How is a Rift Valley flint knife like a Congolese tablet? Well, they’re both technologies made in Africa. One happens to be the first tool known to our species – while the other is a sign that tech manufacturing could soon take off across the continent.
As was noted at the 7th Ministerial Round Table, “Africa produced mankind’s very first technologies. Now is the time for the Continent to reassert itself as a technology producer.”
Participants in last week’s (28 – 30 May) eLearning Africa Conference in Kampala, Uganda, were in no doubt, however, that it is the combination of education and information technology that is critical to Africa’s future. Stanley Simataa, Namibia’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, told a special meeting of ministers of education and ICT at the event that “a 10 per cent increase in investment in broadband infrastructure will guarantee a 1.3 per cent increase in economic growth.” And the influential eLearning Africa Report, which was published last week, stresses that “if education is the key to everything, the key to the education of the future is infrastructure.”
Kampala, May 29. ICT has a vital role to play in generating greater economic growth for Africa. This is the belief put forward by the Vice-President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Edward Ssekandi, in an impassioned speech yesterday.
“Uganda has identified ICT as one of the priority interventions in the country’s socio-economic transformation agenda,” the Vice-President said, adding that it was crucial to the Government’s ambitions to transform Uganda into a middle-income country by 2017.
Opening a window on the continent's education future
The eLearning Africa Report 2014, launched yesterday by the His Excellency Edward Ssekandi, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, is claiming that Africans working in education are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future.
The report follows the publication of the World Bank's estimate that economic growth across Africa will rise to 5.2 per cent this year, shows that 74 per cent of professionals and investors in the key sectors of ICT and education are optimistic about future prospects.
eLearning Africa has arrived in Uganda. The 9th edition of the largest gathering of eLearning professionals on the continent opened its doors in Kampala today.
Over 1,500 participants and 300 speakers have arrived from across Africa and the world. Over the next three days they will explore the latest innovations and ideas that are, in the words of this year's theme, "opening frontiers to the future".
A spotlight will shine on the rising stars of Ugandan technology and education scene this year, as Kampala plays host to the eLearning Africa 2014 Conference later this month. A key focus will also be on those in the nation who don't yet have the access and education allowing them to reach their potential.
It is clear to Africa and the world that Uganda needs to generate more employment for its young people, 78% of whom are under the age of 30. In theory it is a desirable situation: a large youth population that is buzzing with energy and new ideas - but in reality this places huge pressure on Ugandan young people to fend for themselves with limited resources.
Für Asia Kamukama bedeutet Innovation, vier mal vier Solarmodule auf dem Dach ihres Pickups zu befestigen und die Ausrüstung, die für einen voll funktionsfähigen Computerschulungsraum benötigt wird, auf der Ladefläche zu verstauen. Sie ist Leiterin der Maendeleo Foundation, einer Organisation, die Computer in Teilen Ugandas bereitstellt, in denen es weder Strom noch Breitbandinternet gibt.
Die Infrastruktur in der Äquatorialregion ist zwar oft unzureichend, aber es gibt einen wesentlichen Vorteil: reichlich zuverlässiges Sonnenlicht. Diese unerschöpfliche Ressource nutzen mobile Klassenzimmer, die mit Solarstrom versorgt werden, und überwinden so die infrastrukturellen Schwächen der Region.
For Asia Kamukama, innovation means a four-by-four with solar panels strapped to the roof, the boot containing all the equipment needed for a fully-functional ICT classroom. She is Executive Director of the Maendeleo Foundation, an organisation that makes computers available in areas of Uganda where there is no electricity or broadband Internet.
While infrastructure in the equatorial region is underdeveloped, it does have a key advantage: plentiful, reliable sunlight. Mobile solar classrooms, an ever more common sight trundling along the potholed roads of rural Africa, show that the creative use of an abundant resource can overcome disadvantages.
More than ever before, Africans are turning to ICT-supported learning to grow their economies. In 2013, the eLearning Africa Report found that 40% of African technology-assisted learning professionals were using ICTs specifically for skills training, up from 18% the previous year.
The benefit of ICT-supported learning is that it allows employers to provide vocational training to a great number of workers for little cost. This year's eLearning Africa, 28th – 30th May in Kampala, Uganda, will explore how technology is revolutionising learning and training across the continent, under the theme "Opening Frontiers to the Future".
The eLearning Africa "Through your Lens" Photo Competition is back this year in its fifth edition. Under the theme of "Social Africa: building bridges through ICT", budding photographers are invited to submit snapshots depicting how ICT is enhancing the way individuals and communities in Africa live, learn, cooperate and connect.
Contributions from all sectors and walks of life are welcome. The photo should show how communication tools and information technologies can build bridges and foster relationships between people and be accompanied by a brief description outlining the inspiration behind their idea.
