Huawei eyes nurturing aspiring young Ethiopian tech talent

By XINHUA

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Chinese tech giant Huawei is eyeing nurturing aspiring young Ethiopian technology talent, said Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ji Hui at Huawei Northern Africa region, Wednesday.

Speaking exclusively to Xinhua, Ji said Huawei is nurturing Ethiopian tech talent that can add value to the east African country’s economy through innovative technology solutions.

Ji was speaking on the sidelines of the sixth Global Huawei ICT competition Ethiopia edition, which annually brings the brightest brains and most innovative ideas from across Ethiopia and the wider globe.

The winners among 170,000 student participants from more than 40 countries around the world will have the opportunity to represent their country in the 2022 Huawei ICT competition global finals.

The Huawei ICT young talent program is part of the Chinese tech giant’s global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

“This is the third round of competition for Ethiopia. This is the first year we introduced the innovation track, previously we cared more about the knowledge competition, but this year we added more elements of innovation, basically what you can do to add value to the economy and to the ICT industry,” Ji told Xinhua. “We’ve previously sent more than 30 students from Ethiopia to China for two-week training programs, to help turn their technological ideas into realities.”

Ji praised the increasing presence of young Ethiopian women aspirants in Huawei’s annual ICT competition.

The CFO for Huawei Northern Africa region also disclosed the Chinese tech giant is committed to deepening its involvement in Ethiopia’s ICT sector, now that Ethiopia has started to liberalize its telecom sector.

“The Ethiopian government can help the economy to have more growth momentum besides traditional ways of boosting growth,” Ji said. “The Ethiopia Ministry of Finance recent granting of a new license to telecom operators will boost the number of private ICT firms in the east African country which has a large young population and is also a huge marketplace.”

On Saturday, Ethiopia awarded the country’s first telecom license to a Vodacom Group Consortium which had offered 850 million U.S. dollars license fee.

Ethiopia’s telecom industry is considered as a huge untapped market, as the east African country has the second highest number of population in Africa, only surpassed by Nigeria.

Ethiopia is also undertaking extensive telecom modernization services with the help of Chinese firms as part of the east African country’s aim of realizing digital inclusion and boosting the size of its digital economy, with the provision of reliable, high band-width and high-speed telecom services.

Kenyan tech hub inspires women, youth into STEM careers

By Jerry Omondi

Azron Brian, a Software Engineer & Lead Trainer at EldoHub, explains a concept to a student during a Web Development class in Eldoret, Kenya. /CGTN

Across the world, governments have initiated various efforts to ensure women and youth are not left behind in technological advancements, as science and innovation increasingly become the focus of the future.

According to the United Nations, the global community has over the past 15 years made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Even with these, however, women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.

In Kenya, an Eldoret-based tech hub is doing its bit in ensuring women and youth are at the center of technological advancements and innovations.

EldoHub is an I.C.T. and entrepreneurship innovation hub that targets women and youth, to provide them with skills-based training, working space and a platform to interact network with their peers and share ideas.

The hub aims to help create and grow young tech businesses, and help them survive in their early stage by providing them with the necessary support and also financial and technical services.

Magdalene Chepkemoi, the Founder & Executive Director of EldoHub, says her decision to start the hub was inspired by her own life. Having grown up in a rural setup where women are still restricted to various roles and career paths, she felt the need to create a path for them to compete better with their male counterparts.

“I grew up in the rural areas. And I remember when I was young, I really wanted to be a scientist. I wanted to be a computer scientist. And when I mentioned to my parents that I want to pursue a career in computer science, they really objected and some of the reasons I was given was because you know you are a woman and it’s really good for you to be a teacher or a nurse,” she says.

She stuck to her dreams despite the parental pressure and years later she has grown to become of the most notable names in the fields of science, innovation and technology.

Magdalene Chepkemoi, the Founder & Executive Director of EldoHub. /CGTN

One of the main programs at Eldohub is a ‘Women in STEM’ initiative, which encourages and supports women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and entrepreneurship.

Through this, women and girls are empowered to pursue technical careers.

Each day, Eldohub hosts tech lessons for women, helping them achieve their dreams of becoming part of Kenya’s science, innovation and technology fields.

