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RHIZOME AND PAUL G. ALLEN FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO ADVANCE CIVIC EDUCATION IN WASHINGTON SCHOOLS

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Seattle, WA — Today, Rhizome and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced a $620,000 initiative aimed at creating a new Civic Service Fellowship program in Washington high schools. This three-year initiative will establish over 100 teams of Fellows in hyperlocal Chapters across the state of Washington. Rhizome’s Civic Service Fellowship prioritizes rural communities, under-resourced areas, and communities of color. The Civic Service Fellowship will empower high school students to lead year-round initiatives designed to boost civic engagement within their schools and communities. This will include organizing community events, educating younger students about democracy, and assisting their eligible peers with voter registration or pre-registration. Students have the opportunity to mend divisions, combat disengagement, and address the mental health crisis by creating civic communities. By inviting students to gain leadership experience and build healthy habits based on who they want to become, Rhizome inspires responsibility and produces pathways for lifelong leadership and public engagement. Civic participation can be an important factor for young people’s social and mental well-being. Recent research from Gallup has found that less than half of Gen Z members feel as though they are “thriving” and only 44% feel prepared for their future. While 76% of young people across the country believe their age group has the power to enact change, only 40% of all youth—and only 34% of youth of color—report feeling well-qualified to participate in politics. In an era marked by diminishing public trust and worsening mental health outcomes among young people, this initiative will equip students with the tools to engage their communities in building a healthier world for all. “After 90 of us came together as Co-Founders of Rhizome just two years ago, we are thrilled to announce this multi-year partnership with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, addressing the need for sustainable systems that empower emerging leaders to shape change,” said Jacob Merkle, Rhizome’s CEO. “In an era of unmet challenges to our civic and mental health, this collaboration allows Rhizome to scale our grassroots system, deepen our impact, and build collective power for young people. We’re grateful for the Foundation's recognition that young people are the future. We hope this early commitment will spur philanthropy to provide more scale-enabling, no-strings-attached funding for young people to create the safer, happier, and healthier world they deserve.” “Witnessing the growth of Rhizome from day one has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life. Not simply the growth of the organization, but the tangible difference that has been made in the confidence of countless students. As an organizer in Washington, my proudest moment is seeing the transformation in students as they gain their voice to fearlessly advocate for their own beliefs,” said Hiba Siddiqui, a Rhizome Regional Organizer who works in Eastern Washington. “Having the support of partners like the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation reaffirms our mission and gives us the resources to expand our reach. I am excited to see the indelible impact that will be made as Rhizome brings our community of trust, friendship, and belonging to other areas in Washington.” “Civic education is necessary now more than ever. Our civic landscape has shifted and testifies to the urgency to actively involve youth in bettering their communities and solving societal issues. As a committed civic educator for over two decades, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have partners in this mission,” said Jen Reidel, a Social Studies and English teacher at Bellingham High School. “I can provide classroom experiences, but I need like - minded civic organizations like Rhizome to help students find their civic identities and mission outside the classroom.” According to Ms. Reidel, Rhizome removes the responsibility of supporting a student club outside of class from the teacher and places it on the students and their Rhizome mentor. It honors student agency and diversity by equipping students to promote civic engagement within their school and identify issues they would like to address at a local level and authentically work toward their solution. Funds from the partnership will directly support student-led efforts by paying a dedicated team of Rhizome’s student organizers in Washington, who will work to implement the Civic Service Fellowship in local schools in their communities. By funding this important work, Rhizome and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation are investing deeply in the next generation of lifelong civic leaders. About Rhizome Founded in 2021, Rhizome is a national network of student leaders organizing to empower young people to build stronger communities. Rhizome was co-founded by 90 young people to help students become more civically active while training the next generation of organizers and emerging leaders. Learn more at www.werhize.org. About the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Founded in 1988 by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, the foundation invests in communities across the Pacific Northwest to enhance the human experience of arts & culture, center under-served populations, and mobilize young people to make impact. In addition, the foundation supports a global portfolio of nonprofit partners working across science and technology solutions to protect wildlife, preserve ocean health, and create lasting change. The foundation also funds the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which works to advance cutting-edge research in all areas of bioscience. Contact Details Rhizome Maya Rodriguez, Communications Director +1 415-488-7692 mayar@werhize.org Company Website https://www.werhize.org

November 01, 2023 08:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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How Ambow Education (NYSE: AMBO) Is Potentially Revolutionizing The Future Of Education With HybriU AI Digital Learning

