Burhani Engineers’ computer programme in Kenya to boost STEM Education

Burhani Engineers Limited (http://BurhaniEngineers.com) signed a partnership with the Kibera Sub-County government to provide computer systems and Engineering Power Classes to pupils within the county.

The distribution is aimed at increasing interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and preparing the grassroots demographic for more technology-based career opportunities.

The Burhani support is coming on a backdrop of a recent study by the US department of education that projects an increase in STEM jobs.

The study shows that students perusing mathematics increase their chances of obtaining a job by 16 per cent, computer system analysis by 22 per cent, system software development by 32 per cent, medical scientists by 36 per cent and biomedical engineering by a whopping 62 per cent.

This support is good news for the country’s digital learning programme that is set to instill computer studies into pupils from class one.

Mid this year, the government embarked on its free lap top project by distributing over 12,000 learning devices to 150 public primary schools as the pilot for Digital Literacy Programme.

The government intends to distribute 1.2 million devices to public primary schools across the country by next year in a programme that has since been re-branded Digi School.

The partnership, signed between Burhani Engineers Limited represented by the Managing Director Mr. Zoher Pirbhai, Kibera sub-county Directorate of Education, represented by Mrs. Lydia Mutegi and the Kibra MP’s Office represented by Ann Ithara, will see at least 10 schools receive 10 computers in the first round.

Moderated by Funke Michaels-Miano, an MIT and Harvard University Fellow, the initiative will benefit Kibra schools including Kibera Primary, Toi Primary, Mbagathi Primary, Olympic Primary, Redrose school, Kibera Secondary, Mbagathi secondary, Olympic secondary and the sub-county education directorate.

“East Africa is industrializing at a very rapid pace; and our population needs to align with emerging opportunities. We need our workforce to have the necessary skills to be competitive in these highly technical areas. We see a situation whereby we can reach to the young talents, nature their talent and improve their Knowledge in ICT” Mr. Zoher Pirbhai said.

He added that the Engineering Power Classes will be taught once a week in the schools by Burhani team members. Being a second generation engineer himself, Zoher explored the role of corporate citizens in imparting hands-on knowledge within the community.

As champions for the next generation of engineers, and as talented colleagues in related fields, the forward-looking team at Burhani Engineers are perfect examples of #AfricaRising with many champions coming up among us.

In her remarks, Mrs. Lydia Mutegi a veteran teacher herself, thanked the firm for the initiative and assured them that the computers will be put into good use.

“This initiative has come up at the right time”, Mrs. Lydia Mutegi said. “The area MP is currently constructing additional secondary schools here, and I know that the computers and power classes will be of great assistance. I urge other organisations to follow this example and help us improve the level of education in this country.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of Burhani Engineers Ltd.

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The Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Egypt

In the framework of joint cooperation between the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and UN Habitat, a seminar titled “the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Egypt” will be held to discuss the NUA that was adopted in the conference of HABITAT III – Quito, Ecuador with the engagement of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The Conference is now widely considered to be among the most inclusive and innovative United Nations conferences. The NUA lays out standards and principles for the planning, construction, development, management, and improvement of urban areas.

The NUA incorporates a new recognition of the correlation between good urbanization and development and in this context, we would like to invite you to attend the seminar to be held on Wednesday 26th of July 2017 at Grand Nile Tower Hotel, Garden City, Corniche El Nile at “Akhnaton” meeting room from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. It will discuss three main topics: Urban Challenges, Informal Settlements, and Development of the New Urban Communities.

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Security Council Committee Concerning Libya Adds the Name of a Vessel to its Sanctions List

On 21 July 2017, the Committee approved the addition of the entry specified below to its List of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and other measures relating to attempts to illicitly export petroleum, including crude oil and refined petroleum products, from Libya (the Libya Sanctions List), set out in paragraphs 15 and/or 17 of Security Council resolution 1970 (2011) and/or paragraph 19 of resolution 1973 (2011), or paragraph 10 of resolution 2146 (2014) as extended and modified by paragraph 2 of resolution 2362 (2017), adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations:

B. Entities and other groups


A.k.a.: na F.k.a.: na Address: na Listed on: 21 Jul. 2017 Other information: IMO: 8900878. Listed pursuant to paragraphs 10(a) and 10 (b) of resolution 2146 (2014), as extended and modified by paragraph 2 of resolution 2362 (2017) (prohibition to load, transport or discharge; prohibition to enter ports). Pursuant to paragraph 11 of resolution 2146, this designation is valid from 21 July to 21 October 2017, unless terminated earlier by the Committee pursuant to paragraph 12 of resolution 2146. Flag State: Tanzania. As of 16 July 2017, the vessel was located off shore Cyprus.

The Committee has made accessible on its website the narrative summary of reasons for listing of the above entry, at the following URL: www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1970/materials/summaries-0.

The updated List is accessible on the Committee’s website at the following URL: www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1970/materials.

The Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List is also updated following all changes made to the Libya Sanctions List. An updated version of the Consolidated List is accessible via the following URL:
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Closing the Libyan migration route is an increasingly important European interest

Closing the Libyan migration route is an increasingly important European interest

According the Prime Minster’s Chief Security Advisor, György Bakondi, Libya’s security and the closure of the Libyan migration route is increasingly becoming an outstanding European interest in view of the fact that huge numbers of people who are not political refugees have set out for Europe from Sub-Saharan Africa and many more are waiting in preparation.

Speaking on Hungarian M1 television’s Sunday afternoon current affairs program, Mr. Bakondi said: “Economic migrants are setting out for Europe in the hope of a better life, and believe that If they succeed in crossing the Mediterranean, ‘usually with the help of NGOs and people smugglers’, then they can settle in Europe, but the Hungarian Government does not agree”.

“This mass of people must be ‘intercepted’ in Libya, on the Mediterranean, or at Libya’s southern border”, he said, adding that this is why several countries, including Hungary, have already put forward proposals at European Union level for the establishment of a European army, in view of the fact that the security issues that need solving, such as peacekeeping and border closure, require military action, not police action.

Mr. Bakondi repeated the Government’s standpoint according to which the assessment of who is entitled to asylum status should be performed in so-called hotspots established outside the borders of the European Union, and only those should be allowed to enter the EU “who do not represent a danger to national security”.

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