“I have always loved math and logic and I also consider myself to be a creative person. So, coding and programming gave me a chance to combine those two things and also being able to offer solutions to problems that surrounded me. Technology offered an easy way to do that,” said Wanjiku Njoroge, a Web Development Student at EldoHub.

On her part, Purity Kosgei, a Web Development Student and Communications Officer at EldoHub, says her journey at the hub has been partly inspired by Chepkemoi’s own life journey.

“I have been here for about one year right now and I can say that my experience has been really great. It’s been awesome and I have learned so many things especially from my Director who even before I came to EldoHub I used to see her sometimes and she used to motivate me. I can say she is my mentor,” said Kosgei.

Now also a mentor to many women and girls across Kenya’s western region, Chepkemoi often organizes field classes, where ladies who cannot reach Eldoret are also able to benefit from the hub’s programs.

“It’s possible. If I did it, you can do it as well. If so-and-so can do it, you can do it, and no one should really discourage you from pursuing what you want to achieve,” she said.

According to U.N. data, less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women, and only around 30 percent of all women students select STEM-related fields in higher education. This translates to even fewer women in STEM-related workplaces, a tiny fraction of whom make it to management or leadership roles.

Wanjiku Njoroge (front), a Web Development Student at EldoHub, during one of the classes. /CGTN

According to Azron Brian, a Software Engineer & Lead Trainer at EldoHub, with continued efforts, this imbalance can be changed, and the result would help the world tap into women’s brains in the quest to ensure more technological advancements.

“Being on this kind of program where we are equipping girls with tech skills and anything to do with technology, mathematics, engineering and science, you’ll find that in years to come, the narrative will change,” said Brian. “We’ll either have equal representation or more women will come in – not necessarily to do away with the men – but we’ll have a good representation of women. The narrative will completely change. We will have more women, more girls pursuing such careers and doing well in the fields as well.”

For Chepkemoi, the future still holds much more. Even though she draws a lot of pride in Eldohub’s journey so far, she is keen to ensure even more success.

“We want to build EldoHub more like an education technology platform for them to learn full capacity building in terms of digital literacy, STEM education, entrepreneurship lessons and through the entrepreneurship lessons, we want to build an entrepreneurship development program where they can be able to be guided on how they can start and grow their business from ideation stage all the way to taking their products to the market,” she said.

Konnect Project: Chinese company works to bridge digital divide between Africa, world

By David Ochieng Mbewa

Nestled in the heart of Githurai 44 estate, about 20 kilometers from the city centre of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, is a buzzing IT hub making waves within the community and beyond.

A photo of one of the three Konnect Hubs run by Ahadi Corporation on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. /CGTN/Samson Adeleke

The hub is owned and run by the Ahadi Corporation, a company founded by Tao Zhou in early 2018 with the aim of building the world’s largest last-mile Wi-Fi broadband network in Africa to deliver affordable internet services.

The target market is low and lower middle-income residents, who form a significant portion of the population and struggle to afford the high cost of internet services despite their desire to be part of the ever-expanding digital world.

Tao Zhou, the founder of Ahadi Corporation, poses for a photo at one of the Konnect Hubs on the outskirts of Nairobi. /CGTN/Samson Adeleke

Africa has extremely low 4G and fixed broadband penetration, exacerbated by the highest cost of network in the world. Mobile data usage per subscriber per month is only 0.8GB in Sub-Saharan Africa, compared to the world average of 7.5GB. Consequently, the continent’s internet economy falls far behind the rest of the world despite a massive young population.

Zhou said after a painstaking process that took about two years, a solution was found and the project (Konnect Internet) took off in early 2020 in two areas: Githurai 44 and neighbouring Zimmerman.

The project has taken off well bringing in close to 45,000 users so far in both the densely-populated communities which roughly host at least 240,000 people.

“I am sure you are familiar with the internet services here, especially for the people around here, the affordability is the biggest problem. There are still so many young people using (data) bundles to get there and it is never satisfying,” Zhou told CGTN Africa.

“We have found a real practical solution that allows us to provide affordable and fast internet to dozens of thousands of people. This is just the beginning. I am proud we have taken the first step and there are many more to come.”

The tech-preneur said the issue of affordability and reliability of internet services came to the fore especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when several services and operations, like learning and certain office duties, moved online.