Ambow Education Holding

By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga The world of education is rapidly evolving, largely due to changes in technology and an increased need for remote or hybrid learning. As a result, companies such as Ambow Education Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AMBO) are stepping up to provide innovative solutions that address the changing needs of educators and students alike. Ambow’s HybriU AI digital education solution seems to be gaining attention and is being employed in a range of environments to achieve various goals. Ambow, a leading AI technology-driven educational company operating primarily in the United States, seems poised to transform education with its latest innovation – the HybriU AI digital education solution. This cutting-edge solution is powered by groundbreaking OOOK technology and is a patented system designed to modernize and elevate educational and workforce training for students. By harnessing this advanced technology, Ambow seeks to provide students with comprehensive and current resources, equipping them with the skills necessary to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving world. The online education sector seems to be on a trajectory for growth, projected to more than triple from its 2022 valuation of $192 billion to $602 billion by 2030, at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2% from 2022 to 2030. The distinct advantages offered by HybriU, tailor-made for the new hybrid learning paradigm, seem to position Ambow Education at the forefront of the industry. Ambow aims to be the driving force in the sector, propelling hybrid learning experiences into the future. One of HybriU's potential benefits is to bridge learning gaps within school districts. With its personalized learning capabilities, HybriU empowers educators to create customized educational content tailored to individual students' specific needs. This enables students to learn at their own pace and receive targeted support where they face challenges. Moreover, the solution ensures remote accessibility, which is particularly beneficial for students in rural or underserved communities who may otherwise lack access to high-quality educational resources. Another compelling use for HybriU lies in its ability to facilitate interactive hybrid teaching across multiple branches and sites. By transcending geographical boundaries, HybriU aims to foster a more engaging and dynamic learning experience for students across different locations and branches This flexible approach to education effectively extends the reach of universities and colleges beyond state and international borders, thereby granting access to a broader audience. Equally significant is HybriU's capability to provide data-driven insights, enabling educators to develop effective strategies for addressing learning gaps. By analyzing performance data, HybriU can pinpoint precisely where students encounter difficulties and provide teachers with invaluable insights into how best to support their students' specific learning needs. With the assistance of remedial and enrichment materials, HybriU can also provide students with targeted support to help them catch up in specific subjects or excel further. The HybriU AI digital education solution seems poised to be a transformative force in education, reshaping the landscape of learning. From closing learning gaps and improving accessibility to enabling interactive teaching across diverse educational environments, to many it comes as no surprise that HybriU is capturing attention and delivering desirable results for its users. As the field of education continues to evolve, solutions like HybriU can likely be expected to play a vital role in empowering educators and students to unlock their full potential. Ambow aims to be at the forefront of this educational revolution, driving the future of learning. To sign up for a free demo of HybriU, visit http://www.hybriU.com or www.ambow.com. Ambow Education Holding Ltd. is a leading cross-border career educational and technology service provider, offering high-quality, individualized services and products. With its extensive network of regional service hubs complemented by a dynamic proprietary learning platform and distributors, Ambow provides its services and products to students in China and United States of America. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Kevin Derrivan kderrivan@amboweducation.com Company Website https://www.ambow.com/

November 01, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation: Redefining Learning Trends with AI

CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 20 October 2023 - The rapid development of artificial intelligence in recent years has opened the way for AI to revolutionize learning. The most talked-about education-related topic in 2023 is how AI and other examples of cutting-edge technology can change the way we teach our children. Concurrently, interdisciplinary learning that revolves around urban centers is also catching on around the world thanks to its culturally rich, explorative nature. The main theme of the 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation, hosted by CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing, was "AI x Education: Redefining Learning". The topics of discussion focused on education goals, learning methods, and a deep dive into "why we learn" in the era of AI. In addition to the insightful discourse on global education trends, an exciting new program in this year's forum was the series of individual seminars that zeroed in on specific concepts, such as career planning, hands-on learning, and OPEN365, an invigorating new approach to improving education with outside-the-box thinking. The aim of the conference was to inject new ideas into Taiwan's education innovation ecosystem, so that it may have a lasting effect on the education system. Nearly a thousand parents and education workers participated in the annual extravaganza. A special highlight of the conference was the talk on "The World is Your School: Making Learning Fun with Technology", which saw Teachers Lead Tech founder Monika Katkute sharing success stories from Lithuania, in which EdTech helped students expand their understanding of the world. Hsiao-Yue Tsao, Chair of the Graduate Institute of Interactive Media Design at National Taipei University of Technology, spoke about cooperation between businesses and academia that aims to advance technological education. With her guidance, participants were able to experience the new era of the Metaverse, as well as inspiring new applications in AR, VR, and XR tech that showcased the creativity and diversity of Taiwan's education scene. Taiwan's booming EdTech industry was another area of great interest, as speakers shared case studies about how AI was used to teach students to play Go, the contribution of robots and the Internet of things (IoT) on campuses, interactive online courses, the utilization of tech to promote aesthetic education for children, etc. The rich tapestry of seminars and exhibitions allowed participants to witness live demonstrations on how AI and technology can be integrated into learning. The audience was wowed by different tech applications and how technology can turn the world of education on its head while creating new business opportunities. The proposed end goal is to change the methods of "teaching" and "learning" so that the ideal of "Personalized Learning" can become reality. The 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation hosted by CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing will continue to use its media influence to build new platforms for education innovation. Through in-depth dialogue and the free sharing of ideas, it is hoped that the education ecosystem will thrive and bring about greater cooperation between academia and the private sector. Contact Details CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing LO AN LIN roanlin@cw.com.tw

October 23, 2023 09:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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GPE Launches Virtual Reality Film on Climate Change And Education

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

WASHINGTON D.C., MAPUTO - Media OutReach - 23 October 2023 - The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) launched today Education in the eye of the storm – a virtual reality film in partnership with UNICEF showcasing the challenges that climate change poses on children’s education in Mozambique. Education in the eye of the storm invites users to experience how extreme weather events are impacting education and how children and their communities are adapting. Cyclone Freddy, the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record, hit Mozambique twice - on February 24 and March 11, 2023 - causing strong winds combined with heavy rains and wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds of thousands of families. “Viewers will experience Cyclone Freddy’s intensity and get a visceral understanding of the challenges faced by the community during this natural disaster,” said Laura Frigenti, GPE’s Chief Executive Officer. “Education is an underestimated but critical pillar of climate action. GPE will continue helping partner countries develop climate-smart education systems,” added Frigenti. “As the climate crisis intensifies, Mozambique continues to face recurrent cyclones and climate shocks, which are putting children’s ability to learn in serious jeopardy. That’s why UNICEF is working with Government of Mozambique and partners to invest in climate resilient classrooms, which can stand up to the strongest storms and make sure children remain in school – even after disasters strike,” said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Mozambique. Through a 360° immersive experience, users can access videos, photos, interviews and other content to understand the scale of the destruction caused by Cyclone Freddy and its consequences for children’s education. Keeping children in school through climate-related event starts with building resilient education systems. This includes risk-sensitive planning, climate-resilient infrastructure, and advancing curricula and teacher training on climate and disaster risk reduction. To fully harness the potential of education for climate action, GPE is working with partners to offer technical support to include climate-risk in countries’ plans, fosters cross-sector coordination and financing for adaptation efforts. With almost one third of GPE grants supporting climate change response efforts, GPE also launched the Climate Smart Education Systems initiative in partnership with Save the Children and UNESCO, to enhance countries’ capacities to include climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability into education sector plans and budgets. Access https://educationinthestorm.org/ to view the virtual reality film. Read the Factsheet: Confronting climate change through education About UNICEF The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world's toughest places to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them reach their true potential. Across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for all. And we never give up. For more information on UNICEF Mozambique and its work for every child, visit www.unicef.org.mz. About the Global Partnership for Education GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world’s learning crisis. We mobilize partners and funds to support nearly 90 lower-income countries to transform their education systems so that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world. www.globalpartnership.org Contact Details GPE Head of Communications Tamara Kummer +33 7 82 26 07 18 tkummer@globalpartnership.org Chief of Advocacy, Communication and Partnerships (ACP), UNICEF Mozambique Guy Taylor (English) +258 85 183 9954 gutaylor@unicef.org Communication Officer, UNICEF Mozambique Gabriel Pereira (Portuguese) +258 84 522 1721 gpereira@unicef.org

October 23, 2023 04:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation: Redefining Learning Trends with AI

CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 20 October 2023 - The rapid development of artificial intelligence in recent years has opened the way for AI to revolutionize learning. The most talked-about education-related topic in 2023 is how AI and other examples of cutting-edge technology can change the way we teach our children. Concurrently, interdisciplinary learning that revolves around urban centers is also catching on around the world thanks to its culturally rich, explorative nature. The main theme of the 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation, hosted by CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing, was "AI x Education: Redefining Learning". The topics of discussion focused on education goals, learning methods, and a deep dive into "why we learn" in the era of AI. In addition to the insightful discourse on global education trends, an exciting new program in this year's forum was the series of individual seminars that zeroed in on specific concepts, such as career planning, hands-on learning, and OPEN365, an invigorating new approach to improving education with outside-the-box thinking. The aim of the conference was to inject new ideas into Taiwan's education innovation ecosystem, so that it may have a lasting effect on the education system. Nearly a thousand parents and education workers participated in the annual extravaganza. A special highlight of the conference was the talk on "The World is Your School: Making Learning Fun with Technology", which saw Teachers Lead Tech founder Monika Katkute sharing success stories from Lithuania, in which EdTech helped students expand their understanding of the world. Hsiao-Yue Tsao, Chair of the Graduate Institute of Interactive Media Design at National Taipei University of Technology, spoke about cooperation between businesses and academia that aims to advance technological education. With her guidance, participants were able to experience the new era of the Metaverse, as well as inspiring new applications in AR, VR, and XR tech that showcased the creativity and diversity of Taiwan's education scene. Taiwan's booming EdTech industry was another area of great interest, as speakers shared case studies about how AI was used to teach students to play Go, the contribution of robots and the Internet of things (IoT) on campuses, interactive online courses, the utilization of tech to promote aesthetic education for children, etc. The rich tapestry of seminars and exhibitions allowed participants to witness live demonstrations on how AI and technology can be integrated into learning. The audience was wowed by different tech applications and how technology can turn the world of education on its head while creating new business opportunities. The proposed end goal is to change the methods of "teaching" and "learning" so that the ideal of "Personalized Learning" can become reality. The 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation hosted by CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing will continue to use its media influence to build new platforms for education innovation. Through in-depth dialogue and the free sharing of ideas, it is hoped that the education ecosystem will thrive and bring about greater cooperation between academia and the private sector. Contact Details LO AN LIN roanlin@cw.com.tw

October 20, 2023 09:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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GLOBAL ENGINEER GIRLS ACHIEVES MILESTONE IN KOSOVO TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY IN STEM

Limak

GLOBAL ENGINEER GIRLS ACHIEVES MILESTONE IN KOSOVO TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY IN STEM Prishtine, October 18, 2023 - Global Engineer Girls (GEG), the international philanthropic initiative aiming to improve women’s representation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), proudly announces the graduation of 20 young women from its flagship program in Kosovo. Implemented by Limak Group in partnership with the UNDP in Kosovo, GEG Kosovo empowers young women and girls enrolled in STEM education and provides them with opportunities to gain crucial experience in a male-dominated industry. The project aims to inspire the next generation of female engineers, and highlight the strides made towards gender equality in STEM education. The graduation ceremony marked the successful completion of a year-long journey of scholarships, training, mentorship, and internships, all provided by GEG Kosovo. The ceremony also highlighted the projects undertaken by the girls during their participation in the program, including digital communication, effective team management, personal brand-building, communication, and interpersonal skills. These projects serve as compelling evidence that extending opportunities to girls is a vital way to prepare them for successful futures in the STEM world. President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, in her speech, mentioned, "We must ensure that all our bright minds have equal opportunities to pursue the education of their choice. We need these equal minds in order to address the critical issues of our time, such as climate change and AI. We cannot afford to exclude half of our population from the most pressing challenges of our era. It is imperative to collaborate and work together to achieve equality more swiftly. These young girls serve as clear examples of the potential within our youth. It is our duty to ensure that young women and girls feel empowered to pursue their dreams, regardless of the path they choose. They must harbour no fear or hesitation in stating, 'I want it, and I will make it.' Every girl holds a guaranteed place in our future. I encourage each girl to carry forward the legacy of GEG.” Chair of Limak Holding and Limak Foundation, Ebru Özdemir, said: “It's truly an important milestone for GEG and our vision at Limak. I’m thrilled to see the progress of the GEG Kosovo participants over the past year, and I am certain they all have a bright future ahead of them. Engineering isn’t a man’s world anymore, so it is our responsibility to continue to create opportunities for young women to succeed in STEM by supporting them in their studies and careers.” GEG Kosovo extends its gratitude to its supporters, mentors, parents, and volunteers, who have enabled the success of this program. Their collective efforts have empowered young girls to overcome challenges, build confidence, and unlock their full potential. Moving forward, GEG Kosovo remains committed to expanding and enhancing its programs to reach even more young girls, empowering them to break down barriers and become leaders in STEM fields. About Global Engineer Girls Global Engineer Girls (GEG) is an international philanthropic initiative that aims to inspire the next generation of female engineers. The inception of GEG was driven by Limak Group of Companies' culture and its Chairperson's, Ebru Özdemir's, deep personal commitment to improving women's representation in STEM. GEG provides girls and women with education, mentorship and career opportunities in Turkey, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Kuwait and beyond. GEG's predecessor, the Engineer Girls of Turkey (EGT), was launched in Turkey in 2015. Since its inception in 2015, the GEG university programme has benefited 710 young women by providing support for female students enrolled in chemical, civil, computer, electrical- electronic, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering departments in Turkish universities. This support has included funded scholarships and mentoring by hundreds of professional volunteers, as well as online training programs, soft skills and English language courses, internships, and employment opportunities at Limak's companies and partner companies. About Global Engineer Girls Kosovo Global Engineer Girls (GEG) Kosovo was established in 2022, in partnership with Limak Kosovo and United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo. GEG Kosovo currently operates in three public universities, covering bachelor and master's programs in engineering. UNIVERSITY OF PRISHTINA "HASAN PRISHTINA", UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES IN FERIZAJ, UNIVERSITY OF MITROVICA "ISA BOLETINI"œ Note to editors: High-resolution images from the graduation ceremony are available in the attachment. Contact Details Highgate Advisory Ltd. Iulia Trandafir +44 7516 787557 iulia@highgate.ltd

