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How Early Do We Expect Learners To Embrace Technology?

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The second Mastercard Foundation Edtech Monday discussion was hosted by Bernard Avle of Citi FM on 25th April, 2022. It was a really exciting and revealing discussion with two amazing Ghanaian women who are involved in education, Dr. Naomi Agyepong, Director of Operations, Alpha Beta Educational Centers and Mrs. Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh Secretary General, Ghana Commission for UNESCO. They discussed how technology can help inculcate literacy and numeracy skills and provide strong foundations for learning. They also discussed the best way to use technology in a typical Ghanaian classroom and also effectively harnessing the Edtech ecosystem to advance learning.

Key questions around which the conversation revolved were: “What are some of the tools used in early childhood development?”  How do these tools provide a rich learning environment for todays young learner?”

 In the view of Dr. Agyepong, the kind of technological tool used, depends on the objective for its usage:

For every digital experience, the educator needs to think of what the child is going to get out of it. The teacher must think of how the material being used, is going to enhance the learning experience of the child.

Fundamentally, the objective of early childhood education is to improve the child morally, socially, physically and mentally, and the inclusion of technology should aim to enhance this objective she added. She also indicated that there is a lot of content and tools, such as apps, which use interactive content – like games, to reinforce childrens practice of basic numeracy and literacy skills, as well as critical thinking. However, exposure should be purposeful and strictly supervised.

At what age should young children be introduced to technology, in terms of encouraging them to read and write?

Research done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as reported by Dr. Abishai Anlimeh, gave an age-appropriate limit to which tech devices can be used:Researchers recommend strongly against the use of technological devices by children under 18 months old. Children between the ages of 18 and 24 months can be introduced but should not be allowed to spend more than 30 minutes a day on these tech devices, including television. From the ages of 2 to 5, they recommend that a child does not spend more than one hour per day on these devices. At age 6 to 12, the time can be extended to 2 hours. Dr. Anlimeh advised that parents should train their children to use devices in moderation. Content consumed on digital devices should be educative, instructional and inspirational. According to Dr. Anlimeh, there are research findings that report that the mind fully develops between ages 18 and 24 years, therefore, parents should supervise and make sure children are consuming the right content in their brain development phase.

What are some of the gaps and opportunities in the early childhood education sector in Ghana in general?

Early childhood in Ghana is taken as from 4 years to 8 years old. Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh stated that since a lot of young children are not able to initially use these technologies by themselves, it is important to make certain distinctions with regards to usage: When talking about educational technologies for this age group, you must look at using the technology with them, by them and for them.

Various educational policy documents like the Childhood Education Policy Framework 2021 and the Curriculum for Pre-school 2019, acknowledge the importance of the use of digital devices at early stages of child development. The early childhood stage is when the functional capabilities of the brain are developed and education at this stage has a great influence on later performance in life. Given that technology has become an integral part of the world, it is very necessary that young children are not only socialized with other humans and their immediate environments, but with technology as well.

In response to the gaps in the early childhood education sector in Ghana, Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh stated that the policies only acknowledge the importance but do not clearly give directions on how we intend to go about getting children socialized with technology:
Considering our limitations as a country, it may not be feasible to give every child a device, but we are looking at educational technologies with, by and for the children. So, one of the easiest means is to start looking at for the children, [that is] the use of these devices by the teachers to aid in researching and learning. As a country, that is the kind of conversation we need to have. We need digital tools to help. How we are going to go about it is the question.

Dr. Agyepong reiterated the need to figure out how digital skills can be provided for the mass of children: If things like projectors and large television screens can be made available, that, at least, is a stop gap measure to reach children who may not have devices in their home. Whatever solutions we come up with have to be scalable to make a huge impact”.

Regarding the question of when the use of technology for child learning is appropriate and effective, Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh stated that, it may be helpful for the country to have a clear policy on how we intend to advance digital education in Ghana.

How to support young learners in their development using technology and what the public sector institutions can learn from private sector institutions.

Dr. Agyepong stated that a child should not necessarily have a device in front of them to pick up certain skills: There are many things that can be done to instill learning of STEM in young children. Something as basic as play can still get them to have an interest in science. [For instance], playing in water can teach sinking and floating”. She went on: Obviously, when it comes to technology, if a teacher has access to a device, it makes a huge difference. It makes a difference in what they know and what they are able to teach a child. According to her, accessibility is important and in the public sector context, when it comes to internet and technology, teachers need to be provided a way to access them; for instance, having one lab in each community so that a child does not have to own a device but is given access, at least once per week, will make a huge difference.

