ++++ Multibillion investment […]

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Where mobiles outnumber people…

In 2001, about 25 million people in Africa had a mobile phone subscription; by 2013, that number had ballooned to 780 million – an increase of 3,120%. There are now more mobile phones in Botswana, Gabon and Namibia than there are citizens. by Steven Blum With statistics like these, it’s not surprising that many educational strategists are dreaming of a future where mobile phones […]

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Lovers unite in rift region

In this episode of The Uganda News Review, find out about the apps that tackle corruption and money transfer costs, the pupils asked to bring bags of cement to school, and the bishop who gave everything he had to the poor. Plus: the people trying to improve the lot of women in work, and just how successful is Uganda’s progress towards the Millennium Development […]

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Sun, sand and sea-learning

According to the World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa’s tourism industry could create 6.7 million jobs by 2021. The report, titled “Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods”, says that tourism already accounted for one out of every 20 jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2011. With further growth expected, a training shortfall has become an imminent threat: a shortfall to which eLearning could […]

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Fresh in from Kampala…

A few months from now, delegates from all over Africa and the world will convene in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss and share the very best in African ICT, education and innovation at eLearning Africa. In the run-up to the Conference, the News Service will be taking a close look at our host country and sharing its stories with you. Welcome to the first episode […]