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Every week, African Start-Up follows entrepreneurs in various countries across the continent to see how they are working to make their business dreams become reality.
(CNN) — Fresh faced and full of energy, five recent graduates sit around the conference room table. They all hail from a different African country, and they all have big dreams about revamping education in their continent for a digital era.
These are the headquarters of Funda in Cape Town, an online training platform thats been partnering with universities in South Africa to provide short e-courses for users. Helped by a single private investor, the tech education portal is looking to harness a growing demand for online learning by allowing students to log into classes remotely.
At Funda, we develop learning management systems and provide content development services to higher institutions to take their courses online so that the general public can access them at a cheaper price, says Nigerian-born Kolawole Olajide, one of Fundas founders.

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The flexibility that comes with e-learning is just one of the many reasons Olajide says the online education tool has found success.
Its responsive to the students schedules, says the 22-year-old entrepreneur. But also managers who want to do courses but are too busy to do them can now use [Funda] and sign in when they get back from work and access the resources online.
Olajide came up with the concept for Funda — which means to learn in Zulu — at university when he found he couldnt take school home. He had hoped to start the company in his homeland of Nigeria, but the obstacles were too great.
It was very difficult because they were not digitally ready, he recalls. They did not understand what I was trying to do. The second problem I faced was internet penetration in the country. I thought South Africa was more stable so Funda had a higher chance of success there because many people already have the Internet.
Alongside four other young entrepreneurs — Kennedy Kitheka (Kenya), Jason Muloongo (Zambia), Sameer Rawjee (South Africa) and Kumbirai Gundani (Zimbabwe) — the e-learning portal took shape and each founder provided a different perspective for the startup.
None are over the age of 25, yet these innovators are simply doing what is natural to the millennial generation — using technology to find solutions to problems theyve experienced.

The future of the continent lies in how educated people are. All the major problems can be solved with education. Education is the key to the future.
Kolawole Olajide, co-founder of Funda, an e-learning platform

We bring together the problems weve seen in different parts of Africa and we are all trying to create together solutions to the problems we have experienced in different parts of the continent, says Olajide.
He adds: I was aware of user experience because user experience of technology in Nigeria was not very good. One of the other partners was keen on developing the mobile application because he said in his area of the world, there are more mobile users. So we are bringing together solutions made by the problems weve faced in Africa.
Olajide explains that Funda offers a free mobile app that can be downloaded to a users smartphone. Students can access the e-learning portal via a keycode provided by the university they are registered to.
At the moment, [mobile] is very limited. Mobile phones are good for getting your results, educators checking attendance reports and all that stuff. But the real core experience is from the desktop machine.
Since its launch in 2009, Funda has been recognized by several international bodies, including the United Nations Development Programme and the World Economic Forum. It has also received a number of accolades, including the Best Tech Innovation and Education award at the U.N.s World Youth Summit in 2012 and Mazars Best Sustainable Business Model prize.
Looking ahead, Olajide has big plans for the startup. Our major goal is to be a major education technology provider in Africa, he says. So were just trying to strategically position ourselves, so when Africa is ready we would also be ready.
For the time being however, the companys main focus is creating sustainable growth before proceeding to roll out the platform across the continent.
As for Olajide, the passionate Nigerian says he is determined to keep on working to help increase accessibility to education in the continent.
The future of the continent lies in how educated people are, he says. All the major problems can be solved with education — education is the key to the future.
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Every week, Inside Africa takes its viewers on a journey across Africa, exploring the true diversity and depth of different cultures, countries and regions.
Lilongwe, Malawi (CNN) — Malawi is in the midst of a population explosion. In 1966, the country boasted a meager four million citizens. Today, that number hovers around the 15 million mark and could reach 37 million by 2050.
Thats a big number for a country half the size of the United Kingdom, and could spell trouble for indigenous wildlife.
Animals know their range. Theyre used to feeding and drinking (in certain areas), and those features are still there in the mind of an elephant, explains Alex Chunga, a manager at Kusungu National Park.

When an animal goes back to where it used to go, and suddenly there are people, those people feel the animal is doing something wrong, but in essence, it used to be their home.
Each year, thousands of wild animals fall victim to human encroachment, poaching and the illegal pet trade. The Lilongwe Wildlife Center — the countrys only accredited wildlife sanctuary — is hoping to change that. They house over 200 animals and host educational tours for school children to get them into conservation early.
Cast of characters
Every animal as the Lilongwe Wildlife Center has a story, and often, not a happy one. Take for instance Stumpy, a one-armed baboon who was found tied to a tree outside a butcher shop. Because he likely wouldnt survive back in the wild, the Center will be his home for the remainder of his life.
Then there are the seven owls (each since named after one of Snow Whites dwarfs) who a local found on his roof and, fearing they were bad luck, almost killed them before someone convinced him to call them in instead.
Theres also Xena, a vervet monkey who was kept as a pet and tied to a rope on the roof of a barn. As a result, shes never interacted with other monkeys, and has to be trained to coexist with her own kind.
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This is a good site for animals who are not getting the proper welfare, says Yessiah Symon, Lilongwes head of animal care.
Do they stay or do they go?
Lilongwe is partnered with Kasungu National Park, 111 miles outside of the reserve, to release some animals back into the wild. To qualify for release, an animal needs to have spent part of its life in the wild, or be young enough to adapt. It also has to be in good health.
A lot goes into training animals to reintegrate into the world at large. For starters, there is a strict no-human contact policy. The subjects are also given predator awareness training. Once reintroduced into the park, some animals are then monitored by release managers to make sure theyre integrating properly.
Conservation for the future
To further the cause, Lilongwe hosts thousands of school children each year. Last year alone, they received over 30,000 school groups. They teach the children respect for wildlife, and try and drive home the point that some animals — like primates — arent meant to be pets.
Weve managed to come up with various modules, from targeting biodiversity, soil management, climate change, and wildlife welfare, explains Clement Manjaalera, Lilongwes education manager.
Inspiring youth to conserve nature, to look after animals and have respect towards these animals and also to take a leading role in these projects is important. It can be useful in helping them to have a sustainable livelihood.
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