Closing remarks

Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh suggested that we begin to think about content if digital education is to be a part of our curriculum: We should make sure that our songs, stories, etc. can be found online, and examples found online look like us. She also advised that despite the negatives that also come with children having access to the internet, parents should look more at the positive side technology brings. She reemphasized the importance of close supervision: Make sure [the content] is purposeful and appropriate. She further advised parents to make sure their children are not left behind by providing supplementary technology experience at home.

Dr. Naomi Agyepong also advised that digital experience in the classroom should be complemented by discussion. She stated that, there are lots of content, but not all are helpful, so parents need to scrutinize the kind of content their children consume. She further suggested that parents consider technology outside the classroom such as coding and robotics.

EdTech Monday is an initiative of the Mastercard Foundation’s Regional Centre for Teaching and Learning in ICT.

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Check out the three smartphones selling under GHS1,400 and keep an eye on the new HUAWEI nova Y70

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The idea behind entry-level smartphones is to offer good features at an accessible price for those who prioritize the most important factor when purchasing a phone. The fact that they are getting better and better every year makes them a good option for anybody looking for excellent value for money. Here, we have compiled a list of the top entry-level smartphones you can buy now in Ghana for under GHS 1,400. Comparing the features and specs of different phones will help you in your purchase decision, and most importantly, you get to see why the new HUAWEI nova Y70 stands out from the crowd with its solid features!

 

HUAWEI nova Y70

The best thing about the HUAWEI nova Y70 is the huge battery size. The 6000mAh battery it packs can power the phone for 3 days after one full charge. For you, this makes life a lot easier. Whether traveling, gaming, or watching shows on the phone, the long-lasting battery lets you do it without worry. But not only is the battery big, but it also charges up quickly with the 22.5W HUAWEI SuperCharge. Plug it in for 10 minutes while you are at work, and you will have enough power to enjoy 3 hours of video playback to kill time when commuting.

 

It also gives you an immersive visual experience with the expansive 6.75-inch HUAWEI FullView Display. Images, videos, and games will look vivid and mesmerizing on this screen. The narrow bezels and small notch in the middle are stylish and give the phone a high screen-to-body ratio of 90.26%. Thanks to smart dimming technology, the display can automatically adjust the screen brightness according to the ambient light, providing a comfortable viewing experience.

 

If you are looking for a smartphone with great cameras to push your creativity, then the HUAWEI nova Y70’s AI Triple Camera is all you need. It features a 48MP High-res Main Camera, a 120° 5MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera, and a 2MP Depth Camera. Thanks to the f/1.8 aperture of the 48MP High-res Main Camera, it allows for more light when shooting resulting in clean-looking photos. Coupled with the optimized Huawei algorithms, HUAWEI nova Y70 greatly enhances the quality of the images. The Ultra-Wide Angle Camera helps you easily fit lots of people, magnificent landscapes, and architecture in one frame. The 2MP Depth Camera works with the innovative bokeh algorithm to blur the background, allowing your subject to stand out. The 8MP front camera also supports the bokeh effect to blur the background when taking selfies. Huawei’s AI Beauty algorithm can capture selfies in crisp detail with a natural beautifying effect and intelligently improves issues like image sharpness and digital noise to preserve details in your selfies.

 

On top of that, the vast 128GB of storage is sufficient to store all your favorite TV shows, songs, and movies. But just in case you want more, you can always expand the storage up to 512GB using a MicroSD card. The trusted, innovative, user-friendly, and secure AppGallery is available on the HUAWEI nova Y70, where users can easily navigate, explore, find and easily download a wide range of high-quality apps.

 

Samsung Galaxy A13

The 5000mAh battery of the Samsung A13 is good enough, although much smaller than that of the HUAWEI nova Y70, capacity-wise. However, it only supports 15W charging speed which means the battery will take more time to fill up. The display size is 6.6 inches, with considerably thick bezels around it. As a result, the screen-to-body ratio is only 83.2%. The selfie camera here uses an 8MP sensor. The phone comes with up to 128GB of storage and supports MicroSD cards.

