Huawei called for global partners to join the TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative, which aims to build a more inclusive and intelligent world that leaves no one behind.
Huawei’s TECH4ALL initiative focuses on four areas: driving equity and quality in education, conserving nature with technology, driving inclusion and accessibility in health, and using ICT to boost rural development. It focuses on digital technologies, application enablement, and digital skills, and works with global partners to promote and expand digital inclusion to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At present, more than 60,000 teachers and students benefit from Huawei TECH4ALL projects in over 200 schools worldwide. Digital technologies have been deployed to improve resource management and biodiversity conservation efficiency in 22 natural reserves around the world. Huawei smartphones provide 15 accessibility features and are used by about 10 million users each month. Huawei’s RuralStar solution provides mobile Internet services for more than 60 countries and regions, covering more than 50 million people in remote areas.
Inclusion and equity were major talking points in the education track of the summit. In her opening remarks, Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, discussed technology-enabled Open Schools, a three-year partnership program with Huawei that is rolling out in Ethiopia, Egypt, and Ghana.
“UNESCO and Huawei jointly launched this project in July 2020,” said Stefania Giannini. “The project explores future schooling models, thereby contributing to UNESCO’s global initiative on the future of education.”
To build a more crisis-resilient Open School system, all countries have to consider the three pillars of new infrastructure for a learning system: technology, digital content, and the digital competencies of teachers and human facilitators. UNESCO’s Dr. Fengchun Miao, Chief of Unit for Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education, looked at how to leverage the power of technology in the education field.
Vodafone Foundation discussed its Instant Network Schools program, which aims to bring high-quality education to refugees and host communities, with plans to connect 500,000 refugee students and their communities by 2025. Huawei is one of the partners for expanding connectivity to more schools in Africa.
Vodafone Instant Network Schools Program Manager Oisín Walton said, “We believe that every boy and girl should have access to quality education, no matter where they are and whatever their nationality.”
Close the Gap’s DigiTruck Program Lead Bram Over gave an update on the DigiTruck program. DigiTrucks are green, solar-powered mobile classrooms converted from shipping containers. They are equipped with recycled ICT devices and provide training for young people in digital skills. Huawei has supported this program in Kenya and France. Later this year, Huawei and Close the Gap will implement the project in Ethiopia.
Ling Hui from the YouChange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation introduced the Green Pepper program for young teachers in rural villages in China. The program delivers a year of online training to teachers and has reached nearly 80,000 young rural teachers and 17,000 schools so far.
In her opening remarks introducing the environment track, IUCN Director General Dr. Grethel Aguilar addressed a range of environmental issues, pointing out that technology can be used to mitigate humanity’s growing impact on the planet.
Dr. Aguilar said, “Digital technology can be an important part of the solution and help us solve global challenges if used correctly and smartly.”
As a facilitator of the panel discussion, Associate Director of the IUCN Protected Areas Programme James Hardcastle, pointed out that we must empower more people to use technologies for nature conservation and referenced the Tech4Nature initiative – an IUCN-Huawei partnership that aims to develop scenario-specific technologies to safeguard natural ecosystems in 300 protected sites by 2023.
Currently, the project is running in Thailand, Spain, Mauritius, Switzerland, and China. Ecomode President Nadeem Nazurally elaborated on the Mauritius project, which aims to protect and restore the African island nation’s rapidly vanishing coral reef using AI-powered real-time video monitoring, which can be transmitted to experts, both local and worldwide.
Continuing the environmental track, Rainforest Connection Director of International Expansion Chrissy Durkin introduced the Nature Guardian system, which uses acoustics technologies to monitor endangered species and alert rangers to threats like illegal logging and gunshots. Bernardo Reyes Ortíz, President of Forest Ethics in Chile, explained how the Guardian platform supported by Huawei cloud is providing a lifeline for the nation’s endangered Darwin’s fox, fewer than 1,000 of which are thought to remain in existence.
Smart and networked monitoring technologies are crucial tools for nature conservation. Dr. Steph Wray, Chair of The Mammal Society in the UK, how acoustics solutions have been deployed in England to protect the increasingly rare red squirrel, which is threatened by the invasive and vastly more populous grey squirrel.
Tang Yanfei, Executive Director at Hainan National Park Research Institute, explained how acoustics monitoring is key to improving the conservation of China’s critically endangered Hainan gibbon, with a view to doubling its population in 15 years.
Partnerships are the fuel that powers progress in Huawei TECH4ALL environment and education domains, as well as in the initiative’s other two domains – health and development.
