EVERFI Reveals $100 Million Commitment For Addressing Systemic Social Injustice With Free Digital Education For K-12 Schools

  • EVERFI, a leading social impact education innovator, announced a $100 million three-year commitment to build new and expand current courses that address topic areas that lead to systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country

EVERFI, a leading social impact education innovator, announced a $100 million three-year commitment to build new and expand current courses that address topic areas that lead to systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country. The three-year initiative — which bolsters the company’s founding mission to close education gaps that lead to long-term inequalities — is going to focus on reaching students in the most at-risk high-poverty areas of the U.S. And EVERFI will offer courses in topic areas that address 12 of the most important critical life skills in an effort to create an ecosystem of change. The company’s large catalog of digital learning content on critical life skills is and will

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Abans IT to enable digital transition in education

Abans Group of Companies has carried out several PC donation campaigns to youth across Sri Lanka. The campaign has been carried out for the past six years, with over 600 PCs being donated to students in need studying in all districts and they have been reaping the benefits.

Prior to the campaign, many of the students studying in these schools did not have access to PCs. Post receiving of the PCs, the school curriculum was enhanced to include basic IT practical work that enables to better prepare youth for the future.

The education system in Sri Lanka is one of the best, with the country possessing one of the highest literacy rates of 96.4% in the region. This is a huge feat for a country such as Sri Lanka, which is still a developing country. The rising need now is for the education system to start incorporating more digital based

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Digital Skills Are Critically Important to the Future Success of Tradespeople

Conference Board of Canada releases study on digitization of the skilled trades  

OTTAWA, Sept. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Conference Board of Canada, in partnership with the Future Skills Centre (FSC), has released a new impact paper on ways to advance digital skills among Canada’s apprentices and journeypersons.

“Bridging Generational Divides: Advancing Digital Skills in Canada’s Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades Ecosystem” explores the critical skill requirements of tradespeople as they adapt to the future of work.

Currently, generational differences between younger and older workers, such as communication preferences, are hampering the adoption of digital skills. Challenges related to time, cost, geography, outdated training curricula and technology, and limited Internet access are also proving to be barriers to digital skills development among Canada’s tradespeople.

“Tradespeople young and old need to learn seven core digital skills in order to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing work environment,” says Andrew Bieler,

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Distance education will contribute to developing digital economy, say experts

RIYADH: Distance learning will push Saudi Arabia forward on the path to digital transformation, experts say.

It is one of the innovative learning methods being used in Saudi Arabia to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but education officials also believe that distance learning can improve the level of education, reduce spending on education and increase users’ satisfaction.

Experts told Arab News that they are hopeful that distance education will contribute to developing the digital economy, provide equal opportunities for everyone, make education available indefinitely, provide learning opportunities for employees, improve the financial efficiency of the education sector, ensure that graduates meet the demands of the labor market, and create modern and innovative trends in the education sector.

Prof. Saad Haj Bakry, the author of “Knowledge Society Ecosystem,” said: “We live in the physical space that is the whole world around us. However, many of our activities in

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Tackling the global digital skills crisis


The global digital skills crisis is worsening and here’s why – in 10 years time, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the jobs of 1.2 billion employees worldwide – the equivalent of half of the global workforce – will have undergone varying levels of change due to the adoption of technologies, such as automation and artificial intelligence (AI). 

While most staff will operate alongside machines rather than being replaced by them (only 5% of the workforce), a huge nine out of 10 will require digital skills to be able to work effectively, exacerbating a shortage of expertise that is already troubling. 

To make matters worse, another WEF report entitled ‘Accelerating the Digital Inclusion in the New Normal’ indicates that 47% of the world’s population currently remains “unconnected”. This means that in lower-income economies, an average of only 32% of the population has basic digital skills, which includes being

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Digital skills academy CodeClan launches cybersecurity course

Business leaders ‘need to give unbridled attention to security, particularly at this time,’ says Matthews-Clarkson. Picture: Stewart Attwood.

The new three-day Cyber Secure Coder course aims to address software security, an area CodeClan said has grown in importance since the onset of Covid-19.

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The course, run in partnership with CertusNexus and Logical Operations, welcomes its first candidates in October and a virtual launch event takes place on 18 September, featuring former British military sniper and intelligence officer Ben Owen, who stars in Channel 4’s

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Free digital resource in US history builds civil discourse skills

Whatever a school’s learning environment is here at the start of the new school year, curriculum that is expensive, inflexible, or hard to navigate won’t get used. Just ask a teacher about how they use their instructional tools. You’ll learn a lot about entrepreneurship.

Teachers’ entrepreneurial ways long precede the coronavirus. As Newsela reported in October 2019, administrators in social studies said that teachers used their prescribed textbook half the time. In that same national survey, however, teachers revealed that they use the assigned textbook only one-fifth of the time.

The Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) supports secondary school teachers of civics and history with free, online resources and professional development learning opportunities. As a leading national provider of free educational materials for classroom instruction, BRI has partnered with OpenStax, at Rice University, to launch Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: A History of the American Experiment.

As the

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Brazilian digital education provider Vitru sets terms for $258 million US IPO

Vitru, a leading provider of distance learning in Brazil’s postsecondary digital education market, announced terms for its IPO on Tuesday.

The Santa Catarina, Brazil-based company plans to raise $258 million by offering 11.2 million shares (47% insider) at a price range of $22 to $24. At the midpoint of the proposed range, Vitru would command a fully diluted market value of $530 million.

Vitru provides a hybrid digital education experience for undergraduates and continuing education, with courses covering over 200 subjects through its multi-format Virtual Learning Environment (videos, eBook, podcasts, and html text, among others). The company also operates digital education hubs, which offer in-person tutoring, supported by virtual mentoring.

Vitru was founded in 1999 and booked $91 million in revenue for the 12 months ended June 30, 2020. It plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol VTRU. Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities, Itau BBA, Morgan Stanley, Bradesco

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Partners With ILX to Offer Programs in Digital Transformation Technology

With digital transformation rapidly advancing across the globe, ILX today extends its expertise from exclusive digital operations to digital transformation technology training, specifically in the areas of Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and Cyber Security. Through this latest collaboration, Simplilearn will deliver digital skilling programs in these fields.

Simplilearn’s association with ILX reiterates its commitment to preparing a global workforce for a changing digital economy. This further adds to Simplilearn’s international partnerships with leading higher education institutions and online platforms, extending its global coverage and serving the training needs of an international clientele of individuals and organisations. 

Speaking on Simplilearn’s association with the ILX Group, Krishna Kumar, CEO & Founder, Simplilearn, said, “The UK is today one of the fastest growing global economies, and in today’s digital world it is important that the country’s workforce is enabled to support this growth. Digital skilling is a necessity

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The Technology 202: Congressional fight over funding for digital learning could leave behind as many as 15 million kids

Democrats want to include $4 billion in funding specifically dedicated to virtual learning needs. Funds in their plan would be distributed through the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program that helps schools and libraries obtain affordable broadband access. The House version of the next relief package was approved with $1.5 billion in funding for WiFi hotspots, connected devices and other telecommunications services to schools and libraries.

More than four dozen education advocacy and Internet rights groups including the National Education Assocation have signed on to support the Democratic bill and have been pushing members of the Senate to include it in the final relief package.

Republicans have proposed $70 billion in overall funding for K-12 education, a pot of money they say recipients could also use for virtual learning. 

However, the bill misses the mark and falls far short of the needs facing our nation’s schools, 16 education groups

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