Signing up to Konnect Internet individuals pay Sh20 ($0.18) per hour, Sh70 ($0.65) daily, Sh350 ($3.23) weekly and between Sh1,000 ($9.24) and Sh2,000 ($18.47) every month to access the internet.

Zhou said the timely entry of the Konnect Project helped several households adapt to the situation and not be left behind as digital services took prominence for the better part of the last year or so.

“At the end of the day, it is not only the cost, it is also the flexibility of paying. Most of our clients are not monthly users, they are daily users. Many of them choose to pay Sh70 a day for, at least, 25 days out of 30,” he said.

Zhou, however, acknowledged that low prices should not deceive anyone about the quality of services offered as the internet speeds are quite fast of up to 8mbps per device.

The Konnect project, through Konnect Hub, offers services and professional working spaces for freelancers, creatives and the youth in general. /CGTN/Samson Adeleke

The Konnect Project hopes to complete coverage of 3,000 buildings in eight communities by the end of 2021, serving at least 200,000 residents, and, in the next five to six years, have a presence in the majority of Kenyan suburbs.

The next community they expect to connect is the neighbouring Githurai 45 estate which, according to Zhou’s estimate, has more people than Githurai 44 and Zimmerman.

“The internet economy of Africa is less than seven percent of the world market and the population of Africa is almost a fifth of the world population. Obviously, there is so much room (to grow) and that gives us a very strong reason to stay here and grow for many years,” Zhou said during an interview.

Powering Ahadi Corporation’s ambitious drive is China Telecom (Kenya) Limited, a strategic partner and primary internet backbone provider for the Konnect project.

Lambert Guo, director of China Telecom (Kenya) Limited (left) alongside Ahadi Corporation founder Tao Zhou (right) during a media presentation. /CGTN/Samson Adeleke

China Telecom has also helped the firm build local points of presence (POPs) or network connection points and local data centres.

According to Zhou, there is a plan “in the near future” to offer an internet-based TV service among others with the continued cooperation of China Telecom.

There are a few minor challenges facing the project, especially the occasional interruption of power supply, which is an issue countrywide, but Zhou said his team sought to address this problem.

“In our server room, even within the community, we have transmitters powered by UPS (uninterrupted power supply). The UPS can allow working to continue for six to eight hours and, if within that time, the power does not come back, we have generators.”

A group of transmitters mounted by Ahadi Corporation on the roof of a block of apartments in Githurai 44 estate on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. /CGTN/Samson Adeleke

“We also like to deploy solars which not only helps reduce the cost of electricity but also helps with the continuity. During the nighttime, we have batteries.”

The project has not only brought internet access to thousands of people but there have been other socioeconomic benefits to the communities.

Dozens of people have been employed, either permanently or on contract basis, to ensure the smooth running of the project and 24/7 onsite support.

“We need to employ about 20 field technicians doing the deployment work and another 20 sales agents who negotiate with the building owners, sign on new customers and provide customer service. That is a benefit,” he added.

The project has also seen the establishment of “value-added services”, namely, community and learning centres. The community centres, which are three and known as Konnect Hubs, are aimed at providing services and working spaces for freelancers, creatives and the youth in general at a small fee.

“We are putting a co-working space within the community so the young people do not need to spend extra money and struggle with traffic for a few hours a day to get to the other side (of the city),” Zhou noted.

Under the Konnect School program, volunteer teachers from China, the U.S. and Kenya, specializing in English literature and math, have been recruited and children, aged between four and 15, within the community have been invited to take online classes in a digital learning environment.

Though the program is less than three months old, it has proved to be quite popular with several parents making requests to sign up their children.

The Konnect School is a popular initiative by the Ahadi Corporation which offers a digital learning environment aided by volunteer teachers. /CGTN/Samson Adeleke

Ahadi also launched some programs to improve the good images of talents and communities. One of them is Project ASH (African Silences, Heard!), a series of short films collecting and sharing real stories from all walks of life in Africa which would ordinarily not be broadcast on mainstream media.

“At the end of the day, we are not just providing affordable internet but we are building a very basic service, the internet as a tool, to promote the opportunities on top of the infrastructure. The idea of ‘Konnect’ is not just connecting with the internet but connecting with people in the community and outside the community.

