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World Youth Skills Day: Unemployment driving unrest in South Africa

Is there a way we can reverse youth unemployment in this country? 

In the midst of South Africa’s deep unrest, 15th July is World Youth Skills Day. Tragically, the country’s youth unemployment rate reached a new record of 32.6%, the highest since the quarterly labour force survey began in 2008, totalling 7.242 million people out of work. Employment lies at the centre of many socio-economic ills, given its capacity to fill time, provide purpose, generate income and drive greater equality. But employment can only be driven by skills training.  

Africa is burdened with an additional challenge: many struggle with literacy, due to the poor delivery of basic education. So, where might hope and inspiration be found in the next decade?

In our pockets.

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Smart device costs continue to come down, and new manufacturers are bringing in devices at lower costs, as well as data prices slowly dropping, meaning increasing access as we move through this decade, and more opportunity to upskill via online learning on a phone, with a growing resource of training platforms which offers free training programs like Coursera, Udemy, Udacity and Khan Academy.

But, explains Dean McCoubrey, Founder of MySociaLife, South Africa’s leading digital education and media literacy program, “There are many promises various governments have made about their promise of leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), but how many understand the foundational digital skills required? You can’t just jump into robotics or coding, you need to understand what it is to be a digital citizen to embrace the free resources of the internet. Without it, you are driving a vehicle without a licence, or a map. How do you explore and grow safely?”

McCoubrey explains that the foundation is required in the same way previous generations were taught at length to hold a pencil and use those words they create more wisely. By contrast, increasingly, the internet is seeing spikes of misinformation and cyberbullying.

“With the basics in place of media literacy – understanding media, its power and influences, and fake news – as well as digital literacy such as privacy, cybersecurity and handling technology carefully, we can shift gear into exploration and expansion. We can find avenues of income. MySociaLife shows teens where they can learn photography for free, for example, and then show them where to sell their photos or videos,” adds McCoubrey.

Teens and pre-teens use the apps and devices so intuitively, and it’s a huge advantage. Some children are poor in school but brilliant online, which means there could be an alternative for young South Africans that could transcend the lack of quality basic education.

“We stand at a doorway to vault over other African countries, but we need guidance to know which keys will open it and prepare GenerationZ for a 4IR future. We need to focus on basic digital education as well before it’s too late and we miss a glaring opportunity.”

Looking at TikTok and other social media and gaming platforms, popular culture has youth fascinated and motivated, with approximately 60% of its 1bn users globally found in the GenZ age range. We already sing, dance, shoot videos and photos, why not build on this, and start to use these skills? What if we taught them how to do it safely, intelligently and with purpose. Minecraft For Education, for example, is a way to game and code at the same time, learning a new “language”.

MySociaLife approaches the challenge by not only teaching kids foundational digital skills but also their teachers and parents on how to direct youth to opportunities and realise potential, while at the same time ensuring online safety too – “two sides of the same coin.” A South African EdTech training platform, it allows schools to simply log in and learn using eight hours of video training for learners aged 8 to 18 including subjects such as online safety, privacy, cybersecurity, digital footprint, bullying and intimidation, fake news, and ways to build skills and generate income online.

The World Economic Forum listed its top 10 skills for “The Future of Work in 2025” and these included technology monitoring, use and control, and also technology design and programming, critical thinking, social influence, reasoning and stress tolerance. “We teach many of these skills to kids in schools and they respond with such energy and enthusiasm. It’s something that ignites them.”

“On World Youth Skills Day, this is a call to the government to understand both the challenges and the opportunities of media and digital literacy – and to accept how much they need to quickly grasp with regard to evolving popular culture, pre-teen and teen usage of devices simply because of the generational divide and technology divide. It could deliver a huge shift in employment, direction and momentum over time. We are completely missing this right now,” says McCoubrey.

“Even kids that are literate and have unlimited access are not fully utilising their devices and media platforms to their full potential. The outcome of digital citizenship is a more aware and responsible society because it reduces the negativity and polarity online, increases people’s ability to choose their next action, embracing the net for what it can offer – to share, to inform, to educate, to deliver income, to support, and much more. It’s apparent we would greatly benefit from this right now,” he concludes.

ADESSA WELCOMES HEAD START EDUCATION

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It is with great pleasure that we are welcoming Head Start Education as the latest member of ADESSA.

Head Start Education serves as the Gateway to Africa for the leading education companies from around the world and also helps distribute some of the leading education products in South Africa.