 

Samsung Galaxy A22

The battery capacity and the charging speed of the Samsung Galaxy A22 are the same as the A13. Samsung seems to follow a simple design for this phone. The display of the A22 is 6.4 inches. The screen-to-body ratio is 84.3%. In this case, also, you get a quad-camera system consisting of a 48MP main shooter, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor. Finally, the phone comes with 64GB and 128GB storage options with a dedicated MicroSD slot.

 

Conclusion

The huge 6000mAh battery with 22.5W HUAWEI SuperCharge, the immersive 6.75 inches HUAWEI FullView Display, and a great set of cameras makes the HUAWEI nova Y70 the best phone at this price point. So, if you are looking for a smartphone that meets all your expectations under GHS1,400, definitely go for the HUAWEI nova Y70.

 

Buy Huawei nova Y70 now for GHS 1,379 via either the Consumer website, at the Huawei Experience Store Accra Mall, or any Accredited Retail Stores and get gifts valued up to GHS 109.

 

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Why Should You Use CBD Salve For Nerve Pain

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CBD salve is a topical application that contains hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). CBD salves are known to be effective for treating pain and inflammation. Research suggests that CBD may also be effective in treating nerve pain.

The nerves themselves can be damaged and cause nerve pain. This can occur as a result of an injury, surgery, or disease. When the protective covering around the nerves is damaged, it can lead to inflammation and pain. Inflammatory properties are known to be present in CBD, which may help to reduce nerve pain and inflammation.

Do you want to buy CBD Salve online? At Nature’s Wealth, you can buy 1000mg CBD Salve.

CBD may also help to protect the nerves from further damage. A study in Neurobiology of Aging found that CBD was effective in reducing the inflammation and cell death associated with oxidative stress, which is a common cause of nerve damage.

In order to relieve nerve pain, CBD salve may be worth considering. CBD salves are safe and easy to use, and they offer a wide range of potential health benefits.

Can You Apply CBD Salve Everyday For Nerve Pain?

A number of studies have shown that CBD can help to reduce inflammation and pain in a variety of different conditions.

CBD salve is a topical application of CBD. This means that it is applied directly to the skin, where it can then be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Topical applications of CBD have a number of benefits over other forms of administration. They are fast-acting and convenient. They also avoid the potential for drug interactions that can occur when CBD is taken orally.

 

Coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax are typically used as carriers in CBD salves. This helps to ensure that the CBD is evenly distributed and can be easily absorbed by the skin.

 

When applied to the skin, CBD salves can provide relief from chronic pain in a matter of minutes. The effects typically last for several hours.

 

If you are considering using CBD salve for your chronic pain, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, find a reputable brand. You can buy CBD products in various forms, and they’re not all the same.

Make sure to do your research and choose a company that uses high-quality ingredients and manufactures its products in an FDA-registered facility.

Regarding point two, it is best to increase the dose gradually and start slowly. Everyone responds to CBD differently, so you should find the right dose for you.

You should also avoid using more than the recommended dose, as this could result in adverse side effects.

If you are looking for an effective way to manage your chronic pain, CBD salve may be worth considering. In most cases, you should find relief from your symptoms within minutes.

 

Are you considering buying CBD Salve online? You can find it at Nature’s Wealth online store.

 

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5 Tips on Using THCV Products

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The cannabis plant contains over 400 different chemicals, including over 60 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in cannabis that interact with our bodies. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the two best-known cannabinoids, but there are many others, including CBG (cannabigerol), CBC (cannabichromene), and THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin).

THCV is a cannabinoid that is similar to THC in some ways, but it also has some important differences. THCV is thought to have many potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved metabolism, and reduced anxiety. However, very little research has been done on THCV so far, so we don’t know a lot about its effects.

When it comes to buying THCV products online, there are a few things you should know in order to make the best decision for your needs. First of all, what is THCV? THCV is a cannabinoid found in cannabis that has a wide range of potential benefits, including weight loss, appetite suppression, and improved metabolism. Secondly, where is the best place to buy THCV products?

The answer to this question depends on a few factors, such as your location and what type of product you are looking for. In general, however, there are a few reputable online retailers that sell THCV products, such as AHDIst. Finally, what are the benefits of using THCV products?

Some potential benefits of using THCV products include weight loss, appetite suppression, and improved metabolism. Additionally, THCV has been shown to be effective in treating seizures and other neurological disorders. If you are interested in trying THCV products, be sure to do your research and purchase from a reputable source.

If you’re thinking about buying THCV products, there are a few things you should know first. In this article, we’ll cover important things to consider before buying THCV products online so that you don’t get ripped off or buy something of low quality.

