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Why It Is Necessary To Build Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom



“Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases.” Swahili Proverb

enduring lesson learnt throughout our 175-year existence is that, while
things rapidly change around us, the things that truly matter don’t!
The desire to keep learning and growing is one such thing that remains a
driving force behind everything we do at Old Mutual. Education is
central to this.

Responding to the Challenges

to both Sustainable Development Goal’s 4 (Quality Education) and 17
(Partnerships) as well as our Responsible Business philosophy, we’re
working to share, connect, learn and grow together with the communities
we serve through Education.

We believe in the power of Education
to solve key social issues such as poverty, inequality and unemployment.
By continuing to invest in Education today, we know that we can build a
more prosperous future for the generations of tomorrow.

Mutual has partnered with authorities, experts, and practitioners in
the field on a number of ongoing initiatives including:  

  • Dynamic and interactive Financial Education and Inclusion
    programmes that have reached millions across the African continent.
    Utilising an array of channels and leveraging off technology, the
    programmes impart valuable and often life changing principles that
    empower customers and communities to build and sustain their lifetime
    financial goals.
  • Investing in Schools, Teachers and Leadership to
    drive immediate and long-term impact in the Education sector. Old
    Mutual’ s Education Flagship Project – a longer-term programme with a
    seven-year investment cycle – is in place to connect the dots between
    learners, teachers and school leadership through innovative training
    that has paid off in improved results in affiliated schools.
  • Skills Development
    interventions such as Bursaries, Internships, Learnerships and Graduate
    Development programmes that seek to create sustainable job
    opportunities and placements for learners.

Introducing Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom to Bring It All Together!

perhaps our most ambitious move yet, Old Mutual has committed to
building Africa’s Biggest Digital classroom so that we can extend the
Education-based work already being done across the Group to so many

This Digital Classroom is being designed to respond to the
challenges of widespread education exclusion, low Financial Literacy
rates on the continent, vastly uneven teacher-to-learner ratios, as well
as accessibility to physical and financial resources that continue to
hamper the success of the delivery of Education on the continent today,
and into the future. 

Enabling Learning Through Digital Engagement

But why a digital classroom?

aim as a business, is to be able to effectively respond to an
increasingly connected Africa with user-friendly, value-adding solutions
and experiences that bring as many people along on this educational
journey as possible. Designed with a generation of digital first,
tech-savvy users in mind, but mindful of the wealth of knowledge coming
through from past generations, Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom will
enhance the capabilities of past and present, to shape a brighter future
for all well into the future.

While we’re investing in digital
capabilities to enhance education across the continent, we know that the
future of Africa is still its people! And Africa’s Biggest Digital
Classroom has people at its core. We believe that in creating
opportunities for people to share and connect using digital
technologies, we can contribute to greater inclusivity and a more
prosperous continent for all.

How You Can Participate

is already underway to establish Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom. We
will be creating opportunities for our employees, customers, teachers,
learners and many other stakeholders to add their voices to the design
process. You can follow our progress and add your voice to the
conversation on social media using #175Africa

We look forward to working with you to bring Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom online!

Content provided by Old Mutual/Forbes Africa


Twitter’s Verified Programme To Return In 2021



2020 has been an interesting year for the team at Twitter, but one of the newest developments is the announcement of the return of its blue check verified accounts programme.

In a blog post on 24 November, Twitter announced that it will be reprioritising its verification program. The company temporarily shelved the programme three years ago.

Verification was previously criticized as “arbitrary” and “confusing”. The company also noted that while it meant to authenticate identity, users interpreted the blue checks as an endorsement or indicator of importance.

The verification system will relaunch in 2021. But first, Twitter will kickstart its plans by asking for critical feedback on its newly drafted verification policies.

Twitter hopes that this feedback will help it make better judgment calls as to which users will be eligible for verification.

Who will be able to get verified on Twitter?

Twitter outlined six account types that will be eligible to receive the verification badge.

These include:

  • Government accounts
  • Accounts representing companies, brands, and NGOs
  • News outlets and organisations
  • Entertainment and sports companies
  • Accounts owned by activists, organisers, and other influencers.

Twitter has created a page detailing the criteria for its drafted policy. The company also says that it will add more account types to the criteria in 2021.

It has, additionally, added disqualifying criteria that will prevent an account from receiving verification.

This includes the use of bots and bought followers to inflate audience numbers. Notably, accounts associated with hateful content or harmful activity may be ineligible for verification.