بحضور رئيس زامبيا.. النائبة رشا قلج تعلن توصيات لمؤتمر مؤسسة ميرك السنوي الثامن

ساجد النوري

أعلنت الدكتورة رشا قلج، عضو مجلس الشيوخ المصري، ورئيس مؤسسة ميرك الدولية الخيرية توصيات أعمال مؤتمر القمع الثامن لمؤسسة ميرك الخيرية التي عُقدت خلال الأيام الماضية بالشراكة مع حكومة جمهورية زامبيا، حيث تم عقد المؤتمر على منصة افتراضية، وافتتحه “إدغار شاغوا لونغو”، رئيس زامبيا مع البروفيسور الدكتور “فرانك ستانجينبيرج هافركامب”، رئيس ومالك شركة ميرك الألمانية، والذي ترأسته كل من والسيدة استر لونغو، السيدة الأولى لزامبيا والدكتورة رشا كيليج، الرئيس التنفيذي لمؤسسة ميرك

وقالت الدكتورة رشا قلج، عضو مجلس الشيوخ، اليوم: نحن فخورون بالترحيب بضيوفنا الكرام والمتحدثين الرئيسيين السيدات الأوائل من 17 دولة أفريقية من أنغولا، وبوتسوانا، وبوركينا فاسو، وبوروندي، وجمهورية أفريقيا الوسطى، وجمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية، وغانا، وغينيا كوناكري، وليبيريا، وملاوي، وموزمبيق، وناميبيا، والوزراء الأفارقة من مختلف القطاعات من أكثر من 25 دولة، وتم مناقشة استراتيجيتنا لتنمية الرعاية الصحية وتدريب المئاتت من الخبراء الطبيين المدربين المتخصصين ليكونوا الأوائل في بلدانهم والمبادرات لكسر وصمة العقم ودعم تعليم الفتيات

وأضافت “قلج”: نؤمن دائمًا بأهمية بناء تدريب الاطباء والكوادر الطبيه وتنمية الرعاية الصحية من خلال توفير التدريب لمقدمي الرعاية الصحية في العديد من التخصصات الطبية، أيضًا كاستجابة لوباء COVID 19، اعتمدنا إستراتيجية التعليم الطبي عبر الإنترنت حتى نتمكن من مواصلة جهودنا لبناء قدرات الرعاية الصحية؛ وأنا فخور جدًا بأننا قدمنا ​​حتى الآن لأكثر من 1100 طبيب من 42 دولة في جميع أنحاء أفريقيا وآسيا وأمريكا اللاتينية، تدريب تخصصي لمدة عام أو عامين أو ثلاثة أعوام في مجالات متعددة مثل الأورام والسكري وطب القلب والأوعية الدموية الوقائي، طب الغدد الصماء، الطب الجنسي والإنجابي، الرعايه المركزه، الطب التنفسي، طب الإنجاب والخصوبة، ليكونوا الأوائل في بلدانهم، علاوة على ذلك قمنا الآن بتقديم المزيد من المنح الدراسية للأطباء الشباب في العديد من التخصصات الجديدة المهمه لمعظم الدول في انحاء أفريقيا وآسيا

فيما قال رئيس زامبيا “إدغار شاغوا لونغو” خلال كلمته الافتتاحية : أنا سعيد للغاية لاستضافة هذا المؤتمر الهام مع مؤسسة ميرك ، شريكنا الاستراتيجي.  إنه لشرف عظيم أن أفتتح المؤتمر جنباً إلى جنب مع السيدات الأوائل في إفريقيا.  أنا على يقين من أن هذا المؤتمر سيساعدنا على استكشاف المزيد من فرص الشراكة وتقديم فرص  جديدة للتعاون في مجال  التنميه  الصحية والتوعيه المجتمعيه لكسر وصمة العقم بالاضافه الي دعم  تعليم الفتيات

http://www.sada-elarab.com/579564

رشا قلج تعلن توصيات لمؤتمر مؤسسة ميرك السنوى الثامن ‎بحضور رئيس زامبيا

 طاهر القصبي

أعلنت الدكتورة رشا قلج، عضو مجلس الشيوخ المصري، ورئيس مؤسسة ميرك الدولية الخيرية توصيات أعمال مؤتمر القمع الثامن لمؤسسة ميرك الخيرية التي عُقدت خلال الأيام الماضية بالشراكة مع حكومة جمهورية زامبيا، حيث تم عقد المؤتمر على منصة افتراضية، وافتتحه “إدغار شاغوا لونغو”، رئيس زامبيا مع البروفيسور الدكتور “فرانك ستانجينبيرج هافركامب”، رئيس ومالك شركة ميرك الألمانية، والذي ترأسته كل من والسيدة استر لونغو، السيدة الأولى لزامبيا والدكتورة رشا كيليج، الرئيس التنفيذي لمؤسسة ميرك