“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together,” said Tao Jingwen in his opening remarks. “We believe that more partners will work with us to advance the Huawei TECH4ALL action plan in the future. Join us for a more inclusive, intelligent world where no one is left behind.”
Watch the full recording of the summit on Huawei’s website.
Huawei to bring digital skills to more Filipino students
More opportunities will appear for further growth through ICT, as new technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT.
With the Students joining the program with outstanding output, Huawei Philippines successfully held the 7th Seeds for the Future program this year, making the program benefit over 200 students in the Philippines. The Undersecretary of DICT Arnold Ali Atienza, Undersecretary of DOST Renato Solidum, together with university heads and Seeds Alumni joined the Closing ceremony on Friday.
Undersecretary of DICT Arnold Ali Atienza, gave his remarks to the program, “I highly laud Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program. The sincerity of Huawei’s intention to eliminate the digital divide cannot be more apparent and clearly manifested in ways other than by providing useful training programs to contribute to ICT talent development and provide the technical skills needed in the industry. As Huawei aptly puts it, the Seeds for the Future Program is their way of sharing their innovation and technology to hopefully support the requirements of the Philippine ICT Industry and nurture the development of the local ICT Talent ecosystem.”
“Congratulate you our dear scholars for having embarked on this grand adventure of personal and professional growth and we always cherish with fondness the memories of this journey and may you also never forget the excitement you felt when offered this proverbial seed and saw the boundless potential contained therein.” Undersecretary of DOST Renato Solidum shared his hopes to the students, “ I would like to express our deepest appreciation with our colleagues and friends at Huawei for helping us in our long term vision to provide world-class, scientific, technological, and innovative solutions towards high productivity and better quality of Life”, “Huawei’s commitment to developing skilled local ICT talents is laudable especially because how it bridges communication in between countries and cultures in a time we needed it most.”
During this special time, as pointed out by the World Economic Forum, ICT made it “possible to create value – as seen in remote work, remote healthcare, and remote education – particularly from the perspective of inclusivity.” More opportunities will appear for further growth through ICT, as new technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT becomes more widely applied in the new world.
With the vision to bring digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world. “This is the reason behind Seeds for the Future program,” Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo said during the closing ceremony of Seeds in the Future 2021, “It’s our great pleasure to offer more opportunities for ICT talents, to help students in the Philippines become better equipped, to take advantage of the opportunities in digital technology, and nurture the development of the country’s ICT ecosystem.”
Seeds for the Future program launched in 2015 here in the Philippines, has covered more than 200 Filipino students in the past seven years. The ICT Academy started in 2018 in the country, has covered more than 50 Philippine universities, over 9600 students joined the course.
Besides, aiming to pave the way for more ICT talents, Huawei also signed MoU with DICT to offer Huawei Certification Courses in emerging technologies such as AI, Big Data, Cloud service, etc, to help reach a bigger audience and promote digital learning, and widen the ICT Pipeline for sustained and inclusive growth.
Huawei Philippines will continue to devote itself to the education section, bringing digital skills to more Filipinos towards building a sustainable world.
Huawei and Huawei to promote Digital Transformation
Huawei aspires to transform Thailand’s economic sustainability through ICT and digital innovation.
Today, H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, attended a virtual executive meeting with Mr. Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei Technologies. Gen Prayut expressed appreciation for Huawei’s continued support of Thailand’s digital transformation and post-pandemic recovery, and his eagerness to further strengthen cooperation with Huawei to promote the Thailand 4.0 strategy and digital talent cultivation.
During the virtual meeting, Gen Prayut and Mr. Ren exchanged views on how to consolidate digital competitiveness and build a strong foundation for ICT talent in Thailand.
Gen Prayut also stressed the important role that advanced ICT technologies and digital innovation would play in supporting Thailand’s economic resilience and sustainability, stating that “Huawei has provided profound contributions to Thailand’s fight against the pandemic and digital transformation. I am deeply impressed by Huawei’s history and dedication culture. In the future, Thailand is eager to cooperate with Huawei in various areas, including digital economy, 5G smart hospital, cloud, and computing, digital power, smart logistics, and data center.”
Mr. Ren expressed his gratitude for the Thai government’s trust in Huawei and congratulated Thailand on its achievements in the 5G rollout. He emphasized that “Huawei and Thailand have been working together to build a strong digital infrastructure foundation. In the future, we look forward to accelerating the integration of digital technologies in Thailand’s key industries, especially in port and airport scenarios.”