October 19, 2023 09:59 AM Central Daylight Time

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NewSchool Of Architecture And Design Utilizes Ambow’s (NYSE: AMBO) HybriU AI Digital Education Solution For Hybrid AI + Design Thinking Seminar Series In San Diego

Ambow Education Holding

By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga The installation of the HybriU AI digital education solution at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego represents a significant milestone for Ambow Education Holdings (NYSE: AMBO). The education sector has been undergoing a transformation, with digital and hybrid learning becoming the new standard across all levels of education. This shift has exposed the need for suitable infrastructure to support the complexities of multi-site, hybrid digital learning. Platforms like Zoom (NASDAQ: ZM) and others have struggled to meet the diverse needs of online education. This is where artificial intelligence (AI) platforms and integration become crucial. Ambow Education is leading this revolution with its HybriU learning platform, specifically designed to meet the mounting need for a new model that effectively fuses online and offline instruction at higher-learning institutions worldwide. NewSchool, with its 40-year history in San Diego's East Village, has a strong connection to the city's development. Over the years, its students, faculty, and alumni have played a pivotal role in shaping San Diego's architectural and design landscape. As the sole accredited architecture program in San Diego, NewSchool has been a vital contributor to the local architecture and design industry. NewSchool's commitment to the local community has been evident through its faculty and students' participation in a wide range of design projects. Founded in 1980 by Richard Welsh, the school quickly established itself as a leading institution for architectural education. Notably, NewSchool students have had the opportunity to work on conceptual plans for significant locations, including Qualcomm Stadium and Westfield UTC Mall. With the installation of the HybriU AI digital education solution at NewSchool, the institution can now empower professors to conduct a series of AI and design-related seminars open to the public, in addition to on-campus and off-campus students. Seminars such as "Product Design in the AI Era," "Drones in Construction: From Preconstruction to Occupancy," and "Design Thinking and Innovation: Design in the AI Era" have not only been beneficial to the local community but Ambow reports that they have also received extremely positive feedback. Ambow's HybriU solution is designed to bridge the gap between academia and industry, providing students with a seamless and immersive learning experience. By integrating cutting-edge AI technology, HybriU eliminates barriers related to language, geography, academia and industry, offering students the resources needed to succeed in today's rapidly evolving world. As a pioneering innovator in technology-driven education, Ambow recognizes the need to modernize and enhance educational and workforce training. Their HybriU AI digital education solution, powered by patented OOOK technology, aims to accomplish just that. By incorporating this powerful technology, Ambow equips students with up-to-date resources, ensuring they have the skills required to thrive in the current educational landscape. The HybriU AI digital classroom comes equipped with advanced features, including AI-tracking cameras that ensure virtual students do not miss crucial information or demonstrations. Multiple microphones placed throughout the classroom capture teaching and discussions, guaranteeing a seamless learning experience without distractions or difficulties in hearing valuable information from peers or teachers. NewSchool's pilot program is an encouraging step forward for HybriU to meet the substantial market demand. The online education sector is projected to experience significant growth, with an estimated value of $602 billion by 2030, reflecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2% from 2022 to 2030. The advantages offered by HybriU, explicitly designed for hybrid learning, position Ambow Education as a key player in the industry, driving online learning experiences into the future. To sign up for a free demo of HybriU, visit http://www.hybriU.com or www.ambow.com. Ambow Education Holding Ltd. is a leading cross-border career educational and technology service provider, offering high-quality, individualized services and products. With its extensive network of regional service hubs complemented by a dynamic proprietary learning platform and distributors, Ambow provides its services and products to students in China and United States of America. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Kevin Derrivan kderrivan@amboweducation.com Company Website https://www.ambow.com/

