Canon launches 2021 Africa innovation series  

Canon Central and North Africa has launched the African Frontiers of Innovation Series, a monthly online broadcast that explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, sectors, and economies.

This multi-sector initiative was first launched in the Middle East five years ago bringing together industry and sector professionals to provide an effective online platform to drive innovation, share ideas, gain insights and experiences, and generate actionable solutions to existing challenges.

Expert speakers and career professionals will share insights on key evolving trends and delve into how different sectors are meeting COVID-19 challenges and setting the scene for a sustainable post-COVID-19 world.

Corporate Communications and Marketing Services Director – Canon Middle East and Canon Central and North Africa, Mai Youssef, explained, “Much like the previous editions of Frontiers of Innovation, the Africa series takes a deep dive into innovative technologies and operational efficiencies across a range of sectors, including music, photography, cinema and printing.”

The first instalment, which tackled the tough subject of post-COVID-19 education, aired on Wednesday.

Research conducted by Human Rights Watch between April and August 2020 across nine African countries found that school closures caused by the pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities and that children most at risk of being excluded from quality education were most affected.

Headlined, ‘Developing digital skills and literacy for students,’ the first episode featured Dean of School, School of Art, Design and Printing, Yaba College of Technology), Dr. Pius Egiolamhen, Director/Chief Executive Officer at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Prof. Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo, among others.

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