Many African countries are undergoing an economic boom, with ICTs seen as a major tool supporting growth. While Internet penetration rates remain low, innovative technologies are helping to ensure connectivity for more Africans than ever before.
The buoyancy in the African eLearning market is yet another sign that the potential of this diverse Continent is already being realised. There are, however, major challenges ahead. inflated trade tariffs and restrictive border controls between many African countries, for example, are stifling intra-African trade and collaboration, frequently presenting an all-too-physical barrier to continued, sustainable growth.
Out of this environment of challenge and opportunity, eLearning Africa has announced a Call for Proposals, inviting participants from across Africa and the world to submit their ideas, innovations and research, under the main theme of “Opening Frontiers to the Future”.
Viele afrikanische Staaten erleben derzeit einen Wirtschaftsboom und IKT wird als wesentliches Instrument zur Förderung dieses Wachstums gesehen. Obwohl die Internetverbreitung immer noch gering ist, helfen innovative Technologien dabei, mehr Afrikanern als jemals zuvor Netzzugang zu ermöglichen.
Die Schwungkraft im afrikanischen eLearning-Markt ist ein weiteres Zeichen dafür, dass das Potenzial dieses vielfältigen Kontinents bereits erkannt wird. Allerdings sind auch noch große Herausforderungen zu bewältigen. So lähmen beispielsweise überhöhte Zölle und restriktive Grenzkontrollen zwischen vielen afrikanischen Staaten den innerafrikanischen Handel und die Zusammenarbeit und setzen so einem nachhaltigen Wachstum konkrete physische Grenzen.
Vor dem Hintergrund dieser Herausforderungen und Chancen lädt die eLearning Africa Teilnehmer aus Afrika und der ganzen Welt ein, ihre Ideen, Innovationen und Forschungen unter dem Hauptthema "Opening Frontiers to the Future" (Die Grenzen zur Zukunft öffnen) als Vorträge einzureichen. Die Vortragseinreichung ist bis zum 15. Januar 2014 möglich.
A new report shows that laptops and mobile phones are now far and away the most popular new learning devices in Africa – while, despite the hype, tablets are still lagging, only being used regularly by 20% of eLearning practitioners.
This is just one of the surprising findings contained in the eLearning Africa Report 2013. Launched today (Thursday) at the Windhoek Safari Conference Centre by the Namibian Minister for ICT, the Honorable Joel Kaapanda, the report offers new insight into the complex uses of technology in African education – from the point of view of Africans themselves.
Ein neu erschienener Bericht zeigt, dass Laptops und Mobiltelefone inzwischen mit Abstand zu den populärsten Lernhilfsmitteln in Afrika avanciert sind. Im Gegensatz dazu sind Tablet-Computer – trotz des Medienrummels – weit abgeschlagen und werden nur von etwa 20% der eLearning-Fachkräfte regelmäßig genutzt.
Dies ist nur eine der überraschenden Erkenntnisse des eLearning Africa Reports 2013. Der Bericht wurde heute (Donnerstag) vom Namibischen Minister für Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie, dem Ehrenwerten Joel Kaapanda, im Windhoek Safari Konferenzzentrum vorgestellt. Er liefert neue, aus afrikanischer Perspektive beobachtete Einsichten darüber, in welchen Bereichen die Technologien in Afrika zur Anwendung kommen.
Um novo relatório mostra que os computadores portáteis e os telemóveis constituem hoje, de longe, os novos equipamentos de aprendizagem mais populares em África – só que, apesar deste entusiasmo, os tablets continuam a ficar para trás, sendo usados regularmente por apenas 20% dos profissionais do eLearning.
Este é apenas um dos resultados surpreendentes incluídos no Relatório eLearning África 2013. Apresentado hoje (quinta-feira) no Centro de Conferências Safari, em Windhoek, por Sua Excelência o Ministro das TIC da Namíbia, Joel Kaapanda, o relatório disponibiliza novas perspetivas sobre a complexa utilização da tecnologia no ensino em África – a partir do ponto de vista dos próprios africanos.
eLearning Africa has come to Southern Africa for the first time. "The Continent's largest gathering of eLearning and ICT supported education and training professionals" starts today in the Namibian capital, Windhoek.
Over 1,200 participants have arrived, to engage in debate and discussion with more than 300 speakers. Practically all of Africa is represented: but this year it is the Southern African states that are most prominent.
All Africa at the Table
eLearning Africa calls Round Table of Ministers
A round table of ministers and representatives from all across Africa is due to convene at eLearning Africa. The sixth of its kind to date, this yearly meeting offers a chance for governments to draw on the knowledge they have built up collectively over 20 years.
Four controversial experts will take part in "a bare-knuckle fight" about priorities for African education at this year's eLearning Africa Debate.
If you rely on the Western-dominated global media for your picture of Africa, you will receive a very distorted view. We all have our own experiences of stereotypical images, sweeping generalisations and the "famine and war" agenda that characterise so much of the reporting of Africa to the world.
