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jp.ik showcases Popup School solution in Africa

The convertible, modular Popup School was part of the Innovation Africa event held in Maputo, Mozambique

Posted by Charley Rogers | November 13, 2017 | International

A world leader in implementing large-scale technology solutions for education, jp.ik took advantage of its participation in Innovation Africa to present the innovative Popup School in response to the scarcity of school infrastructure in some regions of the world.

From October 23rd to 25th, jp.ik participated in Innovation Africa in Maputo, Mozambique, the African ministerial meeting of reference, which brought together 50 ministerial officers, ministers of education and information and communication technologies from 30 countries on the African continent.

After the inaugural ceremony of this 7th edition of Innovation Africa, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi visited jp.ik’ s Popup School to get to know the potential operation of this solution. The President reinforced the importance of investing in youth education, underlining that the focus of the African leaders is poverty reduction, and this will only be possible if the continent invests in the education of children.

Nuno Oliveira, VP WW Sales & Marketing closed the first day of the event with a presentation on "Projects with a vision for the Future of Education in Africa." For about 30 minutes, Nuno Oliveira led the participants on an inspiring journey of a decade of experience and knowledge in the education technology sector that made jp.ik the world's largest implementer of large projects of technological solutions for education.

After three days of exchanging experiences, opportunities and projects, the ongoing challenge is to develop education on the African continent with a strong focus on digital literacy, inclusion and gender equality and opportunities.  

At the end of the first day, several ministerial commissions visited the Popup School with the purpose of experiencing the potential operation of this solution in a live setting.

On the third day of the event, Nick Broda, Sub-Saharan Africa Senior Business Manager for jp.ik, moderated the debate panel "Public-Private Partnerships for Education and Innovation Projects" with the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Uganda Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of Education and Higher Education of Gabon Nadine Patricia Anguile Obame, Minister of Education and Science of Equatorial Guine Jesus Engonga Ndong, Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Presidency of Zambia (Smart Zambia) Dr. Martine Mtonga, and Director of Information and Communication Technologies of the Ministry of Education, Science and Tenology of Malawi Noel Chikhungu.

For one hour, the specifics inherent to the formalization of a public-private partnership in the context of education projects were discussed, and the importance of a clear and unambiguous definition of the roles of each one of the entities, and of an efficient coordination of all the agents involved in the project, were stressed.

After three days of exchanging experiences, opportunities and projects, the ongoing challenge is to develop education on the African continent with a strong focus on digital literacy, inclusion and gender equality and opportunities.  

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