By: Segun Lawal
Today at Golden Conifer in Harare, the United States celebrated the World Education Inc. Vana Bantwana program together with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare. With funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Vana Bantwana program successfully reached over 600,000 orphans and vulnerable children with the tools and support they need to unlock their potential and live healthy, productive lives.
USAID/Zimbabwe Acting Mission Director Michael McCord stated: “The United States is proud to partner with the people of Zimbabwe to mitigate the impact of the HIV epidemic on children. World Education’s work through the Vana Bantwana program exemplifies USAID’s mission to empower countries, communities, families, and individuals to lead their own future.”
Launched in 2013, the $35 million USAID-funded Vana Bantwana program supported comprehensive, quality education, health, and child protection services for HIV-infected and affected children and families. The program provided educational scholarships for over 50,000 children, including 2,300 children with disabilities. More than 30,000 families participated in training to improve economic resilience. Half a million children received critical health services, including 11,000 children who were initiated on HIV treatment. The program empowered 300,000 children to identify and prevent gender-based violence and provided gender-based violence response services, including medical, legal, and counseling support.
World Education Zimbabwe Country Director Patience Ndlovu stated: “World Education, together with our partners, are deeply gratified by the impact of our program on the lives of the most vulnerable Zimbabweans. By strengthening the capacity of families, community structures, local organizations, and national social protection and health systems, this transformation will continue long past the program’s completion.”
Although much progress has been made in the past decade, HIV remains one of the top health threats facing the people of Zimbabwe. Since 2000, over 1.2 million adults have died from AIDS, leaving 16 percent of Zimbabwean children orphaned by one or both of their parents. As of 2017, an estimated 77,000 children in Zimbabwe are living with HIV.
Media Launch: Parliament hosts 2018 Inter Legislative Games
Members of the media are invited to the Launch of 2018 Inter Legislative Games to be held at the Good Hope Chambers, Parliament on Monday 26 November 2018. The primary aim of the games is to promote the agenda of wellness and healthy lifestyle in the legislative institutions. They also create an opportunity for Parliament and other legislatures to interact and build relationships through sport and recreation.
The Inter Legislative Games were founded by Parliamentary Sports and Recreation Council (PSRC) in 2013 and participation is open to all provincial legislatures. Provincial legislatures of the Free State, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West are currently active participants in these games. Participation to the games is reserved for Members of Parliament, Members of the Provincial Legislatures and staff members in the Legislative Sector. About 1 500 participants in diverse sporting codes are expected to take part in this year’s games.
The Inter-Legislative games have a vital role to play in realising the objectives and the targets of the National Development Plan’s (NDP) by encouraging a long and healthy life for all South Africans; a diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity and a better healthy South Africa contributing to a better Africa and a better world.
During the launch, the speakers will outline the aims and objectives of the games and also an exciting programme which is designed to ensure that the 5th leg of the Inter Legislative Games in the Western Cape from 29 November to 1 December 2018 is a success. Among those in attendance to make presentation at the launch is Dr Zukile Luyenge, MP, PSRC Chairperson, Mr Godfrey Tsotetsi, Member of Provincial Legislature (MPL) in Gauteng and Chairperson of GPL Oversight Committee on the Office of the Premier and the Legislature. Honourable Girly Nobanda MPL in North West Province will also address the launch.
The theme for the 5th Inter Legislative Game is: “Promoting healthy lifestyle through sport within Legislative Sector”
DETAILS OF THE LUANCH ARE AS FOLLOWS:
DATE: 26 NOVEMBER 2018
VENUE: GOOD HOPE CHAMBERS, PARLIAMENT
Kenya Top Africa with 700MW Geothermal Renewable Power Capacity
By: Manny Ita
Kenya is leading Africa in terms of geothermal power capacity, a report by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century (REN21) has revealed.
According to the report, Kenya is ahead in Africa with a capacity of about 700 megawatts and it occupies the ninth position globally.
On the global scale, it beat technological giant Japan who landed at the tenth position with a geothermal generating capacity of 500 megawatts.
United States topped the global list with generating a capacity of 2,500 megawatts followed by Philippines (1,900 MW), Indonesia (1,800 MW), Turkey (1,100 MW), New Zealand (1,000 MW), Mexico (900 MW), Italy (800 MW) and Iceland (750 MW). The rest of the world shares 950 MW.