“We have a strong belief in Thailand’s successful digital transformation and talent development. Our local team will work closely with Thai customers and partners to serve the country’s social and economic development with technology solutions.” Ren said.
Towards Thailand’s digital blueprint to becoming the ASEAN digital hub, Huawei and Thailand have been closely cooperating in two key areas.
First, in line with the Thailand 4.0 strategy, Huawei has worked with its customers to accelerate Thailand’s digital transformation and ICT infrastructure innovation. Through the adoption of 5G, Cloud, and AI, Huawei and its industry partners are enabling Thailand’s key sectors and creating exciting opportunities across multiple areas, including healthcare, education, transportation, e-government, and smart city, to bolster Thailand’s long-term socioeconomic development and digital ecosystem.
Among these actions, smart ports and airports are important potential cooperation areas for Huawei and Thailand. Mr. Ren introduced the company’s best practices in Smart Port and Smart Airport Solutions in China, which builds automation capabilities based on all factors — people, vehicles, goods, enterprises, and places — to help build safe, efficient, and intelligent world-class ports and airports.
Second, Gen Prayut and Mr. Ren also highlighted a commitment to cultivating upskilled and digital talent in Thailand. In order to drive Thailand’s digital transformation and long-term development, both men stressed that the public and private sectors must work together to build an open, shared ICT talent ecosystem that benefits all.
Aiming to cultivate Thailand’s local ICT talent and digital workforce, Huawei established the Huawei ASEAN Academy (Thailand) in 2019, which has trained over 41,000 ICT professionals and provided training to 1,300 small and medium-sized enterprises. Huawei has also signed MOUs with more than 20 Thai universities. With a digital world fast approaching, Huawei is determined to ensure that no one is left behind through digital inclusion initiatives that enhance the digital knowledge and employment prospects of vulnerable groups.
In March 2021, Huawei Thailand has been chosen for the Special Prime Minister Award as the “Digital International Corporation of the Year”. The award recognizes Huawei for its valuable support and outstanding contributions to Thai society and its efforts to support digital transformation. It is the only company to receive this award.
Sangfor Technologies is now in the Philippines
Sangfor managed cloud services aim to help accelerate digital transformation in the country.
To make digital transformation more accessible in the Philippines, Sangfor Technologies, a leading global vendor of IT infrastructure solutions, has launched the much-awaited Managed Cloud Services (MCS) with IT Depot, an established distribution organization for Network Security and infrastructure with a wide customer base across the Filipino market.
The fast-paced growth for digital demand globally and locally compels businesses to keep up and run on data and information. This makes proper cloud management crucial to achieve productivity and prevent security issues, data loss, and untimely downtime from impeding the shift to digital.
The Sangfor MCS will ensure to make the most of cloud investment and enable organizations to be more resilient amidst the challenges in the current and future business landscape. It can be used in managing private data centers, critical applications, back-up, and DR, on-premises HCI datacenter, Container-as-a-Service (CaaS), and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).
Sangfor MCS Partners are across the Philippines and other regions around the world, hosting over 1,000 enterprise-level data centers for customers in various sectors, from the government to Fortune 500 companies. Sangfor works closely with all local partners to deliver end-to-end, 24/7 managed services, simplifying and safeguarding customers’ digital transformation journey.
“Our MCS offers the cloud trifecta: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS), making it the best solution to accelerate digital transformation” shared Brian Wu, Sangfor Philippines Country Manager. “Businesses of any size can benefit from our MCS. Along with our local partners, we aim to catalyze digital transformation here in the Philippines to assist in the recovery of business and local economy,” he added.
Managed Cloud Services are proven to offer the best digital infrastructure and platform while accelerating speed and allowing IT administrators to center their work on operations rather than infrastructure needs. Sangfor MCS will be readily available for small regional businesses to global enterprises and will provide the convenience of public cloud, and the security, control, and services of a professional private cloud. It is available at over 100 globally distributed data center sites and comes packed with powerful built-in security capabilities.
Enterprises will also have the option to customize with their dedicated cloud host, storage, and networking, or choose private cloud, data, and recovery services. There are two (2) models available:
- Sangfor Alliance Cloud: A joint investment between Sangfor and local partners in an all-in-one, easy-to-deploy-and-integrate platform. Partners invest while Sangfor delivers the technology.
- Sangfor Subscription Cloud: A program that involves Sangfor delivering cloud software and technologies while local and multinational companies build and manage their cloud infrastructure and deliver managed cloud services to their respective customers.
For information on Managed Cloud Service, you may click on this link.
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