  • 1) Make sure to do your research before buying THCV products online. There are a lot of scams out there, so you want to be sure you’re buying from a reputable source.

 

  • 2) Make sure the product you’re buying is high quality. THCV products are expensive, so you don’t want to waste your money on something that’s not going to be effective.

 

  • 3) Make sure you know what you’re taking. THCV can interact with other medications, so it’s important to know what you’re taking and how it will affect your body before you take it.

 

  • 4) Be sure to start with a low dose. THCV products are potent, so you don’t want to overdo it and end up feeling sick or uncomfortable. Start with a low dose and increase as needed.

 

  • 5) Be aware of the side effects. THCV can cause some side effects, including anxiety and dizziness. If you experience any of these, stop taking the product and consult your doctor.

Following these tips will help you make sure you have a positive experience with THCV products.

Is THCV Legal?

Different states have different laws regarding THC and its derivatives. Some states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, while others have not. This means that the legality of THCV products can vary depending on where you live.

Before buying any THCV products, it is important to research the laws in your state. Some states may only allow the purchase of THCV products for medical purposes, while others may not allow them at all. Be sure to check with your local laws before making any purchases.

When you are in need of bulk THCV, you can visit Alternative Health Distribution.

 

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L’OREAL announces two laureates of its 2022 hair and skin research grant in collaboration with the only pan-African Dermatology Society in Africa

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Two grant winners were awarded 20 000 euros at a prestigious award ceremony by an external independent jury of seven medical and science experts from Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and France. The jury was led by Dr Peninah Kitili, a consultant in pediatrics, dermatology and venereology – the first physician in Kenya to specialise in three fields.

Over 30 research project proposals were received from 13 African countries for the fifth edition of the L’Oréal Africa Hair and Skin Research Grant, managed by L’Oréal Group’s  Medical Department, part of L’Oréal Research and Innovation Division.  “We are very proud of our winners who are conducting important research projects in Africa, Dr Ehiaghe ANABA Lagos State University College of Medicine for her research on “Trichoscopic characteristics of the healthy and richly pigmented scalp of Nigerians” and Dr Lamissa CISSE Hôpital de Dermatologie de Bamako for his research on “Skin microbiota and acne of adult women in Bamako: Case control study”. The research is focused on broadening the data on African hair and skin which will translate into new guidelines for hair and skin care for men and women on the continent.” Says Dr Peninah Kitili, Jury president 2022.

L’Oréal’s commitment to a scientific approach in understanding skin and hair in all its socio-environmental dimensions, is evident in its development of personalised products driven by the Research & Innovation center in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The dedication to building research in Africa through collaboration with local dermatologists, scientists and universities has been relentless.

Read Also: The cheapest package for fans attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup from Ghana will cost 37,443.4 cedis ($4,710)

This is an excellent initiative by L’Oréal to encourage research in Africa by Africans on African skin and hair. Thought leaders such as scientists and academics with extraordinary ideas and revolutionary theories for change, can prepare for the future. Developing and testing theories require continuous and consistent research, and this research is dependent on significant investments.  While research is an important part of academia, it can also be very expensive. Fortunately, companies like L’Oréal continue to encourage and support research in the field of ethnic skin and hair” Professor Ncoza Dlova, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, 2015 laureate.

The 3rd biennial conference of the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV), held alongside the 16th  annual conference of the National Association of Dermatologists in Nigeria from   22nd and 24th June in Port Harcourt, Nigeria is an important strategic partnership for L’Oréal Research & Innovation Division. These conferences bring together world-renowned experts and past L’Oréal grant winners. This conference looks into the future with an innovative medical attention to dermatology for hair and skin care on the continent, with participation from health systems and government officials.