Renewable energy accounts for over 70 percent of Kenya’s installed capacity compared to the world average of 24 percent, and about nine million households in Kenya have access to off-grid renewable energy, the report said.
Renewable energy power plants under development in Kenya include the 300 MW Lake Turkana Wind Power Plant, which is the single largest wind power plant in Africa, 70 MW Olkaria 1 and the 140 MW Ol Karia V.
“Kenya’s Olivado plant, which produces oil from avocados, is installing a biogas system that will reduce its waste streams and make the plant self-sufficient in energy, producing 1.5 Gigawatt hours (GWh),” the report said.
“In Kenya and Uganda, the number of off-grid systems deployed in 2016 outpaced the grid connections achieved by rural electrification agencies and national utility companies,” it added.
AfDB, Facebook, Rockefeller Target 9Million Jobs in Africa Via Coding Initiative
By: Manny Ita
CodingPresident of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina
The African Development Bank (AfDB), together with its partners, the Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, and Facebook is projecting the creation of over nine million jobs through its coding for employment programme launched at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
The coding for employment programme, which also aims to reach over 32 million youths and women, is at the center of the African Development Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative which aims to put Africa’s youth on a path to prosperity.
“By 2025, the Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative will equip 50 million youth with employable skills and create 25 million jobs in agriculture, information communications and technology and other key industries across Africa,” the bank said in a statement.
“By training youth in demand-driven Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum and matching graduates directly with ICT employers, this new programme prepares Africa’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs and unleashes the next generation of young digital innovators from the continent,” it added.
Over the last 15 years, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has invested $1.64 billion in programmes to prepare youth for careers in science, technology and innovation.
Putting youth at the center of Africa’s inclusive economic growth agenda is at the forefront of the African Development Bank’s investments and its “High 5s priorities, which are building businesses, feeding the continent, expanding power and integration, and improving the quality of life for the people across the continent by preparing youth for today’s competitive digital world.
As the world moves towards a fourth industrial revolution, the demand for digitization across health, education, and other sectors is on the rise.
Digital innovations have the power to solve the continent’s development challenges and are generating new job opportunities.
The youth population is rapidly growing and by 2050, is expected to double to over 830 million. Yet, the digital divide in Africa persists and critical skills gap pose serious challenges to youth securing quality and decent work in a rapidly changing workforce.
Mamadou Biteye, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director for Africa, affirmed that “Coding for Employment” accelerates investments in Africa’s most valuable resource, its young women, and men.
“That’s why The Rockefeller Foundation is thrilled to join forces with the African Development Bank to help every young African reach their full potential. Our partnership with the African Development Bank will establish 130 Centers of Excellence across Africa to help bridge the gap between the digital hiring news of employers and the skills of Africa’s youth,” Biteye said.
According to Ghada Khalifa, Director of Microsoft Philanthropies for the Middle East and Africa, “Digital skills are fast becoming essential for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
“Unfortunately, these skills are beyond the reach of too many young people in Africa. Together with our partners like the African Development Bank, we are working to change that. The partnership between Microsoft and the African Development Bank will continue to focus on increasing the participation of underserved youth and women while equipping youth across Africa with the skills needed to fill jobs now and in the future,” she said.
“We are excited to partner with the African Development Bank on the launch of the coding for employment programme in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal.
“Coding for Employment ensures digital skills are accessible to young people and supports youth with securing meaningful opportunities where they can apply their talents, ideas, and expertise to advance the continent’s economic and social development,” said Sherry Dzinoreva, head of policy programmes at Facebook.
“By working together with the private sector, donors, policy-makers, and other stakeholders, we can secure a brighter future for young African women and men. As part of this new Programme, we seek to cultivate the next generation of innovators and to empower young women to lead the continent’s digital revolution. Investments in youth through programmes like Coding for Employment can stimulate inclusive economic growth, put Africa and its youth on the cutting edge of technological innovations and ensure the digital transformation of Africa is led and managed by young Africans for the benefit of the people of Africa,” said Oley Dibba-Wadda, director of human capital, youth and skills development at the African Development Bank.
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