Meanwhile, groups and individuals who have committed human rights violations (and found guilty by an independent commission) will be ineligible for verification. This policy will apply even if their Twitter activity doesn’t violate any platform rules.

The public feedback period runs from 24 November until 8 December, with Twitter set to publish the final policy on 17 December.

You can take part in the feedback by completing the Twitter verification survey.

If you want to Tweet your feedback, tag Twitter and use the hashtag #VerificationFeedback.

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Microsoft Windows Turns 35: Successful Years From Windows 1.0 To Windows 10



Which version of Windows was the very first you ever used? How different is it from the latest version?

The PC revolution started off life 35 years ago this week. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today. While Windows 10 doesn’t look anything like Windows 1.0, it still has many of its original fundamentals like scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and apps like Notepad and MS paint.

Windows 1.0 also set the stage for the mouse. If you used MS-DOS then you could only type in commands, but with Windows 1.0 you picked up a mouse and moved windows around by pointing and clicking. Alongside the original Macintosh, the mouse completely changed the way consumers interact with computers. At the time, many complained that Windows 1.0 focused far too much on mouse interaction instead of keyboard commands. Microsoft’s first version of Windows might not have been well received, but it kick-started a battle between Apple, IBM, and Microsoft to provide computing to the masses.

Back in 1985, Windows 1.0 required two floppy disks, 256 kilobytes of memory, and a graphics card. If you wanted to run multiple programs, then you needed a PC with a hard disk and 512 kilobytes of memory. You wouldn’t be able to run anything with just 256 kilobytes of memory with modern machines, but those basic specifications were just the beginning. While Apple had been ahead in producing mouse-driven GUIs at the time, it remained focused on the combination of hardware and software. Microsoft had already created its low-cost PC DOS operating system for IBM PCs, and was firmly positioned as a software company.

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Mr. Eazi Announces Support For Youths Aspiring To Become Software Engineers



Mr. Eazi – Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur is set to provide a humanitarian aid to brilliant but needy young Nigerian who want to actualise their dream of becoming software engineers after announcing a partnership deal with Decagon – organisers of Nigeria’s top software engineering training programme.

In this deal, the Banku music pioneer, who has been noted for charitable works through his emPawa Africa talent incubation initiative will serve as a financier to 5 residents or indigenes of Ogun State to attend Decagon. Decagon recently opened applications for its 6 months training programme which includes accommodation, feeding, laptop, internet and a monthly stipend, followed by an immediate job placement into companies like Access Bank, Sterling Bank and Etranzact after graduating.

Interested candidates or participants are to visit to apply before November 22nd for this programme which doesn’t require any payment of fees until the trainees have graduated and started working and earning salaries.

However, successful applicants are required to have a credible guarantor in order to access the Pay-Later model and this has proven difficult for some otherwise successful applicants in the past. It is due to this challenge that Mr Eazi has decided to step in and guarantee 5 lucky ones from Ogun State, by residence or origin .

Speaking about Decagon, Mr. Eazi said, “I’ve always been passionate about helping young people and pushing them to be the best version of themselves. For some of them, their talents naturally align with software engineering. I am happy to support this initiative in the hopes that they can support themselves and their families.”

Chika Nwobi, CEO of Decagon, says “ For some who do not have access to someone in their family or network to stand in for them, Mr. Eazi is providing a lifeline and this is the type of collaboration that will move Nigeria forward.”

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Twitter Fleets, Disappearing Tweets – Tweeting Just Got Interesting With ‘Fleeting’



Twitter on Tuesday announced a global launch of “Fleets,” the ephemeral tweeting feature it first announced earlier this year and tested in various markets around the globe.

Now, any mobile Twitter user, regardless of where they live or what platform they’re on, will have access to the disappearing messaging feature, which will sit right at the top of the timeline in a row of Stories-like bubbles.

Twitter hopes the new feature will help reduce the pressure around tweeting by letting users express more casual thoughts and feelings while also concerning themselves less with saying something profound or racking up likes and retweets. Fleets start rolling out today on Android and iOS and should be available for everyone in the coming days, the company says.


Fleets is a Stories clone, borrowing all of the best ideas implemented by Instagram and Snapchat. You can share text, respond to others’ tweets, or post videos with the same background color and overlaid text options you get on other messaging apps with ephemeral features, with every message disappearing after 24 hours. You can also respond to others’ fleets by tapping on one and sending a direct message or emoji to the creator, which will start a DM conversation similar to how the story reply process works on Instagram. Twitter says it will also be introducing stickers and live broadcasting at some point in the future. You cannot, however, like or retweet a fleet.

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