Astria Learning and the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) collaborate to improve Distance Learning in Africa

Astria Learning (https://AstriaLearning.com), the industry leader in developing technology that makes education accessible to everyone, is proud to announce that they are sponsoring the 2017 African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) board meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. The board meeting, which is slated for the 20th and 21st of September, 2017, signals an exciting time in which representatives from Astria Learning and ACDE board members strategize, develop and improve the delivery of E-learning in Africa.

ACDE is an organization comprising African universities and other institutions that are focused on providing world-class educational options across Africa through the use of distance and open learning. A partnership between ACDE and Astria Learning provides a nimble solution for the seamless delivery of ACDE’s educational objectives. Astria Learning is thrilled to demonstrate their skill and expertise in laying the technical groundwork necessary for ACDE member institutions to improve offering and management of their ODL programs.

Astria Learning developed several distinct management systems that work seamlessly together to deliver an effective experience for both ACDE personnel and the students it serves. For example, Astria Learning’s innovative campus management System (ACMS) provides an intuitive method of managing students throughout their educational journey. Their Payment Collection System accepts bank transfers, as well as debit and credit cards, to make it easier to reach students of all backgrounds.

Astria Learning’s vibrant and expansive E-library provides thousands of robust and timely educational resources that students can easily access any time for research purposes or further reading. The Learning Management System facilitates online distance learning (ODL) and engages students in new and robust ways that set them up for success in the ever-changing global business environment. Astria Learning also simplifies the process of purchasing educational devices such as tablets and laptops that are vital to the success of the students enrolled at ACDE member institutions.

Astria Learning is poised to help ACDE member institutions deliver cutting-edge educational opportunities to Africa that capture the talent, drive and ambition of its students and facilitate an environment that can change lives; and its flexible and secure solutions provide a scalable setting that is both nimble and robust to meet the demands of a premier educational organization.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Astria Learning.

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Melanie@AstriaLearning.com

About Astria Learning:
Astria Learning’s origins are rooted in an understanding of the processes and problems that educational institutions face. Their innovative and customer-centric approach delivers solutions that support the improved delivery and quality of education around the globe. Learn more by visiting their website (https://AstriaLearning.com) or contacting them (http://APO.af/kaeztw).

About African Council for Distance Education:
As a continental educational organization, the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) is dedicated to delivering high-quality training and education to students across Africa, regardless of their geographical location. As a pioneer in the development and implementation of ODL opportunities, the members of ACDE are committed to changing the lives of those it serves. More information can be found on their website (www.ACDEAfrica.org) or by contacting them (http://APO.af/1zS3tp).

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Astria Learning and the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) collaborate to improve Distance Learning in Africa

Astria Learning (https://AstriaLearning.com), the industry leader in developing technology that makes education accessible to everyone, is proud to announce that they are sponsoring the 2017 African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) board meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. The board meeting, which is slated for the 20th and 21st of September, 2017, signals an exciting time in which representatives from Astria Learning and ACDE board members strategize, develop and improve the delivery of E-learning in Africa.

ACDE is an organization comprising African universities and other institutions that are focused on providing world-class educational options across Africa through the use of distance and open learning. A partnership between ACDE and Astria Learning provides a nimble solution for the seamless delivery of ACDE’s educational objectives. Astria Learning is thrilled to demonstrate their skill and expertise in laying the technical groundwork necessary for ACDE member institutions to improve offering and management of their ODL programs.

Astria Learning developed several distinct management systems that work seamlessly together to deliver an effective experience for both ACDE personnel and the students it serves. For example, Astria Learning’s innovative campus management System (ACMS) provides an intuitive method of managing students throughout their educational journey. Their Payment Collection System accepts bank transfers, as well as debit and credit cards, to make it easier to reach students of all backgrounds.

Astria Learning’s vibrant and expansive E-library provides thousands of robust and timely educational resources that students can easily access any time for research purposes or further reading. The Learning Management System facilitates online distance learning (ODL) and engages students in new and robust ways that set them up for success in the ever-changing global business environment. Astria Learning also simplifies the process of purchasing educational devices such as tablets and laptops that are vital to the success of the students enrolled at ACDE member institutions.

Astria Learning is poised to help ACDE member institutions deliver cutting-edge educational opportunities to Africa that capture the talent, drive and ambition of its students and facilitate an environment that can change lives; and its flexible and secure solutions provide a scalable setting that is both nimble and robust to meet the demands of a premier educational organization.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Astria Learning.

Media contact:
Melanie Munger
Director of Client Engagement
Melanie@AstriaLearning.com

About Astria Learning:
Astria Learning’s origins are rooted in an understanding of the processes and problems that educational institutions face. Their innovative and customer-centric approach delivers solutions that support the improved delivery and quality of education around the globe. Learn more by visiting their website (https://AstriaLearning.com) or contacting them (http://APO.af/kaeztw).

About African Council for Distance Education:
As a continental educational organization, the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) is dedicated to delivering high-quality training and education to students across Africa, regardless of their geographical location. As a pioneer in the development and implementation of ODL opportunities, the members of ACDE are committed to changing the lives of those it serves. More information can be found on their website (www.ACDEAfrica.org) or by contacting them (http://APO.af/1zS3tp).