وقالت الدكتورة رشا قلج، عضو مجلس الشيوخ، اليوم: نحن فخورون بالترحيب بضيوفنا الكرام والمتحدثين الرئيسيين السيدات الأوائل من 17 دولة أفريقية من أنغولا، وبوتسوانا، وبوركينا فاسو، وبوروندي، وجمهورية أفريقيا الوسطى، وجمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية، وغانا، وغينيا كوناكري، وليبيريا، وملاوي، وموزمبيق، وناميبيا، والوزراء الأفارقة من مختلف القطاعات من أكثر من 25 دولة، وتم مناقشة استراتيجيتنا لتنمية الرعاية الصحية وتدريب المئاتت من الخبراء الطبيين المدربين المتخصصين ليكونوا الأوائل في بلدانهم والمبادرات لكسر وصمة العقم ودعم تعليم الفتيات

وأضافت “قلج”: نؤمن دائمًا بأهمية بناء تدريب الاطباء والكوادر الطبيه وتنمية الرعاية الصحية من خلال توفير التدريب لمقدمي الرعاية الصحية في العديد من التخصصات الطبية، أيضًا كاستجابة لوباء COVID 19، اعتمدنا إستراتيجية التعليم الطبي عبر الإنترنت حتى نتمكن من مواصلة جهودنا لبناء قدرات الرعاية الصحية؛ وأنا فخور جدًا بأننا قدمنا ​​حتى الآن لأكثر من 1100 طبيب من 42 دولة في جميع أنحاء أفريقيا وآسيا وأمريكا اللاتينية، تدريب تخصصي لمدة عام أو عامين أو ثلاثة أعوام في مجالات متعددة مثل الأورام والسكري وطب القلب والأوعية الدموية الوقائي، طب الغدد الصماء، الطب الجنسي والإنجابي، الرعايه المركزه، الطب التنفسي، طب الإنجاب والخصوبة، ليكونوا الأوائل في بلدانهم، علاوة على ذلك قمنا الآن بتقديم المزيد من المنح الدراسية للأطباء الشباب في العديد من التخصصات الجديدة المهمه لمعظم الدول في انحاء أفريقيا وآسيا

https://www.masrtimes.com/85312

رشا قلج تعلن توصيات المؤتمر الثامن لمؤسسة «ميرك» الخيرية

عبدالرحمن البشاري

‎أعلنت الدكتورة رشا قلج، عضو مجلس الشيوخ المصري، ورئيس مؤسسة ميرك الدولية الخيرية توصيات أعمال مؤتمر القمع الثامن لمؤسسة ميرك الخيرية التي عُقدت خلال الأيام الماضية بالشراكة مع حكومة جمهورية زامبيا، حيث تم عقد المؤتمر على منصة افتراضية، وافتتحه “إدغار شاغوا لونغو”، رئيس زامبيا مع البروفيسور الدكتور “فرانك ستانجينبيرج هافركامب”، رئيس ومالك شركة ميرك الألمانية، والذي ترأسته كل من والسيدة استر لونغو، السيدة الأولى لزامبيا والدكتورة رشا كيليج، الرئيس التنفيذي لمؤسسة ميرك

وقالت الدكتورة رشا قلج، عضو مجلس الشيوخ، اليوم: نحن فخورون بالترحيب بضيوفنا الكرام والمتحدثين الرئيسيين السيدات الأوائل من 17 دولة أفريقية من أنغولا، وبوتسوانا، وبوركينا فاسو، وبوروندي، وجمهورية أفريقيا الوسطى، وجمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية، وغانا، وغينيا كوناكري، وليبيريا، وملاوي، وموزمبيق، وناميبيا، والوزراء الأفارقة من مختلف القطاعات من أكثر من 25 دولة، وتم مناقشة استراتيجيتنا لتنمية الرعاية الصحية وتدريب المئاتت من الخبراء الطبيين المدربين المتخصصين ليكونوا الأوائل في بلدانهم والمبادرات لكسر وصمة العقم ودعم تعليم الفتيات

