The role of mobile technology in Africa – IT news Africa

With more and more accessible and affordable smartphones and increasingly strong network coverage, the adoption of mobile technology is in a good space and is growing by leaps and bounds on the African continent.

Many mobile technology companies and organizations, both public and private, are harnessing its potential to fill education gaps and reduce poverty.

With over 70% of its population under the age of 30, Africa has one of the youngest populations in the world. The lack of resources and infrastructure to educate this young population has resulted in a huge education gap.

According to UNICEF, more than a billion children around the world are at risk of falling behind due to recent school closures.

To keep the world’s children learning, countries have instituted distance education programs, and many organizations and companies like Huawei have stepped in to ease the pressure, especially for children from families who do not. can’t afford laptops or computers to connect to the Internet.

Bridging the education gap

The role of technology, especially mobile technology, in ensuring that students in rural and poor areas can access basic education is vital.

Cell phones, with their ability to speed up communication and connect many people in no time and with relative ease, have been instrumental in keeping children in school.

Schools had to think of innovative ways to start the school year and for some it encountered more challenges than good results.

However, thanks to mobile technology, some pressures have been eased in African countries like South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

How Huawei is carving a digital footprint in skills development

In October 2020, as part of Huawei Tech4All’s digital inclusion initiative, Huawei South Africa collaborated with the Digital School Project in partnership with operator Rain and the non-profit educational organization Click Foundation.

The project aims to connect schools and stimulate skills development to improve the quality of education, which aims to connect 100 urban and rural primary schools over the next year using 5G technology.

Through this, partner schools will have access to high-quality educational resources such as digital curriculum and e-learning apps, as well as teacher and student training by connecting schools to the internet. .

To further bridge the educational divide, once students gain access to the internet, they will be able to access some of the informative, educational and fun apps provided by Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) through Huawei AppGallery or Huawei Petal Search. With these two platforms, there are over a million apps to download to help with homework or stay organized with school activities.

How mobile technology can change the future of skills development

Since the majority of young people have access to smartphones, apps can play an even bigger role in the development of a tech savvy generation.

To further enhance the development of digital skills, there is the Huawei HMS innovation competition, AppsUP, which is currently taking place in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and China.

AppsUP aims to inspire global developers to leverage the open capabilities of HMS Core to create innovative applications, rebuild the future of technology, and deliver all-scenario smart life experiences to over 650 million Huawei users globally. .

To participate, participants must create an account on the official competition website and submit their application before September 5, 2021.

Participants can register either individually or in teams of up to three members. All applications entered must integrate one or more of the HMS base kits (find more information about the kits and how to integrate them here).

From September 6 to 23, a jury will shortlist the works according to their social value, their commercial value, their user experience and their originality. From there, the top 20 shortlisted apps in each region will be made available to the public for download on the competition’s official website or Huawei AppGallery from September 24 to October 8, before making it to the finals later in the month. .

Competitions like AppsUP give developers the tools to create something that has the potential to change the world. Whether it’s an app to help with health or educational crises, the AppsUP competition will help seasoned and aspiring developers take their ideas to great heights.

These are just a few of the ways Huawei Mobile Services and Huawei are helping tackle the education crisis in Africa. With the current decline in school attendance in some countries and the unemployment rate, mobile technology solutions can change the lives of many people in Africa and show the rest of the world the potential of the countries of our continent.

Edited by Luis Monzon
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