In an effort to accelerate and deepen the growth of online education in Nigeria, leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a partnership with Dynamiss, an Educational Technology company, to subsidize data and mobile Internet for all Nigerian schools and students using the Dynamiss Learning Management Systems.
Under the partnership, both organizations are collaborating to ensure that Data access for educational purposes on any of the platforms provided by Dynamiss will now be subsidized and made more affordable for schools and young Nigerians.
Specifically, customers of Airtel Nigeria who access the Dynamiss platforms will now enjoy up to 50 per cent discount on data/mobile Internet charges effective immediately. This discount also applies to schools, students and even parents on the Airtel network who use any of the educational platforms provided Dynamiss.
Commenting on the new initiative, Valerie Sodeinde, COO of Dynamiss, said that “the discounted data from Airtel is a key game changer for the adoption of Online/Digital education by most schools in Nigeria.
“What Airtel is demonstrating with this particular initiative is a commitment to support education despite the unrelenting threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As many more schools have now developed an appreciation for an online educational system, parents, teachers and schools will most certainly benefit from this very affordable data plan. This decisive initiative by Airtel is a positive response that will be welcome by educators and students alike.”
Whilst Online Education platforms cannot fully replace conventional schools’ they now constitute a whole new way of learning in the 21st century. In recent months since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Microsoft has recorded that more than 350million subscribers now use its educational platforms and this number continues to increase daily across the globe.
Dynamiss, a Microsoft Partner Organisation, is one of the nation’s foremost Educational Technology companies and is currently providing Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Robotics, Virtual Laboratories, Secure Examination Portals and Certified Online Training for Teachers on Digital Education Tools, for a variety of schools across the nation.
In collaboration with Microsoft and in a bid to help schools adopt digital technology rapidly, Dynamiss is currently giving every school in Nigeria its Dynamiss Learning Management LP365 System completely free till the start of September 2020.
MTN’s Ayoba Reassures Users On Privacy, Security of Messaging App
African messaging app Ayoba has assured of privacy and security protection and content suitable for younger users as people everywhere ramp up their usage of instant messaging.
MTN Group is proud to partner with this unique instant messaging platform localised for the needs of consumers across Africa.
Launched in 2019 to improve access to affordable communications, ayoba is active in 17 MTN markets, and is also available to download onto Android smartphones in numerous other markets from Google Play and via the ayoba website www.ayoba.me as an over-the-top (OTT) offering.
Ayoba is focused on protecting users’ privacy and security: it is not possible for messages in the app to be read by anyone else or to be shared with any third parties, including MTN.
All the content available on ayoba channels is curated and reviewed to ensure that its 100% family friendly and safe for younger users. A team of editors checks every post on ayoba content channels before it goes live across over 100 content channels and 120 games.
Ayoba has also recently launched an in-app assistant, Aya, to guide new users on how to use the instant messaging app. Aya appears automatically in the app and can run a variety of interactive tutorials for key features within ayoba.
Ayoba users can send and receive encrypted messages, share photos, videos, files, voice notes and even their location, and can also subscribe to live channels. Localised content is available through these channels that aim to entertain, educate and empower communities.
Since 2020, as COVID-19 spread across the world, ayoba’s daily lifeline data allocations on MTN’s networks in most markets allowed users free connections with family and provided them with zero-rated access to credible information through special COVID-19 channels.
10 REASONS TO USE AYOBA:
1. FREE TO USE: ayoba is free to use. You need data to send messages and files to your contacts, but if you are on the MTN network, you will get free data every day to use the app.
2. CHAT NOW: Instantly send and receive text and voice messages with any of your contacts.
3. SECURE: End-to-end encryption means that messages in a conversation cannot be read by anyone else.
4. QUICK CONNECT: Use your existing address book to quickly and easily connect you with your contacts.
5. CHAT WITH EVERYONE: Send SMS text messages with anyone in your contact list, regardless of whether they’ve installed ayoba or not. If the contact to whom you send a message does not have the app, the message will be delivered by SMS. That contact can then respond by SMS and the response will come back into your app. This is a unique technology.
