The Keys to the Future: Learnability and Employability

Africa is full of talent. It has the world's most youthful, growing population. African economies are growing too. Africans are confident about the future. There is a sense of optimism in the air.

Africa has set about changing itself, making a reality of the African Union's 2063 Vision of a "transformed continent." What will facilitate change and make it sustainable, though? What will enable Africans to transform our talent into skills and our skills into success? What will attract investors to our businesses, venture capitalists to our entrepreneurs and employers to our workers? What are the keys to the future?

eLearning Africa 2019 has focused on two of the most important keys: learnability and employability. How can we learn and grow quickly? How can we adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances of the future? How can we equip ourselves with the skills required by the African labour markets of both today and tomorrow? Learnability and employability are the key attributes Africans will need in tomorrow's rapidly changing global economy. eLearning Africa 2019 is about how we can all acquire them.


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  1. Case studies highlighting the use of digital technology in basic education (primary and secondary), TVET, Higher Education and Applied Research
  2. Africa's war on illiteracy: new initiatives for adults, rural populations and vulnerable / marginalised groups
  3. Basic education: connected classrooms
  4. Harnessing technology to reduce school dropout rates
  5. Learner-centered experiences
  6. Recognition and visibility
  7. Using open source, open education and MOOCs – and improving sustainability
  8. Transforming Africa's Higher Education and meeting the current and future needs of the labour market and reducing migration
  9. Borderless universities: promoting cross-border and university-business partnerships
  1. How African teachers think and how to overcome institutional resistance to change
  2. Digital literacy for teachers and trainers
  3. Empowering educators through continuous professional development
  4. Methodologies to improve the performance of teachers
  5. Innovative teaching methods and technologies
  6. Communities of practice for teachers
  7. Improving access to resources
  8. New opportunities in teacher training
  1. Transformative technologies – what could make a difference and how should it be implemented?
  2. The role of mobile technologies: mobile learning and apps
  3. Technologies and platforms out of the box - customisation and new uses for old systems
  4. Gamification
  5. Drones for education in Africa
  6. Teaching and learning coding
  7. Artificial intelligence, mixed reality
  8. Machine learning and chatbots
  9. Adaptive learning technologies
  1. The right skills: defining the skills Africa will need in the future
  2. The impact of the 'fourth industrial revolution' on African economies
  3. Learnability and employability: the keys for the future
  4. The increasing importance of 'softskills': communication, critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, initiative, persuasion, resilience, leadership and social influence
  5. Design thinking
  6. Building the 'skills hubs' of the future: recipes for success
  7. Call for collaboration: participation, creation, contribution
  8. The relevance of technical vocational education and training (TVET)
  9. The dual education system

  1. Connectivity and inter-connectivity: challenges and opportunities
  2. Connectivity: 'off-the-grid' solutions
  3. Equality, diversity and inclusion for all: improving access for girls and women, marginalised groups, special needs education, poverty, vulnerable people and the impact of conflict
  4. Youth Empowerment and Employment Promotion in the Digital "World"
  5. Access to educational resources
  6. Inclusive schools
  7. Online content in Africa: from consumers to creators
  1. What Africa knows: understanding, assessing and promoting African knowledge
  2. The emerging African knowledge economy
  3. African languages: the role of technology in their use and preservation
  4. African knowledge online: new opportunities
  5. Online platforms that promote African culture
  1. How to get finance, how to structure it, how to spend it wisely
  2. New funding models for African businesses
  3. The role of investors, venture capitalists and partners
  4. Case studies of successful public-private partnerships
  5. The cost of borders and barriers
  6. Responding to the needs of African business
  1. The role of HR in companies in the digital era
  2. Digital models to improve competitiveness
  3. Digital training methods to improve performance
  4. Skills development in the workplace
  5. Knowledge transfer with digital tools
  6. Tools to measure performance in the company
  7. Collaborative platforms
  8. Talent management - Retaining talent and performance management
  9. Preparing digitally competent employees
  10. Leadership development
  11. Overcoming resistance to change
  12. Lifelong learning
  13. Smart work centres for small businesses and start-ups
  1. Agriculture: ICT's role in transforming African farming, information management techniques and knowledge sharing methodologies, sustainable agribusiness creation, mobile apps to improve the agricultural sector, technology and agricultural training, ICTs and climate change.
  2. Health: training for health care professionals, technology and new health platforms, better delivery and service improvements; disease and public awareness; mobile apps for healthcare.
  3. Security: improving security cooperation and training; improving resilience and response; interoperability; public-private sector cooperation; cyber and digital threats to Africa; making Africa digitally secure.
  4. Finance: growing Africa's financial services sector; future training needs; opportunities and challenges; mobile money; connectivity and finance; access to international expertise; online fraud, the cyber threat and securing Africa's financial services sector.
  5. Tourism & Hospitality: Partnership training models, language training solutions, digital tools for new business models.
  6. Edtech: entrepreneurship in Africa; the role of entrepreneurs; start-ups: building successful EDTECH businesses; sustainability of start-ups: helping growing businesses to survive.

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Under the Patronage of

Hon. Mamadou Sanogo,
Minister of Digital Economy and Post, Côte d'Ivoire

Hon. Kandia Kamissoko Camara,
Minister of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training, Côte d'Ivoire



Dr Gerd Müller,
Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development

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