October 19, 2023 09:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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October 12, 2023 01:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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SIGMA America Announces Results of its 4th Annual “Focused On The Fight” Charitable Giving Campaign Supporting Local Community Education

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, a leading camera and lens manufacturer for both photography and cinema applications, announced today the results of its 4th Annual “Focused on the Fight” Charitable Giving Campaign. The initiative kicked off the new academic school year with a $50,000 contribution to schools selected by participating SIGMA dealers through DonorsChoose, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting teachers and students by funding educational projects that go beyond traditional school budgets. While this year’s charitable giving program is expected to cover 90% of U.S. states once fully funded later this month, SIGMA America’s long-term goal is to fund school projects in every state. To date, SIGMA dealers have donated to 68 schools and funded 70 school projects and will continue to grow as more projects are funded. Participating dealers are: Bedford Camera & Video, numerous locations in AK, OK, MO F32 Photo, Knoxville, TN Garland Camera Repair & Photo Imaging, Garland, TX Glazer’s, Seattle, WA Hot Rod Cameras, Burbank, CA Houston Camera Exchange, Houston, TX Nuzira, Scottsdale, AZ Pixel Connection, Avon, OH and Nashville, TN PROCAM, Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; and Cincinnati, OH SIGMA America is grateful for and dedicated to the Long Island community which has supported its headquarters for nearly 40 years, and to the Los Angeles community that welcomed its Burbank office and showroom in 2018. As part of this charitable giving campaign, SIGMA served a total of 44 schools and funded a total of 46 projects, including the following in the Long Island and Los Angeles communities: East Islip High School, Islip, NY, “Strobe Lighting for Photography Students” project Martin Luther King Junior Elementary, Wyandanch, NY, “Strike a Pose It’s Camera Time” project Sotomayar Arts and Science Magnet School, Los Angeles, CA, “Empowering Student Filmmakers” project Logan Academy of Global Ecology, Los Angeles, CA, “Make a Statement without Saying a Word” project "We strongly believe that Sigma’s ‘picture’ – or actions – must match our words," says Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of SIGMA America. "Photography, by its creative nature, promotes awareness, compassion, and empathy; it is the heart of all we do as photographers. Nurturing and cultivating the next generation of creatives starts in the school, and it’s often the creative programs that are the first to fall victim to underfunding. We look forward to the impact this initiative will have on our communities now, and in the years to come." For the full list of funded projects and participating partners, please visit: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/focused-on-the-fight-23 SIGMA’s “Focused On the Fight” Charitable Giving Campaign was started in 2020 to assist in alleviating and eradicating Covid-19 after-effects, and in 2022 turned its focused to supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Since its inception, a generous $343,000 has been donated to charities in the United States and Ukraine, including local charities selected by 53 SIGMA participating dealers. About SIGMA Corporation of America SIGMA Corporation of America, founded in 1984, is the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation, a family-owned manufacturer of lenses, cameras and photo accessories. Headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY, SIGMA America expanded its US operations in 2018 with the opening of SIGMA Burbank, a multifunctional showroom, event space and repairs/distribution facility located in the heart of the Los Angeles entertainment industry. Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Leica, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with over 35 award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. ### For information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog for helpful information about our products. Follow SIGMA America on social media! SIGMA Photo: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram SIGMA Cine: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Contact Details SIGMA +1 631-207-7381 SIGMA.PR@sigmaphoto.com Company Website https://www.sigma-global.com/en/

October 12, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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