“The objective of the Medical Directorate is to support hair and skin physiology scientific research by dermatologist and scientists worldwide. These new scientific data discovered in each country thanks to the local health specialists pave the way of innovative skin care and hair care, according to local environmental context.  We are also working to enpower  and make more visible the African medical experts and scientists during workshops, through their communication of this work at national and international conferences and thanks to peer reviewed publications of the L’Oréal sponsored research works. For more than 15 years, these efforts have led to the gathering of dermatologists from the whole African continent and  the strengthening of skin s research by Africans in Africa.” Dr. Michele Verschoore, Medical Director, L’Oréal Research & Innovation, France

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The cheapest package for fans attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup from Ghana will cost 37,443.4 cedis ($4,710)

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The cheapest package for fans attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup from Ghana will cost 37,443.4cedis ($4,710). This was disclosed today at the launch of the Kenpong Travel & Tours 2022 FIFA World Cup Packages in Accra. (more…)

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Mara Wallet: The Cool New Way To Begin Your Crypto Journey

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Mara, a pan-African company that offers an ever-expanding suite of crypto products, has announced the pre-launch of the Mara Wallet, a portal to the cryptoeconomy focused on helping people begin their journey towards conveniently managing their crypto-finance needs, take a major step toward financial freedom, and learn more about cryptocurrency and blockchain in Africa.

The Mara Wallet is a fast and secure multi-currency crypto wallet that gives Africans control over their cryptocurrency. Offering both user-facing products and core infrastructure, Mara reveals a product roadmap that enables users to easily buy, sell, send, withdraw, store, and protect a wide range of fiat and crypto-assets (such as cryptocurrencies and NFTs) in real time and without any prior crypto knowledge.

“At Mara, we are committed to the financial empowerment of the individuals that use our products and services to meet their various crypto-finance needs, and take responsibility in building an informed community seriously,” Chi Nnadi, Co-Founder and CEO at Mara, said while commenting on the pre-launch of the Mara Wallet. “As one of our first steps to achieve crypto education, financial literacy, and ensuring a more equitable distribution of capital, we are delighted to pre-launch the Mara Wallet. Our goal is to get Sub-Saharan individuals started on their journey to leverage a financial infrastructure that they can build their lives upon and make the most of the financial-growth opportunities available in the cryptoeconomy.”

The Mara Wallet waitlist, which is the core mechanic of the pre-launch app, is aimed at crypto-curious and crypto-enthusiast users alike who seek early access to the exchange. Through it they will unlock financial rewards that give users the perfect jumpstart into the #cryptoeconomy.

While describing how the Mara Wallet waitlist works, Chi added, “Pre-registered users will join a queue to enable early access on a first-come, first-served basis. Moreover, a higher position on the waitlist increases the odds of periodically winning prizes. As soon as users join the waitlist, they instantly earn a signup reward. All users who refer the Mara Wallet to their friends, family and community also earn further rewards when those users sign up using their unique referral link. Pre-registered users who participate in the referral activity also improve their chances of moving to top positions on the waitlist.”

Read Also: Why Cryptocurrencies are different from stocking?

The Mara Wallet app is available on the Google Play and Apple App stores. Once formally launched in a few months, the Mara Wallet will enable users to invest in crypto and send money to their family members in real time without processing times, delays, or high fees. To join the waitlist, download the app on the Google Play or the Apple App Store.

The Mara Wallet pre-launch comes at a critical inflection point in the evolution of Sub-Saharan Africa. The current centralised financial system continues to present ongoing obstacles to the development of both local economies and individuals. As a result, food prices have doubled or even tripled in some areas and created record-breaking interest rates. These systems have prompted a dire need for a decentralised alternative.

Mara’s mission is to facilitate a more equitable distribution of capital by providing an alternative that spans across tribes, class, cultures, and countries.

Are you ready to begin writing your crypto story? Mara Wallet is available to download from the Google Play and Apple App Stores now!

 

Mara is building Africa’s portal to the cryptoeconomy through a Pan-African suite of products that addresses a variety of crypto-finance needs while complying with local regulations and being authentically built for the African audience. Mara will initially launch in Kenya and Nigeria, with its first product being a simplified user-friendly Wallet through which users can easily buy, sell, send, and withdraw cryptocurrencies.

Mara will also launch a pro exchange for experienced users who prefer a full set of trading options and technical analysis tools. The Mara Chain will launch later, granting savvy developers a place to build decentralised applications that will help shape the future of the African cryptoeconomy. Mara’s executive team includes former executives from Amazon, PayPal, Uber, NVIDIA, Founders Bank, Rappi, and more.

The company raised a total of $23M from Coinbase Ventures, Alameda Research (FTX), Distributed Global, TQ Ventures, Day One Ventures, DIGITAL, Nexo, KuCoin Ventures, Huobi Ventures and nearly 100 other crypto investors and angels. The Mara executive team is led by Chi Nnadi, Lucas Llinás Múnera, Dearg OBartuin, Kate Kallot, and Susan Younis.

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