6. GROUP CHAT: The more the merrier. Set up group chats to easily communicate with friends and family in a single chat.
7. SHARING IS CARING: Share videos, images, audio, and other files with your contacts.
8. LET’S MEET: Share your real-time location with your ayoba contacts.
9. CHANNELS: Consume all content across various categories ranging from news, sports, music to entertainment and much more, all within the ayoba app. We have over 30 content channels live in Nigeria including Pulse for entertainment, and the MTN YelloStar competition.
10. LISTEN AND PLAY: We have a free music service in the app so you can listen to trending songs on our fantastic playlists. We also have games that you can play, such as BattleShip, Pinball, Solitaire and more. New content is added every day.
The app supports over 20 local languages spoken across MTN’s markets, including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Pidgin, Yoruba, Swahili, Hausa, French, Arabic, Portuguese, and English. At the end of June 2020, ayoba had two million active users. In November 2020, ayoba was named the ‘Best Mobile App of the Year’ at the Africa Digital Awards 2020, acknowledging Africa’s first super-app, which offers users free instant messaging, mobile commerce and interactive entertainment
MTN to Launch Mobile Applications to Support SMEs
As part of its commitment to help build resilience for businesses in a post-COVID world, MTN Nigeria has revealed plans to launch new mobile applications relevant to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Chief Enterprise Business Officer of the company, Lynda Saint-Nwafor disclosed this at Y’ello Clinic, an engagement session between MTN Executives and business owners.
Speaking to participants, she said, “Your feedback through these sessions help us serve you better. We now understand that ICT applications are a great need in most of our businesses as they help provide easier ways to manage customers. With that, we are birthing a set of Customer Relations Management (CRM) applications made specifically for Nigerian SMEs. We are also developing a platform that will serve as a marketplace for all MSME ICT needs.
Our extensive ecosystem will be made available to work for you as we provide software applications for SMEs. My team and I are already working with our regulator to make this happen”, she added.
The Y’ello Clinic, an offshoot of the Revv Program featured MTN Nigeria Executives including Chief Operating Officer, Mazen Mroue; Chief Financial Officer, Modupe Kadri; Chief Sales & Distribution Officer, Adekunle Adebiyi; Chief Corporate Services Officer, Tobechukwu Okigbo; Chief Transformation Officer, Olubayo Adekanmbi; and Chief Human Resources Officer, Esther Akinnukawe.
Lynda shared that the ICT leader is aware of SMEs contributions to Nigeria’s GDP. As a result, “We are continuously exploring opportunities to build capacity within this segment. The Revv Program is an expression of our commitment to this segment. We have had nine masterclasses so far and I believe these sessions have provided new ideas on managing and scaling businesses.”
The Revv Program was created to help business owners rethink and retool their operations to withstand the impact of the pandemic.
Airopay Unveils App to Grow Digital Payment
Digital firm, Airopay has said the ultimate goal of its brand Airopay App is to further digitise payment in Africa and beyond, thereby, making mobile payment very easy.
The mobile app accommodates deposits and withdrawals, including cardless ATM withdrawals, transfer between accounts, domestic remittances, third party or non-registered user deposits to accounts, payment of utility bills, flight tickets purchase, airtime top up, payment of tuition as well as bill payments for betting, lottery and games at zero per cent downtime.
According to the chief executive officer, Airopay, Charles John Oyakhilome, the whole idea of the app is to digitise payments in Africa and beyond, adding that, the ultimate goal of the brand is to make mobile payments across borders very easy.
Similarly, the platform will provide economic empowerment for entrepreneurs, merchants and retailers.
Speaking on the app, the director of strategy and business growth, Kelechi Mbah, emphasised that Airopay has many unique services to offer in the Fintech space as it is set to ensure a life made easy.
Mbah said, while it may look like the market is saturated, there are still many gaps which Airopay has carefully designed its services to fill, noting that, the Airopay App is set to give the general public a unique experience of ease and swiftness for both International and Local fund transfers with Zero percent downtime!
However, the chief financial officer, Adedayo Johnson added, “our users will enjoy an unbeatable interest rate of 16 percent on Savings, access to Loans within 24 hours and Bill Payment transactions, different from what the general public has experienced.”
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