Head Start has an E-school solution where they have the best education providers from around the world and in South Africa as part of a “Netflix for Education” solution.  The product and catalogue contains over 20 000 activities, games, and videos from ages 2-18, covering all subjects from STEM, literacy, multiple intelligences, brain-training, etc.

Head Start also has a first of its kind, online coding school for kids and adults.

For more information you can reach out to Shivad – shivad@hstart.co (not.com)

ADESSA welcomes AOSIS as a member

The latest organization to join the ranks of ADESSA members is AOSIS – a big welcome to them!

AOSIS was established in 1999 and have been a CPD service provider for 21 years. This organization is the largest Open Access scholarly publisher in South Africa and has published 46 Academic Journals and more than 30 open-access Academic Books over the past two years. 

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AOSIS can transform your current content into interactive e-learning courses suitable for online teaching as well as blended learning. The solutions are tailored to specific learning needs and goals, creating the desired learner engagement (by keeping learning alive, relevant, useful and continuous) to spark the desired behavioural change.

Your learning strategy can be shaped through project management, instructional design, visual design, technology, learnability, and passion.

AOSIS services include:

  • Curriculum design
  • Scripting
  • Media design and production (including eLearning video and podcast production, voice-overs)
  • Interactive Content Development
  • SCORM Packages
  • Project management
  • Moodle LMS expertise
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Who is QUENTIN DAFFARN?

Known Magazine interviewed Instant Vitals and UC Wireless Director and founder,  Quentin Daffarn, to find out what’s behind the self-made millionaire. Take 5 minutes to find out more about him, his background, his business and lessons learned on his journey.

To read more, click here. 

UC Wireless is a member of ADESSA.

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Quentin Daffarn – Founder and Diretor of UC WIreless

MELIMU LMS WEBINAR

Does your old LMS address the needs of different users and not just learners? Probably NOT! Well, here comes our New-age LMS that makes fast deployment, easy customization, and offers features for various end-users.

The mElimu LMS not only simplifies the delivery of new-age learning. Designed for:  Quick installation and deployment  Simple economical customization  User-friendliness – for students, trainers, managers, administrators.

The next webinar session “Learning Management System: Features that Make it User-friendly” takes place on Friday, 11 December 2020, at 11:30 AM (Nairobi Time), 10:30 AM (South Africa Time).   We will show you mElimu LMS the User-Friendliness of the New-Age LMS and add on to the Traditional LMS to address student preferences, which make many of the features/functions available faster, easier, and easier to use.
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If you have any questions about this webinar, reply to askus@mElimu.com.

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App Saves Founder’s Life and Detects COVID-19 in His Colleague

Quentin Daffarn, founder of the Instant Vitals App, that launched in Sept 2020, was rushed to hospital after his own key vital signs health-risk screening app detected reduced blood oxygen levels through artificial Intelligence from skin regions of Daffarn’s face. The app immediately provides a green, amber or red risk classification for medical referral and saved Daffarn’s life.

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SA Company Launches A World First: AI-Based Risk Screening Mobile App – KEY FOR COVID-19

The Instant Vitals app converts a mobile phone into a key vital signs medical device that could save lives when screening for Covid-19 symptoms. The AI screening and risk management app safeguards people through detection of health risks by measuring key vital sign indicators.

South African company, UC-Wireless (Pty) Ltd, has launched Instant Vitals, the world’s first smart mobile-based app that provides advanced healthcare risk wellness and Covid-19 screening for business staff, clients and personal users. The app screens the main recognised symptoms and measures vital signs, which are key early indicators for health risk especially Covid-19, including oxygen saturation, heart rate and respiratory rate, using the mobile phone’s camera and Artificial Intelligence (AI) incorporated into the app, turning mobile devices into an easy-to-use clinical tool exhibiting an acceptable standard of medical device accuracy.

The presentation of Covid-19 in respect of the various signs and symptoms from several reviews, studies and reports, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), state that temperature measurement alone is ineffective in detecting a possible Covid-19 infection. Asymptomatic patients don’t reveal symptoms and aren’t aware of an infection. There’s proof that the critical early warning signs of Covid-19, include a reduction in oxygen saturation (below 95%), and/or a high resting heart rate (above 100 beats per minute), or an increase in respiratory rate (above 20 breaths per minute) in a resting person.

For more information, visit https://instant-vitals.com/

Quentin Daffarn
Quentin Daffarn – CEO of UC-Wireless