وأضافت “قلج”: نؤمن دائمًا بأهمية بناء تدريب الاطباء والكوادر الطبيه وتنمية الرعاية الصحية من خلال توفير التدريب لمقدمي الرعاية الصحية في العديد من التخصصات الطبية، أيضًا كاستجابة لوباء COVID 19، اعتمدنا إستراتيجية التعليم الطبي عبر الإنترنت حتى نتمكن من مواصلة جهودنا لبناء قدرات الرعاية الصحية؛ وأنا فخور جدًا بأننا قدمنا ​​حتى الآن لأكثر من 1100 طبيب من 42 دولة في جميع أنحاء أفريقيا وآسيا وأمريكا اللاتينية، تدريب تخصصي لمدة عام أو عامين أو ثلاثة أعوام في مجالات متعددة مثل الأورام والسكري وطب القلب والأوعية الدموية الوقائي، طب الغدد الصماء، الطب الجنسي والإنجابي، الرعايه المركزه، الطب التنفسي، طب الإنجاب والخصوبة، ليكونوا الأوائل في بلدانهم، علاوة على ذلك قمنا الآن بتقديم المزيد من المنح الدراسية للأطباء الشباب في العديد من التخصصات الجديدة المهمه لمعظم الدول في انحاء أفريقيا وآسيا

https://www.albawabhnews.com/4340319

AU partners with TikTok to celebrate Africa Day through digital campaign

By XINHUA

The African Union (AU) Commission on Monday announced a half month-long partnership with video-sharing social networking platform TikTok to celebrate Africa Day through a digital campaign.

The half month-long campaign, which will mainly feature a digital campaign titled “I Am African,” will bring together the AU’s youth division within the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate together with partners including TikTok to celebrate the Africa Day, the 55-member pan Africa bloc announced Monday.

Africa Day is intended to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of the Organization of African Unity — the predecessor of the AU — from its creation on May 25, 1963 in the fight against colonialism, as well as the progress that Africa has made while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces in a global environment.

The partnership accelerates the vision of the “One Million by 2021” initiative of the AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. The initiative, among other things, envisaged providing opportunities to African youth in education, employment, entrepreneurship and engagement.

The AU stressed that the overall objective of the “I Am African” campaign is to amplify the AU Commission’s 2021 theme of the year “Arts, Culture and Heritage; Building Levers For The Africa We Want.”

This year’s edition of the campaign calls on users to creatively express their views on what makes them proudly African across various categories.

This month TikTok Africa will program a line-up of in-app initiatives to highlight African content with genre-specific playlists, including Gengetone, Afrobeats, Amapiano and an exclusive in-app playlist.

According to the AU, critical to the success of the campaign is its amplification through AU member states to generate interest and capture young people’s perceptions and identities pertaining to the theme, and to showcase the shared commentary.

The campaign is expected to celebrate and highlight the different and creative identities of young people across Africa and members of the African diaspora through the lens of arts, culture and heritage. It envisaged mobilizing young people across Africa and the African diaspora to creatively express their interpretation of the #IAmAfrican theme and encourage their peers to do the same for a catalytic effect.

Young Africans are expected to discuss pathways to reimagine African identity alongside thought-leaders and celebrities in the arts, culture and heritage sector, said the AU sources.

The campaign is expected to creatively capture and amplify the voices of young people through digital and new media such as TikTok, and create archival content.

Young Africans can participate by accessing the playlist on TikTok, show their creativity and use the music to share what makes them African by using the hashtag #IAmAfrican.

According to the AU sources, all videos uploaded using one of the songs featured in the playlist with the official hashtag stand a chance of being selected and shown on the music channel TRACE TV during the month of May.

As part of the half month-long campaign, there will be an exciting virtual conversation taking place on May 25 to complement the ongoing activities to commemorate Africa Day.

The popular video-sharing social networking platform, TikTok, is the leading destination for short-form mobile video.

Trace TV is the first global ecosystem that leverages afro-urban entertainment to connect and empower the new generation and the creators, according to the AU.

