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Studying after COVID-19: How education will be changed in 2021

The sizes of classrooms and student’s homes will need adjustments to ensure effective social distancing.

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The need to get back on track in an improved way is on the rise after the COVID-19 pandemic. People are carrying out much research on how to ensure students get back to learn while prioritizing their safety. This will ensure constant studying even when faced with another crisis that will make the world go into remote living.

The face of institutions of higher education will need to change how they handle education. Here are some insights on the road towards studying after COVID-19.

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Increased use of technology

The use of technology will provide students with the option of learning in class or opting remote learning. This will ensure the prioritization of student comfort to increase their output.

Adherence to social distancing will be on the rise. The use of digital technology, such as holding video conferences, using feedback tools, and assessment tools, will increase. It helps in prioritizing the safety of the students and staff even when this is all over. Research paper editing service, Ca.EduBirdie is already experimenting with these tools to provide the best services to the students in the field of academic writing.

New inventions in the field of education are still incoming and the need to educate learners and staff is necessary. This will keep them updated to improve the learning process.

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Changes in the academic calendar

Schools may begin earlier than usual and try to finish a terms work in the shortest time possible. They will close before the start of holidays to counter seasons associated with flu.

Education in 2028 will be different compared to what it was in the past. Times for classroom learning will change to suit the students’ population. Institutions with a high population will have to reduce the number of classroom interactions. This will enable them to cater to their population.

When I do my essay or work on a research paper, I wonder how EduBirdie will be serving students ten years down the line. Online courses, academic writing, virtual classrooms will definitely see a big change by then.

Everyone who went through a whole season of studying needs testing by the end of the semester. To do this, the need to use virtual technology to hold examinations will increase.

Adherence to health protocols

Good health increases human happiness and improves their well-being. COVID-19 has taught the world on the need to focus on health over anything else. That is why the need to have COVID-19 testing in learning institutions will be a necessity.

The sizes of classrooms and student’s homes will need adjustments to ensure effective social distancing. This aims at reducing health-related risks that are prone to spread in cases of congestions.

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Shifting of student learning from classrooms to the use of outdoor structures such as tents will be on the rise. These unconventional spaces improve on the effect of social distancing while maintaining interactive class learning.

Increased hiring and retention of staff

In the past, many of the teaching and schools’ staff have come from various regions that might be far away from their working institutions. This might have had to limit factors to them in sharing their skills.

The need to allow these groups of people to work away from the traditional working environment will help them surpass their goals from remote areas. This has the advantage of limiting workers to potential health risks from co-workers and improves their well-being.

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Many campuses will need to hire academic luminaries. This is unlike the days when they were only hired for seasonal activities, which lasted a short while in schools.

Prioritization of learner feedback

Students are the main element in any learning institution and putting their needs into consideration ensures the institution’s progress. Taking heed of their ideas and utilizing that information improves on their output.

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Students tend to internalize the instructions given afterward and an immediate implementation taken. The taking of actionable judgment will be on the rise, making it easier for the academic staff to handle its students.

Conclusion

Necessity is the mother of invention is a way of putting how the effects of COVID-19 led to the changing of ways of working. Changes in the field of education will be of great impact on future methods of learning. The need to tap into improved ways to ensure the safety and health of students while the study is important. These should be within their financial capabilities to keep them in their quest to seek knowledge.


Author’s Bio:

Jeremy Raynolds works for a publishing company as the head of the academic books. Owing to his rich experience in the writing field, he also works part-time as a thesis and dissertation writer for an assignment service for students from the US and Canada. In his free time, he plays golf, takes language classes and listens to classical music.

 

 

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“We enable ATM withdrawals without a card” – Ecobank

With Xpress Cash, customers can send money to their loved ones who are not even banked.

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Ecobank has stated that cash withdrawals can be made at all its ATMs, without a card. The Ecobank cardless withdrawal concept, Xpress Cash, enables users to withdraw cash from ATMs using only a mobile phone, no ATM card is required.

The solution is seamless, secure and is driven by the generation of a code (e-token) by an account holder via the bank’s USSD code *326# or mobile app, Ecobank Mobile.  The e-token can be sent to customers, non-customers and even people without bank accounts for cash withdrawal at all Ecobank ATMs nationwide.

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Speaking in Lagos, Head, Consumer Banking, Olukorede Demola-Adeniyi said, “Digital payments are fast evolving. Customers want seamless experience across channels. We are committed to providing suitable options for our customers. Forgetting your card at home should not be a showstopper when you need cash.”

She went on to explain that the concept recognises the needs of the unbanked. In her words, “With Xpress Cash, our customers can send money to their loved ones who are not even banked. You can send money to your domestic servants or unbanked staff just by generating a code and sharing the code.”

“As a bank, we are not only keen to make our services accessible, but also affordable. Xpress Cash attracts only a flat charge of N50. Our USSD code, *326# offers zero session charges; and transfers of N5000 or less using our digital channels are absolutely free of charge. Also, people abroad who need to send money to their loved ones can do so without paying transfer charges using the Rapidtransfer app,” she said.

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LSETF re-launches Idea Hub for tech start-ups

The programme would afford budding entrepreneurs with the necessary leverage to grow their ideas.

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In line with its mandate to provide entrepreneurship solutions, training, and upskilling opportunities to innovative entrepreneurs and start-ups in the Lagos tech ecosystem, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) has re-designed the Idea Hub Programme, under its Lagos Innovates Programme.