Windhoek, Namibia / Berlin, Germany. Afrika erlebt einen technologischen Aufschwung, der tiefgreifende Auswirkungen auf den Bildungssektor des gesamten Kontinents hat.
A revolution is occurring throughout African societies. While governments implement high-level, high-visibility ICT strategies, experts have recently identified far more radical, hidden changes occurring across the Continent. New technologies, when adopted, are adapted to local needs: a sort of under-the-radar innovation which is now pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
Africa is experiencing a technological surge and it is having a dramatic effect on education throughout the Continent. Tech hubs are blossoming, new mobile devices and apps are being designed and produced in Africa, by Africans, and Africa's eLearning market is now the fastest-growing in the world.
The eLearning Africa Photo Competition is back this year in its fourth edition. Under the theme of “Tradition and ICT innovation: a couple with potential”, budding photographers are encouraged to send in their photos depicting how ICT is enhancing the way individuals and communities in Africa live, learn, cooperate and connect.
Launched today, The eLearning Africa 2013 Survey will monitor African opinion on how the Continent’s learning landscape is changing under the influence of new technologies. Under the overarching theme of ‘Mobility and the MDGs in Africa beyond 2015’, this major pan-African survey will form the foundation of The eLearning Africa 2013 Report, which will be launched at the eLearning Africa 2013 conference in Windhoek, Namibia, from May 29th – 31st 2013.
Africa's learning landscape: the influence of tradition, change and innovation eLearning Africa 2013
Call for Proposals now open!
With an estimated 10 African countries featuring among the world's fastest growing economies, Africa's status in the global economic landscape is set to change dramatically. Indeed, innovative new technologies combined with a pioneering spirit to improve lives are already changing the way Africans learn, work, play, think and imagine. But are the changes to education and skills development systems sustainable? How are African youth shaping their identities and navigating different learning spaces with these technologies? And are new technologies fundamentally disruptive to tradition?
At the Fifth Ministerial Round Table (MRT) on Education and Sustainable Financing in Africa, Ministers of Education and ICT from across Africa called for a rethinking of the financing strategies adopted by their higher education institutions in order to reach the United Nations Millennium Developmental Goals by 2015.
Max Ahouèkè, Benin’s Minister of Communication and Information and Communication Technologies, has closed the annual eLearning Africa conference which was held in Cotonou from May 23rd – 25th. Ahouèkè praised those gathered for the progress that has been achieved in implementing ICT-enhanced educational practices across Africa. He said, “More and more students now have access to world-class learning resources without the barriers of distance and cost. It is a favourable situation for politicians, educationalists and learners alike, and promises to bring about a revolution in African education.”
The 7th eLearning Africa conference has started in Cotonou, Benin. Max Ahouèkè, Benin’s Minister of Communication and Information and Communication Technologies, said that the government of Benin was pleased to be hosting the Continent’s leading ICT practitioners from education, government and business. Ahouèkè used the occasion to launch the eLearning Africa 2012 Report on how Africans are using new technologies to enhance education and training across Africa. The report uses data collected from 447 survey respondents and contains detailed analyses by a number of prominent commentators including traditional chiefs, investors and academics from across Africa.
The Honourable Max Ahouéké, Minister of Communication and Information and Communication Technologies of the Republic of Benin, will present the results this week of a major survey of the impact of new technology and improved connectivity on education throughout Africa.
Mobile technologies, which play an increasingly important role in Africa's education systems, are set to stimulate debate at this year's eLearning Africa conference in Cotonou, Benin, from May 23rd to 25th. Through a range of interactive expert-led sessions, participants at eLearning Africa 2012, the Continent's leading conference on ICT for development, education and training, will explore the challenges, opportunities and success stories of mLearning.
The eLearning Africa Photo Competition is back and has got off to a flying start. eLearning and photography enthusiasts from across Africa and the rest of the world have been sharing their view of ICTs in Africa. The closing date for submissions is April 16th, 2012, and participation is free.
The world famous “hole in the wall” experiment conducted in a New Delhi Slum in 1999 showed the value of Minimally Invasive Education—the provocative yet persuasive theory of how children are able to teach themselves with little supervision. The man behind the research, Sugata Mitra, will be a keynote speaker at eLearning Africa 2012 which will be held from May 23rd to 25th in Cotonou, Benin.
Next year’s eLearning Africa, the Continent’s leading conference on ICT for development, education and training, will take place in Cotonou, Benin, from May 23rd to 25th, 2012, under the patronage of the Republic of Benin. eLearning Africa is the key networking event for developing eLearning capacities in Africa, and the call for papers is now open. eLearning Africa is a dynamic forum for sharing the latest research, best practice guidance and case studies on the integration of ICT into education and training for all sectors of economic development, including business, education, agriculture, health delivery and governance.