The Edupreneurs project, funded by the SAIS 2 program, is gaining traction and the first week of June is full of surprises! We will not only offer two workshops for building capacity among education entrepreneurs, but we will also roll out officially our digital platform on June 4th.
The Edupreneurs project will offer two workshops in the beginning of June. These workshops are part of our main goals on building innovation, resilience, digital and professional capacity for the education business ecosystem in the SADC.
The workshops will be facilitated by Hasekiel Johannes (NBII) and Dr. Alti Lagstedt (University of Applied Sciences Haaga-Helia) respectively. Save the dates!
Check out the workshops’ descriptions in the poster below and their respective registration forms further:
Click here to register to the workshop How to identify Business Opportunities in the SADC Education Sector?
Click here to register to the workshop Tools available to build a sustainable innovation ecosystem, how to play your role to benefit fully?
The 4SmartGrowth programme, in cooperation with the Chilean partner Momento Cero, organized the event “Nordic Innovations in Education” on April 15th. The 2 days event aimed at highlighting Nordic companies who are developing cross-cutting digital solutions for emerging challenges in education.
The Project Edupreneurs: Networking and Empowering Education Enterpreneurs towards a resilient edtech ecosystem in Southern Africa, funded by the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) 2, was successfully launched on 31st March 2021. The project is developed by the consortium between Eduix, Glowdom and the Namibian Business Innovation Institution (NBII). Over 120 participants from Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Finland registered to the event and will be contacted for further developments.
The event counted on the participation of brilliant keynote speakers and panelists in the morning and afternoon. The event finished with the needs assessment workshop, in which we gathered personal and professional experiences of the stakeholders regarding their challenges and expectations for building a resilient education business ecosystem in the Southern Africa region.
Project stakeholders will benefit from engaging in the project …
… by getting opportunities to network with relevant education business organizations and promote their services and products, as well as by receiving capacity building on business innovation and digital transformation. On the other hand, the stakeholders have the crucial role of providing us relevant information about their needs and challenges for thriving in critical situations, so we can tailor the project outcomes to their specific situation.
On 31st March 2021, join us for the launch event of Edupreneurs: Networking and Empowering Education Enterpreneurs towards a resilient edtech ecosystem in Southern Africa. The project is funded by the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) 2.
In 2019, I was responsible to design a self-study course and its materials about Flipped Classroom targeted to the international staff of the University of Eastern Finland. That was one of the most important professional learning experiences I’ve had over here. I didn’t know much about this pedagogical approach. I have attended a course whose teacher used the Flipped Classroom methodology. The course was about Quantitative Methods in research and it was, indeed, a very productive learning experience. However, beyond that punctual experience, I did not know much.
When I got the task to design a course and its materials about Flipped Classroom to the international staff of the University, I got excited about how much I had to learn and apply it. And it was just an amazing experience of learning not only about a pedagogical method, but also about institutional curriculum reform, mindset transformation, and pedagogical change.
For Eduix, this year has already seen some interesting software development with limitless potential. One of such is our current project regarding sustainable development in higher education institutions (HEIs), created in co-operation with our AI-partner company HeadAI, and the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
Glowdom has started the campaign “Social Innovations for Youth Development and Transformation” within the Youth Development and Social Innovations in Southern Africa programs designed by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) and the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC).
In the campaign, Glowdom highlights the role of Formjack and Collecte to support education needs in Namibia.
There have been situations in history, where individuals or a society has had an opportunity, but there has not been the right momentum. So, the opportunity has been wasted, and the next chance has come much later to someone else. For example, in ancient Alexandra in Roman Egypt, mathematician and engineer Hero developed Aeolipile, a wildly rotating steam ball, which can be considered as the first known radial steam turbine. However, he, or no one else at the time, did not find any practical use for it; it was taken only as a gimmick or a trick for temples. It took over 1700 years for the next opportunity and momentum to come into Great Britannia and James Watt. They seized an opportunity, there was the momentum, and the rest is history. But think if they didn’t, if the momentum has tailed off, what would our world look like today?
Despite all challenges and tragedies, some dare to say that the future came earlier during 2020. This “future” is complex, it scares us when we realize that education inequality has increased even more when it was already unacceptable, and school closure set back successes achieved through hard years of effort and investment. However, this same future brings hope when we have witnessed how education stakeholders have moved innovation from the margins to the center of many education systems to overcome the challenges imposed by the lockdown and social isolation.