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Lessons from Modelling COVID-19 Scenarios in Kenya and Implications for Policy and Planning

The papers shared lessons from modelling the spread of COVID-19 waves in selected countries across the world since April 2020, but with a particular emphasis on the case of Kenya. Statistical modelling has been justified for policy and planning purposes within 10% error margins, given the data abundance arising from country reports.

Nashon Adero | October 21, 2021

Published online: 2021

Land use land cover classification for the iron ore mining site of Kishushe, Kenya: A feasibility study of traditional and machine learning algorithms

The research applied GIS and Remote Sensing techniques to evaluate the most effective classification methods for characterising land use and land cover changes in an active mining region in Kenya. The specific site was a large-scale mining site for iron ore in Taita Taveta County. Machine learning algorithms were found to be the most effective.

Nashon Adero | October 21, 2021

Authors: Mika Siljander, Francis Gitau, Emmanuel Nyambu
Published online: 2019
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The Future of Africa in the Post-COVID-19 World

The Future of Africa in the Post-COVID-19 World is a timely book on Africa, a continent whose strategic position in the nexus of emerging global megatrends and complex development challenges is receiving increased attention. This book is a wellspring of thought-provoking ideas, facts, statistics, philosophical arguments, and scientific reasoning by fourteen authors and thinkers drawn from Africa, the African academic diaspora included. Presenting key lessons for Africa from the COVID-19 global pandemic with the authenticity and alacrity of native experience, the authors share insightful perspectives that all African leaders and decision makers will find invaluable in redirecting the course of Africa’s development to compete on an equal footing with other regions in the post-pandemic world. Wading through the six engrossing sections of this book, you will be enlightened on: - Key lessons at the science-policy interface for African leaders on disaster governance, drawn from COVID-19 models and their implications for technological advancement, data integrity, scientific metrics, and civic engagement - Post-pandemic perspectives on education and skills development aimed at empowering Africa’s youth agenda and addressing youth unemployment - Perspectives on geopolitics and geoeconomics in a post-pandemic Africa - Multilateralism and its promises to enable Africa to bargain on an equal footing with the rest of the world - Recommended priorities for revamping Africa’s agri-food systems, environmental sustainability, and natural resource management during and after COVID-19 - Independent and informed voices on how Africa should reinvent herself to build back better during and after COVID-19

Nashon Adero | October 21, 2021

Authors: Josephat Juma
Published online: 2021

Renforcement des capacités des acteurs de décentralisation en Afrique de l’ouest

Capitalisation des outils et bonnes pratiques

Hannes Köninger | October 7, 2021

Authors: Alhassane Azaoua, Emmanuel Thouray,
Published online: 2013

From exploratory talk to abstract reasoning

Abstract Research has shown improvements in science, mathematics, and language scores when classroom discussion is employed in school-level science and mathematics classes. Studies have also shown statistically and practically significant gains in children’s reasoning abilities as measured by the Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices test when employing the practice of Bexploratory talk^. While these studies suggest that transfer of learning had taken place, a number of dialog-intensive designs have failed to find positive results, only reported delayed transfer, or have been criticized in terms of methodological rigor, small sample sizes, or because they have only shown small effect sizes. In this study, the claim is made that a particular set of studies which focused on exploratory talk and reasoning abilities, and which used designs that are better positioned to meet the standards mentioned above when presenting data in support of far transfer, provides robust evidence of far transfer within the framework of Barnett and Ceci’s taxonomy of transfer. Possible relationships between exploratory talk, argumentation, and key domains in the science of learning are considered in an attempt to explain the apparent far transfer effects when children engage in exploratory talk.

Brandon James | August 26, 2021

Authors: J. W. Whitlow Jr Danie Venter
Published online: 28 April 2016
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Effects of a 6 Brick Duplo Block guided play intervention on pre-literate learners’ visual perception

Background: Literature reveals that guided play promotes the development of visuospatial abilities essential for learning to read, write and do mathematics. However, most of these findings have focused on older children who are already literate, and the tests and the instruments used were designed for children in Western contexts. Aim: As there is little data on the development of visuospatial abilities in pre-literate children in African contexts, this study set out to explore the effects of using a guided block play intervention on the development of these abilities in pre-literate children.

Simoné Scott | August 26, 2021

© 2019. The Authors. (Sarah Jemutai & Paul Webb)
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DIGI-FACE Review – Septembre 2020 (Français n° 1)

Dans cette première édition de la revue DIGI-FACE, vous trouverez des informations sur les activités de DIGI-FACE jusqu'en septembre 2020.

Elisa Adams | April 8, 2021

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DIGI-FACE Review – Mars 2021 (Français n° 2)

Dans la deuxième édition, vous trouverez des informations sur ce qui s’est passé dans le projet depuis septembre 2020. Il y a beaucoup de nouvelles. Entre autres, la plate-forme a été développée depuis lors et des ateliers sur l’apprentissage en ligne (e-learning) ont été organisés avec tous les Centres d’Excellence. Nous vous souhaitons une bonne lecture.

Elisa Adams | April 8, 2021

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DIGI-FACE Review – March 2021 (English no. 2)

In the second edition, you will find information about what has happened in the project since September 2020. There is a lot of news. Among other things, the platform has been further developed since then and workshops on e-learning have been held with all the Centres of Excellence. Enjoy reading. The Review is also available in french.

Elisa Adams | April 8, 2021

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Since the early 20th century, the view has developed that high quality health care can be delivered only when all the pertinent data about the health of a patient is available to the clinician. Various types of health records have emerged to serve the needs of healthcare providers and more recently, patients or consumers. These health records include, but are not limited to, Personal Health Records, Electronic Heath Records, Electronic Medical Records and Payer-Based Health Records. Payer-Based Health Records emerged to serve the needs of medical aids or health care plans. Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Records were targeted at the healthcare provider market, whereas a gap developed in the patient market. Personal Health Records were developed to address the patient market, but adoption was slow at first. The success of online social networking reignited the flame that Personal Health Records needed and online consumer-based Personal Health Records were developed. Despite all the various types of health records, there still seems to be a lack of meaningful use of personal health records in modern society. The purpose of this dissertation is to propose a framework for Personal Health Records in online social networking, to address the issue of a lack of a central, accessible repository for health records. In order for a Personal Health Record to serve this need it has to be of meaningful use.

Eldridge van der Westhuizen | March 24, 2021

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