TechCabal is convening leading Edtech entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers at its next Townhall
The event will showcase the progress that has been made as well as take on the big problems in the sector.
On November 29, 2019, at 9 am, TechCabal is hosting key stakeholders including regulators and government agencies, investors, entrepreneurs, NGOs, social enterprises and schools at its TC Townhall: Edtech & the Future of Work. Over the course of the event, they’ll discuss the impact of technology on education today and the ways it is changing the way Africans work.
This Edtech focused Townhall is the fifth in a series of sector-focused events organized by TechCabal and it will examine the education technology sector across Africa and the way it is preparing Africa’s youth for success in a technologically driven world. The event will feature fireside chats, panel sessions, interactive workshops and product demos aimed at providing deep insights about the sector, the regulatory and infrastructural challenges that exist and what all stakeholders need to do to grow the industry.
Confirmed speakers for the event include Gossy Ukanwoke, Founder, Beni American University; Femi Taiwo, Executive Director, LEAP Africa; Tunji Adegbesan, CEO/Founder, GidiMobile; Kola Aina, Founding Partner, Ventures Platform and Chairman, Edu Platforms. These speakers alongside other tech leaders will highlight the key imperatives for using technology to transform how African youths learn and acquire skills.
Children across the continent are not ready for future jobs as a result of the outdated curriculum in use in many of its schools. Although there’s been significant progress with enrolment, there’s not been a parallel increase in learning. Experts have described this as a learning crisis.
The implication is that as children move through the school system and into the world of work, they lack the skills they need to get jobs or in other cases start a business. The emergence of exponential technologies including artificial intelligence and robotics complicates the problem. These require a new set of skills that the school system in many parts of Africa is not equipped to deliver.
Edtech startups and organizations including Decagon and STEM Cafe are filling the gap left by an outdated curriculum to prepare young people for the jobs of the future. Others including ULessons and PrepClass are helping to improve learning outcomes.
On the other end of the spectrum, a number of innovators are working to solve the challenges of basic access to education and skills training including funding. Tanzanian startup, Ubongo Kids is helping more young Africans get access to basic skills via edutaining content they can consume via radio and feature phones. There’s also Schoolable, an edtech startup that is helping school owners and parents get access to credit.
“Our education sector requires urgent attention and that it is putting mildly. Fortunately, we’ve seen a rise in innovators and entrepreneurs using technology to improve learning outcomes as well as increasing access to education and skills training. This event will see us discussing how these solutions scale quickly to have a huge impact across the continent,” said Tomiwa Aladekomo, CEO of Big Cabal Media which owns TechCabal, a publication focused on African innovation and technology. “Our goal with this townhall is to convene all stakeholders to address the issues limiting the growth of the sector ” he added.
Since the first TC Townhall on Fintech held in partnership with Softcom in November 2018, the event series has convened the most influential leaders in each sector including Health Tech, Renewable Energy and Mobility.
TC Townhall: Edtech & the Future of Work is possible with support from Zone Tech Park.
Please find more details about the event below:
Friday, November 29, 2019
Zone Tech Park
Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme,
Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway
Additional information about the event is available at www.techcabal.com/event/edtech and tickets can be purchased here: https://techcabal.myshopify.com/7424671799/checkouts/4420fa273c7419a511f20a667192ad32?channel=buy_button. Early bird discounts (10%) are available with the code TCEDTECH until November 15. Corporate discounts are available for teams of five (5) or more. Click the following link to get the discount: https://techcabal.myshopify.com/discount/TCE003TEAM?redirect=%2Fproducts%2Ftc-townhall-edtech-future-of-work
Founded in 2013, TechCabal is a future-focused publication that speaks in-depth to African innovation and technology. In addition to well researched and written articles, reports and expert opinions on the main website, we publish the TC Daily newsletter, the most comprehensive roundup of technology around Africa. The TC Daily arrives in inboxes Monday through Friday at 7 am WAT and can also be accessed on the website. For more information visit www.techcabal.com, and follow www.twitter.com/TechCabal and www.instagram.com/techcabal.
About TC Townhalls
TC Townhalls are themed talks that bring key stakeholders together to discuss critical issues. In addition to the painstakingly curated content, the audience mix creates learning and networking opportunities that are incredibly valuable to the attendees and afford attendees the opportunity to build their talent, M&A and investment pipelines. TC Townhalls also include sideline activations like office hours, legal advisory clinics, tax compliance workshops and other sector-specific value-adds.
About Big Cabal Media
Big Cabal Media (BCM) is a Nigerian digital media company creating super-engaging content that African youth audiences love. We lead the most engaging conversations around culture, innovation, entrepreneurship, entertainment and all the things that matter to the youth today. Its publications include Zikoko and TechCabal.
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