eLearning Africa will showcase the stories, experiences, research, thinking and expertise that make up the complex but thrilling picture of ICT for development, education and training in Africa today, under the overall theme of Opening Frontiers to the Future.
Rich in resources and with a youthful population, Africa is looking to the future with confidence.
At a time when, even in some of the world's most advanced economies, degrees and qualifications are no guarantee of employment, how can Africans equip themselves with the skills necessary to not only succeed in their local market but also shape and lead the global marketplace? How can an environment be created that rewards entrepreneurship and encourages African-born innovation? How can productive partnerships between government and the private-sector be encouraged? How can we ensure that growth is sustainable and inclusive, and how can we make the most of economic growth today to lay secure foundations for the future?
International investors are turning their attention to a continent rich in potential. Now, Africa faces an important debate about how to make the most of the new climate of opportunity and define a new narrative.
The majority of Africans will not enjoy the full benefit of economic growth unless some fundamental issues are dealt with, such as how to overcome artificial barriers to trade, how to manage and anticipate changes, how to ensure that foreign investment aligns with sustainable development goals and how best to enable education, skills development and leadership to be of higher priority.
Vital to Africa's future, these questions will form the core of the agenda for eLearning Africa 2014.
Under the overall theme Opening Frontiers to the Future, the following subthemes will be addressed at the event:
From the African Continent
A web of opportunities, ICTs provide inspiration for African youth, entrepreneurship, innovation and development of hardware, software and more. Showcase the very best coming out of Africa.
Infrastructures: Increasing Scalability
Full participation will lead to progress for all: how can connectivity be successfully optimised for large-scale impact on development, education and training?
Pre-Service and In-Service Educators
Educators and teacher-instruction play a central role in socio-economic transformation. Contribute your experiences with ICTs in this vital field.
ICT for Pedagogy
Digitisation of education addresses key challenges in society and has a massive effect on pedagogy, tools and methods: share how this can be achieved.
One continent, 54 countries and a fast-changing, globalised world: how can education be sustainably funded in the 21st Century?
Technology Leadership and Governance
Measurable deliverables of dedicated and enlightened leadership and transparency are essential to development, education and training. Share inspirational cases from HE, Schools and the Public sector.
Knowledge Exchange for Best Practice
How can ICT cultivate expertise in a variety of sectors which intersect with development, education and training?
Methods, pilots, data and reports: disseminate studies and solutions which are vital to advancement.