رشا قلج تعلن توصيات المؤتمر الثامن لمؤسسة «ميرك» الخيرية

 إسلام نصير

‎ ‎أعلنت الدكتورة رشا قلج عضو مجلس الشيوخ المصري، ورئيس مؤسسة ميرك الدولية الخيرية توصيات أعمال مؤتمر القمع الثامن لمؤسسة ميرك الخيرية التي عُقدت خلال الأيام الماضية بالشراكة مع حكومة جمهورية زامبيا، حيث تم عقد المؤتمر على منصة افتراضية، وافتتحه “إدغار شاغوا لونغو”، رئيس زامبيا مع البروفيسور الدكتور “فرانك ستانجينبيرج هافركامب”، رئيس ومالك شركة ميرك الألمانية والذي ترأسته كل من والسيدة استر لونغو، السيدة الأولى لزامبيا و الدكتورة رشا كيليج، الرئيس التنفيذي لمؤسسة ميرك

وقالت الدكتورة رشا قلج ، عضو مجلس الشيوخ نحن فخورون بالترحيب بضيوفنا الكرام والمتحدثين الرئيسيين السيدات الأوائل من 17 دولة أفريقية من أنغولا، وبوتسوانا، وبوركينا فاسو، وبوروندي، وجمهورية إفريقيا الوسطى، وجمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية، وغانا، وغينيا كوناكري، وليبيريا، وملاوي، وموزمبيق، وناميبيا، والوزراء الأفارقة من مختلف القطاعات من أكثر من 25 دولة، وتم مناقشة استراتيجيتنا لتنمية الرعاية الصحية وتدريب المئاتت من الخبراء الطبيين المدربين المتخصصين ليكونوا الأوائل في بلدانهم والمبادرات لكسر وصمة العقم ودعم تعليم الفتيات.

 ‎وأضافت “قلج”: نؤمن دائمًا بأهمية بناء تدريب الاطباء و الكوادر الطبيه و تنميه الرعاية الصحية من خلال توفير التدريب لمقدمي الرعاية الصحية في العديد من التخصصات الطبية، أيضًا كاستجابة لوباء COVID 19 ، اعتمدنا استراتيجية التعليم الطبي عبر الإنترنت حتى نتمكن من مواصلة جهودنا لبناء قدرات الرعاية الصحية؛ و أنا فخور جدًا بأننا قدمنا ​​حتى الآن لأكثر من 1100 طبيب من 42 دولة في جميع أنحاء إفريقيا وآسيا وأمريكا اللاتينية، تدريب تخصصي لمدة عام أو عامين أو ثلاثة أعوام في مجالات متعددة مثل الأورام والسكري وطب القلب والأوعية الدموية الوقائي،  طب الغدد الصماء، الطب الجنسي والإنجابي ، الرعايه المركزه، الطب التنفسي، طب الإنجاب والخصوبة ، ليكونوا الأوائل في بلدانهم، علاوة على ذلك  قمنا الآن بتقديم المزيد من المنح الدراسية للأطباء الشباب في العديد من التخصصات الجديدة المهمه لمعظم الدول في انحاء إفريقيا وآسيا

 ‎فيما قال رئيس زامبيا “إدغار شاغوا لونغو” خلال كلمته الافتتاحية : أنا سعيد للغاية لاستضافة هذا المؤتمر الهام مع مؤسسة ميرك ، شريكنا الاستراتيجي.  إنه لشرف عظيم أن أفتتح المؤتمر جنباً إلى جنب مع السيدات الأوائل في إفريقيا.  أنا على يقين من أن هذا المؤتمر سيساعدنا على استكشاف المزيد من فرص الشراكة وتقديم فرص جديدة للتعاون في مجال التنميه الصحية والتوعيه المجتمعيه لكسر وصمة العقم بالاضافه الي دعم تعليم الفتيات

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Namibians celebrate Mother’s Day with appreciation amid COVID-19 pandemic

By XINHUA

A woman sells cupcakes and other products at Mother’s Day brunch market in Namibia’s capital of Windhoek, on May 9, 2021. (Photo by Ndalimpinga Iita/Xinhua)

On Sunday, many people in Namibia celebrated Mother’s Day, focusing on appreciation amid rapid deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Selma Titus, 28, from the capital Windhoek, bought her mother a special gift. According to Titus, who is also a mother of one, the extra effort made to acknowledge her mother is based on understanding and experience as a new parent.

