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ICT Adaptation enhances Learning at Zvomwoyo Secondary School

Mercy Makichi, Form 3 Student, Zvomwoyo Secondary School As Zimbabwe progresses towards embracing Information Communication Technology (ICT), Zvomwoyo Secondary School in Buhera illustrates both opportunities and challenges in integrating ICT into education. Despite nationwide strides in ICT, rural communities like…

President Mnangagwa Woos South Korea Investment at Africa Summit

Seoul, South Korea – President Dr. ED Mnangagwa on Tuesday addressed the South Korea-Africa Summit in Seoul, where he extolled Zimbabwe’s readiness to engage in a mutually beneficial partnership with South Korea. Speaking to a gathering of African leaders and…

Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Schools: The Case of Mutiusinazita High School

By Isabel Magoge Mutiusinazita High School, a rural day school in Buhera South, faces significant challenges in teaching and learning computer science. With only one computer teacher for 748 students, a high teaching load, and inadequate resources, the school struggles…

Starlink: Zim’s Internet Revolution

The advent of Starlink internet in Zimbabwe marks a significant milestone in the country’s digital journey. With its licensure, every corner of Zimbabwe now has access to high-speed internet, unlocking a plethora of opportunities for economic growth, digital transformation, and…

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Internet day: Celebrating the new world order

There is no doubt that we are facing an element with great power. The Internet has been the most prominent innovation in the field of mankind’s history. To the purpose of being a practically essential instrument for a great variety…

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Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”. One key aim of this competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. We want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries. It is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development. -Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General. The competition, which will be administered by Dalberg, will open on 14 October 2021 until 14 November 2021. Each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 (through a local production company) to develop, shoot and post-produce their films under the guidance of Netflix and industry mentors to ensure everyone involved in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the 6 winners will also receive $25,000. -Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix UNESCO and Netflix both strongly believe in the importance of promoting diverse local stories, and bringing them to the world. They recognize that many emerging filmmakers struggle with finding the right resources and visibility to enable them to fully unleash their talents and develop their creative careers. This competition aims to address these issues and enable African storytellers to take a first step towards showcasing their content to a global audience. -Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture This partnership will also help create sustainable employment and encourage economic growth and it will therefore contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a series of targets established by the United Nations which aims to end global poverty in all its forms by the end of this decade. This film competition will also help reduce inequalities by facilitating access to global markets and by guaranteeing dignified working conditions. All of these are key goals within the 2030 Agenda. Africa has a rich storytelling heritage and a wealth of folktales that have been passed down for generations. When you marry these very local stories with Africa’s emerging talent, there is no limit to fresh new stories to connect people with African cultures and bring the world that much closer to each other. -Ben Amadasun, Netflix Director of Content in Africa For the first round, applicants will be required to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) as well as links to a recent CV and a portfolio/evidence of any past audiovisual work they have produced. Applications can be submitted via from October 14th at 16:00 CET and will close on November 14th, 2021 at 13:59 PM CET. For more information about the application process, please visit Media contacts: Tom Burridge, UNESCO; sends e-mail) Mokgadi Seabi, Netflix; Editors’ Notes: About The Application process: How to apply: Candidates will need to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) in a Creative Statement as well as a link to a recent CV and a portfolio of any past audiovisual work they have produced on  Applications open Applications can be made via from October 14th. They will close on November 14th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (CET).  Eligibility Criteria: The competition is open to individuals seeking to venture into feature film development and production. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years of demonstrable professional experience in the audio-visual industry. Applicants must have developed and produced 1 to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, or 2-3 short films and/or commercials. Candidates must be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country and currently residing in Sub-Saharan Africa to apply. Applicants must be 18-35 years old at the time of submission.  Shortlisted finalists: We’ll announce our top 20 finalists in January who will then be invited to a “How to Pitch to Netflix” workshop. These workshops will give candidates the chance to prepare, polish, and present their film concepts with the help of industry experts. The Netflix and UNESCO judging committee will then mentor six winners to develop a 12 to 20-minute short film.   TIMELINE:  October 2021 – Application portal opens on October 14th  November 2021 – Applications close on November 14th  January 2022 – Announcement of Top 20 finalists  January 2022 – Workshop on “How to Pitch to Netflix” for shortlisted candidates  February 2022- Shortlisted candidates invited to pitch final entries to mentors  February 2022 – Final selection via a Netflix and UNESCO joint judging panel  February 2022 – Announcement of 6 winners  Spring/Summer 2022 – Development, production & post-production of films  September/October 2022 – Launch of 6 films on Netflix service 

Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short…

Econet introduces low-cost 4G MIFI ‘KaMbudzi’ handset

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator, Econet Wireless, has unveiled a new low-cost 4G enabled smartphone as part of efforts to increase mobile internet adoption across the country.

Penspen wins engineering contract for Zimbabwe’s Feruka-Harare pipeline

Penspen, an engineering and management services provider, has been awarded a contract by Zimbabwe’s national oil company Petrozim Line to deliver an engineering project for the Feruka-Harare pipeline.

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Twitter loses 9 million users amid bot crackdown

By Jacob Kastrenakes Twitter’s monthly user count took another hit last quarter, diving by 9 million amid an ongoing crackdown meant to rid the platform of bots, spam, and other problematic accounts. The company said this morning that its monthly…