The Lagos Innovates Idea Hub Programme is a 12-week incubation programme designed to support tech-enabled businesses with relevant skills, networking opportunities and mentorship from seasoned industry experts; geared towards building a competitive and sustainable brand.

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It is expected that the programme would afford budding entrepreneurs with tech solution with the necessary leverage to grow their ideas. The benefits include business incubation and coaching by Lagos Innovates experienced and seasoned Mentors; an opportunity to pitch for Lagos Innovates Workspace Vouchers for 6 or 12 months (valued between ₦120,000 – ₦1,800,000); and access to Lagos Innovates network including Government, corporates, start-ups, local and international investors, etc.

In her remarks on the initiative, the Executive Secretary/CEO, LSETF, Mrs. Teju Abisoye said; “The Lagos Innovates Idea Hub is a programme under one of our delivery mechanism tagged Tech Start-ups (Lagos Innovates), primarily responsible for cementing Lagos’ position as the leading destination for tech and innovation in Africa. With the recent global economic challenges due to the pandemic, we believe technology will be critical in proffering recovery and adaptive solutions as the world embraces the new normal.

“I am confident that with the Idea Hub initiative providing the institutional support, our young innovators in Lagos would be able to pivot toward this paradigm. We encourage growing entrepreneurs in the digital and tech space to take advantage of this programme to create compelling solutions that would accelerate the Lagos economic, business and lifestyle recovery trajectory”, she added.

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Some of the seasoned mentors and industry experts of the programme are Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Founder, We-Cyclers, and DG, Lagos State Records and Archives; Olu Akanmu, Executive Director Retail Banking, FCMB; Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, CEO, Future Software Resources Ltd; Ponmile Osibo, Partner, Platform Capital; Wale Ajiboye, Associate Director, Acumen; Oluwatoyin Oshinowo, Co-founder and VP Product, Field Insights; Dr Olanrewaju Phillips, Enterprise Account Manager, HP, Central Africa, and Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder and COO, Piggyvest.

Other mentors are Olutosin Oni, Principal, Echo VC; Damilola Thompson, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Echo VC; Oluwatoyin Emmanuel-Olubake, Associate Director of Portfolio, Acumen; Dayo Kolewole, Partner Microtraction, and Simeon Ononobi, Co-founder/CEO, Thank U Cash.

Interested applicants must run an early-stage start-up with viable and solution-driven ideas; technology must be the core or the enabler of the enterprise, and the founder must reside in Lagos State. Applicants should visit https://ideahub.lagosinnovates.ng to apply before the deadline date, Sunday 16th August 2020.

About Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF)

Established in 2016, LSETF’s vision is to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to reduce unemployment in Lagos State. LSETF focuses on promoting entrepreneurship by improving access to finance, strengthening the institutional capacity of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), formulating policies and actively intervening to improve the business environment. The Agency also trains and places unemployed Lagos residents in jobs, while driving innovation within the Lagos ecosystem.

Learn more at https://lsetf.ng. Communications contact: Charles Anyanwu, [email protected]

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United Capital Asset Management explains mutual funds’ positive performance

Available data showed that the funds surpassed the market realities and beat the benchmarks.

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United Capital Asset Management explains mutual funds’ positive performance

United Capital Asset Management mutual funds have recorded significant growth despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the economy and headwinds in the financial markets. Data made available showed that the funds surpassed the market realities and beat the benchmarks.

According to the fund managers, all our funds are actively managed to generate alpha regardless of the market conditions. For instance, the current return on the United Capital Money Market Fund is 5.7 per cent, which is better two per cent yield on the 91-day Treasury Bill in the secondary market.

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Also, the United Capital Bond Fund and Eurobond Funds’ yields stand at 8.9 per cent and 6.9 per cent compared to benchmark returns of 6.0 per cent and 3.0 per cent respectively. The benchmark for the two funds are 3-year average FGN Bond yields and LIBOR+2 per cent respectively.

The company said the funds grew mainly on the back of its robust distribution network. “We have been able to complement our physical touchpoints with effective online sales model that allows clients to subscribe and redeem funds seamlessly. Our superior returns also set us apart our funds continued to return above industry average and benchmarks. For our Eurobond Fund, another key driver of the growth was investors demand for FCY due to the weak outlook for the naira especially amidst the pandemic. We have also maintained a strong A credit rating for our Money Market Fund, which gives investors comfort in investing in our funds,” the firm explained.

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Commenting further, the Managing Director/CEO United Capital Asset Management, Odiri Oginni, the firm has constantly supported its clients on their journey to financial independence through our mutual funds. “Our mutual funds have grown much faster than the overall market in the last 18 months while returns on the funds consistently outperformed benchmarks, placing us amongst the top five Asset Managers by mutual funds size in the market. We hope to continue in this streak and even surpass it in the months and years ahead,” he said.

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Also commenting, the Group Executive Director, United Capital Plc, Sunny Anene, stated: “the strong growth in the funds under management of our Asset Management subsidiary points to a high level of investor confidence in our brand as we continue to reward our clients with above-market returns regardless of challenges in the market. With an investment-grade credit rating, asset under management in excess of N150 billion, cutting across privately managed funds and 6 collective investment schemes, we remain positioned as a fund manager of choice in Nigeria today.”

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