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10.10.2019

French expertise features prominently at eLearning Africa

French expertise features prominently in the 2019 edition of Africa’s most respected technology supported education and training conference and exhibition event. This year’s eLearning Africa convenes in Abidjan on 23-25 October under the theme “learnability and employability”. The annual pan-African conference is dedicated to examining the potential for using new communications technologies to spread educational opportunity.

Ivory Coast, host of eLearning Africa 2019, has the fourth-largest Francophone population on the continent[1]. On the whole, Africa makes up more than 70% of the world’s total French-speaking population, and France’s commitment to Africa is profound. Many representatives of prominent French educational institutions will take part in Abidjan. 

Within the OECD, France is the fourth-largest donor country to education and has recently developed a new strategy[2] for external action on education, vocational training and integration. Entitled L’ Action Exterieure de la France pour l’Education, la Formation Professionnelle et l’Insertion dans les Pays en Developpement - 2017-2021, Africa is a principal partner in the efforts Highlights of eLA 2019 include a session focused on “Business Skills, Soft Skills, Competency Frameworks and their Tools to Support Learners' Employability”. This is one of several scheduled discussions directly related to the overall conference theme.

Africa has no shortage of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The challenge is how to boost their potential to add value and employ more young people. Another eLA session, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, will explore initiatives in Africa that provide entrepreneurs with the crucial knowledge and skills they needed to grow their businesses and make them sustainable. 

There is clearly no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing Africa’s many challenges and opportunities. In this context, Francophone experts are set to lead a very practical session on “Design Thinking for Problem Solving in Africa”. This process offers an innovative approach to dealing with complex problems that encourages out-of-the-box thinking toward finding revolutionary solutions. The aim is for all participants to leave the room with practical skills that can be used almost immediately in their own environments. 

With enhanced partnerships essential to success, attention is also dedicated to discussing Francophone-world perspectives on collaboration. This includes sessions on Transnational Cooperation in Higher Education and Training: success factors and development perspectives offered by the pedagogical and digital revolutions; Exploring North-South Digital Collaboration Experiences; and Using open educational resources, platforms and tools developed by French Digital Thematic Universities

Young Africans need to be well prepared for the digital disruptions that are transforming - and will continue to revolutionise - the future of work in their countries. A workshop on Blockchain at the Service of Education presented by experts from the French-speaking world will provide an updated overview of this powerful technology. Its potential impacts on academic spheres and human resources (diploma issuance and skills-based certifications for long-life access), as well as education science (off-centring education with open badges) in Europe and the entire world need to be understood. 

The following French institutions will be present at at eLearning Africa 2019: 

Ministère de l’Economie numérique et de la Prospective

CNED

HEC

UNIT (Université Numérique en sciences de l'ingénieur et en technologie)

AUNEGe (Université Numérique Economie Gestion)

UOH (L'Université Numérique des Humanités)

e-Charlemagne / Chaucot-Dubost

FIED (Fédération inter universitaire de l'enseignement à distance)

Université Paris 8

Université de Lorraine

Université de Strasbourg

Université de Lille

Université d’Artois

Ecole Nationale des Sciences Géographiques

FERDI (Fondation pour les études et recherches en développement international)

CIEP – France Education International

ETS Global, France

OpenINSA

INSA Toulouse

 

[1] (Source: WorldAtlas.com)

[2] http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/20170314_strategie_efi_2017-2021_mise_en_page_2__cle8c6f77.pdf

eLearning Africa Conference Background
eLearning Africa, is an annual pan-African conference dedicated to examining sustainable solutions for education, training and skills development, through the use of innovative technology to spread educational opportunity. Since the 2005 launch in Addis Ababa of the event, which visits a different African capital each year, technology-assisted learning has expanded massively and now plays a major role in the delivery of learning, training, and research and development in schools, colleges, universities, companies, and organisations across Africa. It has enabled millions of Africans to expand their horizons and take advantage of the countless possibilities new technology offers to learn and acquire new skills and qualifications.

For more information about both the eLearning Africa conference and exhibition or the associated eLearning Africa Ministerial Round Table, which is attended by Education and ICT Ministers, please contact Rebecca Stromeyer.

eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT-supported education, training, and skills development in Africa and brings together high-level policy makers, decision makers, and practitioners from education, business, and government. During its fourteen consecutive editions, eLearning Africa has hosted 18,800 participants from 100+ countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,700 speakers have presented their ideas, opinions and experience. Serving as a pan-African platform, the eLearning Africa conference is a must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise, and abilities. The conference and its associated exhibition, featuring the latest products, courses, and solutions from around the world, represent “an outstanding networking opportunity and the best vantage point anywhere in Africa to gain a view of the continent’s edTech market,” according to the organisers.

eLearning Africa, the annual Pan-African Conference & Exhibition on ICT for Education, Training and Skills Development
Secretariat: ICWE GmbH, Leibnizstrasse 32, 10625 Berlin, Germany
Contact: Rebecca Stromeyer, info@elearning-africa.com, Tel: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0, Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33

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