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Menstruation does not mean early marriage for girl child, President Museveni

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called for the economic empowerment of young girls if child marriages are to end.

The President who was accompanied by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni was today speaking at a high level side event on the margins of the 72 Session of the United Nations General Assembly under the theme; Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate Child Marriage in Africa by 2030 at the UNICEF Labouisse Hall in New York.

President Museveni said that because of poverty, parents marry off their children so that their husbands can look after them but if the young girls are empowered economically and through education and skills, this could reduce on the rate of child marriages as the girls would spend more years in school.

“In the past many young girls in the old African societies were immediately married off the moment they started their menstrual periods due to poor knowledge about biology. Biology now tells us that menstruation does not mean a child is ready for marriage,” he said.

Citing Uganda, the President said that there is need to sensitize people about the right age for one to get married and then for the governments to come up with laws that ban early child marriages. “Once we sensitized Ugandans that before the age of 18 children are too young to be married government legislated and banned marriage before the age of 18 years,” he said.

President Museveni added that there is need follow up the discussion with action, and to find social programs to occupy children such as free education so that children of the poor can study and acquire skills.

According to UNICEF, more than 700 million girls and women alive today were married as children. Child marriage is a violation of human rights, compromising the development of girls and often resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation. Young married girls face onerous domestic burdens, constrained decision-making and reduced life choices. This is a human rights violation on a vast scale and a major obstacle to sustainable development. While the practice of child marriage has slowly been declining, particularly for girls under age 15, additional, more concerted efforts are needed to accelerate the pace of change.

The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage offers a framework promoting the right of girls to delay marriage, addressing the conditions that keep the practice in place, and caring for girls already in union.

The programme targets adolescent girls (ages 10-19) at risk of child marriage or already in union, in 12 selected countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia.

President Edgar Lungu Chagwa of the Republic of Zambia said that if there is no reduction in child marriages, up to 280 million more girls alive today are at risk of becoming brides before they turn 18 and that the effects of population growth mean that this number will approach 320 million by 2050.

“If current trends continue, the total number of women alive today that were married in childhood will grow from more than 700 million to almost 1 billion women and girls by 2030,” he said.

President Arthur Peter Mutharika of the Republic of Malawi called for political commitment to enable girls at the risk of child marriage to choose and direct their own futures, supporting households in demonstrating positive attitudes towards adolescent girls, and strengthening the systems that deliver services to adolescent girls.

“It will also seek to ensure laws and policies protect and promote adolescent girls’ rights, and highlight the importance of using robust data to inform policies relating to adolescent girls,” he said.

The Executive Director UN Women Phunzile Malmbo Ngcuka, the Canadian Deputy Minister for International Development Diane Jacovella, the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liliane Ploumen, the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs H.E Mrs. Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil, the Deputy Executive Director UNFPA Ms. Laura Londen and the African Union Goodwill Ambassador for Ending Child Marriages Ms. Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda attended the event.

Distributed by APO on behalf of State House Uganda.

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USTDA connects U.S. energy industry to business opportunities in South Africa

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Solafrica Energy (Pty) Ltd., a developer of utility-scale solar power plants in Southern Africa, for a pilot project that demonstrates the performance of an energy storage system based on Primus Power Corporation’s (California) EnergyPod2® technology.

The EnergyPod2® is a long-duration energy storage system based on zinc-bromine flow batteries. The pilot will demonstrate the performance of this energy storage system under South Africa’s electric grid conditions at the large-scale energy storage test and demonstration facility of Eskom, South Africa’s national electricity utility.

The pilot will include a series of assessments to determine applications where long-duration energy storage has the greatest value on South Africa’s electric grid and will generate an implementation plan for the deployment of Primus Power’s energy storage systems throughout the country. Large-scale deployments of energy storage on South Africa’s electric grid will increase the capacity of the grid, support further integration of renewable energy resources, and offset the use of diesel fuel for peaking power and backup power generation.

“USTDA is pleased to support this project that will increase energy storage capacity in South Africa and ultimately expand access to affordable, reliable electricity,” said Lida Fitts, Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director at USTDA. “The project will display the value and applications of innovative U.S. technologies in a growing and important sector in South Africa.”

“South Africa’s rapid increase in renewable energy integration has introduced challenges related to intermittent power generation,” said Nasi Rwigema, Project Director of Solafrica Energy. “Innovative and cost-effective energy storage solutions will add great value to energy users and electricity network operators alike.”

“As a continent, Africa has the majority of the world’s population without access to reliable electricity,” commented Tom Stepien, CEO of Primus Power. “By commencing this pilot with the support of USTDA, we aim to demonstrate the performance, reliability, durability and cost competitiveness of our EnergyPod2® system and apply it in order to satisfy energy storage needs in South Africa, and additional countries in Africa, for years to come.”

This pilot project was submitted through USTDA’s previous proposal window for energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. USTDA currently has a new call for initial proposals from energy project sponsors or U.S. companies working in the region. Interested parties must submit an initial concept paper by 5:00pm Eastern Time on September 25, 2017 and may refer to the press release as well as USTDA’s full proposal guidelines available on its website.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

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