“Parenting is not easy. Therefore, on this special day, the gift is meant to express my heartfelt gratitude to my mother for all she has done for me since childhood,” she said on Sunday.

She is not the only one. Hans David celebrates Mother’s Day to honour his mother’s sacrifices through school and love shared.

“Today I am celebrating her life because of the uncertainty presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. You never know when a loved one will succumb,” he said.

Many people also resorted to social media platforms such as TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to express appreciation to their mothers.

“When we say mothers are so amazing, humble, we mean it. A mother is irreplaceable. Let us respect all the mothers. Mommy, I salute and love you,” expressed Paulina Lugambo on her WhatsApp status.

Meanwhile, local entrepreneurs also organised events and specials on prizes.

Melvin Skrywer, an artist and entrepreneur from Engravea Dream, sold Mother’s Day themed products at a Mother’s Day bunch market at the local Mekenificent Wellness Centre on Sunday in Windhoek. Products included engraved keychains and holders and other artistic products with messages themed around the day.

“The aim is to accord people the opportunity to get something unique and special for their mothers and other mother figures,” he said.

Mekenificent Wellness Centre also organised brunch and vouchers for Mother’s Day.

While efforts made by many to recognise their mothers are notable, gender equality experts, are however, advocating for locals to appreciate their parents every day and not just wait until internationally acclaimed days to express gratitude.

Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi, a gender equality practitioner, said that as observed over the years, most people would acknowledge their mothers only on social media platforms and not even bother to call them or visit them. While others would buy flowers or gifts yet continuously give their parents grieve throughout the year.

A woman sells cupcakes and other products at Mother’s Day brunch market in Namibia’s capital of Windhoek, on May 9, 2021. (Photo by Ndalimpinga Iita/Xinhua)

“On an ordinary day, one rarely notice the effort as is done on Mother’s Day. That is superficial love. A major shift and transformation are required. Individuals ought to do better,” he said.

According to the expert, the world should embrace and have compassion for their parents and guardians every day.

“This should be demonstrated through regular contact with parents, action, support and tender care. Mother’s Day is supposed to be a culmination of everyday acts of love and care towards parents,” he concluded.

“رشا قلج”: فخورة لكوني مصرية وأنتمي لحضارة عريقة

ساجد النوري

بكلمات نابعة من القلب ممتزجة بمشاعر الفخر والاعتزاز بالوطن، أعربت الدكتورة رشا قلج عضو مجلس الشيوخ المصري ورئيس مؤسسة ميرك الدولية الخيرية، عن بالغ سعادتها وإعجابها الشديد بموكب نقل المومياوات الملكية من المتحف المصري بميدان التحرير وصولاً إلى المتحف القومي للحضارة المصرية، قائلة: فخورة جدا لكوني مصرية أنتمي لحضارة عريقة، وسعيدة بالحدث التاريخي الذي تابعه العالم كله في انبهار بهذا الموكب العظيم، فهو خطوة هامة جدا حيث تمكنت القيادة السياسية برئاسة فخامة الرئيس السيسي  من عملية نقل المومياوات الملكية ضمن مشروع ضخم لتطوير أساليب عرض الآثار،  لذا أتوجه بالشكر لقيادتنا السياسة وكل من بذل مجهودا لإخراج هذا الحدث العظيم للنور

 
وأشادت الدكتورة رشا قلج بالتغطية الإعلامية المتميزة التي نقلت هذا الموكب المهيب للعالم بأسره، حيث قالت : منذ الساعات الأولي من صباح اليوم وأنا أتابع تصدر مصر للمشهد الإعلامي العالمي، فوقفت دول العالم مبهوره  أمام عظمة الماضي وإصرار الحاضر، وأضافت : كان الموكب الملكي عظيم ومتكامل وتم باحترافية أكثر من رائعة، ونال إعجاب جميع الجنسيات من مختلف شعوب وبلدان العالم، فانبهروا بعظمة الإخراج و جودة و إتقان هذه الرحلة الذهبية، هذا العمل العظيم قد نقلني في رحلة عبر الزمن لآلاف من السنين الماضية لعصر أجدادي الفراعنة، وأعطاني الأمل إلي آلاف من السنين القادمة بمستقبل مشرق و واعد بإذن الله

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