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Uganda will host the 9th E-learning meeting for Africa

Uganda will host the 9th E -Learning African conferences on information and communication Technology for the development, Education and training.

The meeting which is scheduled to commence on the 28th - 30th May in Kampala, Uganda at the common wealth resort Speke Hotel Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria, will explore how technology revolutionizing learning and training across the continent can led to the improvement in the trainings being conducted by the various training institutions in Africa , the eLearning Africa 2014 will bring together policy experts, educational professionals and business leaders to tackle this and other topics.

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Fresh in from Kampala…

According to an article published on the eLearning Africa News Portal,  few months from now, delegates from all over Africa and the world will convene in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss and share the very best in African ICT, education and innovation at eLearning Africa.

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Kenya: Teachers in Kwale Get Laptop Skills

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, the county director of Education in Kwale, Juma Mwatenga, has said 39 primary school teachers are being trained at Matuga School of Government on how to use laptops.

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African e-Learning service providers at the top of their class

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, with South African media reports claiming that space is limited at public tertiary education institutions, the reality facing many who have matriculated is that whilst their efforts may have earned university exemption, they may not necessarily have secured a place.

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African e-Learning service providers at the top of their class

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, with South African media reports claiming that space is limited at public tertiary education institutions, the reality facing many who have matriculated is that whilst their efforts may have earned university exemption, they may not necessarily have secured a place.

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2014 West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) Conference to take place in March

Building a State of the Art Network Infrastructure for Research and Education

WACREN will hold its first annual conference on 13 March 2014.

Focused on cost-effective access to high-capacity bandwidth, connectivity and services, the conference will bring together members of the community, decision and policy makers, international partners and communication services providers to get updates from the various NRENs in the region and discuss infrastructure, interconnection and other technical issues.

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Top World Bank EduTech Blog Posts of 2013

These ate the Top World Bank EduTech Blog Posts of 2013 according to a World Bank group EduTech blog post:

10. A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs + Citizens’ Monitoring of the Education Sector in the Philippines
There are a *lot* of innovative usage models and approaches emerging as a result of the application of information and communication technologies in places and circumstances for which they (until recently, perhaps) have not really been explicitly designed. These two posts provide quick peaks into some of these sorts of models and approaches being developed in response to local needs and contexts in places like the Philippines and the West African nation of Burkina Faso. These are perhaps not traditionally thought of as the sorts of places where one should look to see the cutting edge of technology use. Might/should such 'traditions' be changing?

9. Calculating the costs of digital textbook initiatives in Africa, A few myths and misconceptions about digital teaching and learning materials in Africa & Investing in digital teaching and learning resources: Ten recommendations for policymakers
This set of related posts looks at the promise and possiblity of providing things like 'digital textbooks' to learners in Africa who have been inadequately served by traditional textbook procurement activities.

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Mandela Championed Technology, Education in the Fight for Freedom

According to an article published on CHANNEL NOMICS, as the world mourns the passing of South African leader Nelson Mandela, a rare and towering icon of freedom, tolerance and justice, the focus naturally turns to the Nobel laureate’s lifetime of work to end the oppression of apartheid and bring true democracy to his native country, an effort that inspired and affected the entire world.

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To Improve African Education, Focus on Technology

According to an article published on Harvard Business Review, Africa is a hopeful continent with an exuberance driven by minerals, hydrocarbon, and commodities. These present drivers of its economy, however, are under threat from technology. Nigeria’s earning from crude oil is dropping because of America’s shale gas renaissance. The long-view trajectory of electric vehicles suggests a future where electrons will power more cars than carbon compounds. Without the ability to create knowledge through quality education, the sustainability of Africa’s new-found optimism remains questionable. Of the 400 top global universities, only three are in Africa.

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Africa Telecom&IT: "Education & ICT: The Missing link!"

Although mobile technology is moving apace in Africa, this could not be said for the use of ICT in the continent’s education system. "The low use of computers and slow adoption of ICT could hold up the development of Africa’s human resources", write Olubayo Abiodun, Clifford Agugoesi and Chimezie Ndubisi.

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Botswana: Exhibition promotes technology

According to an article published on Daily News, North East region Design and Technology (D&T) committee and Builders World recently held an exhibition to encourage information sharing and networking amongst students and teachers.

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World Bank: 10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments

There are, broadly speaking, two strands of concurrent thinking that dominate discussions around the use of new technologies in education around the world. At one end of the continuum, talk is dominated by words like 'transformation'. The (excellent) National Education Technology Plan of the United States (Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology), for example, calls for "applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement."

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Use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education

According to an article published on Daily News, the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Patrick Masimolole has emphasised to UNESCO officials the need for increased innovation and creativity in education provision.

Officially opening the three-day UNESCO national commissions of Southern Africa sub-regional capacity building seminar in Gaborone, the assistant minister said innovation and creativity could improve the quality of skills passed to learners. Through the capacity building seminar, UNESCO Southern Africa sub-regional nations were sharing learning experiences on various issues.

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eLearning Africa 2013 Report - Opinion "How Technologies Can Help with Investing in Girls Education"

Because of the many educational barriers faced by a typical girl child in Africa, it seems that promoting girl child education using technology in Africa is currently more of a fantasy than a day-to-day reality. Over the past few years, it has become evident to many governments that while it is important to educate boys, it is equally vital to invest in the education of young girls and as such, there has been a rise in the number of girl children at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

"The state of girls' education has improved significantly over the past decade. However, girls continue to lag behind their male counterparts in many areas of the world, in terms of access to education, completion of schooling, and acquisition of basic skills such as literacy" (World Bank, 2011). According to research undertaken by the World Bank, around 106 million children were out of primary school in 1999. Almost 61 million (58%) were girls compared to 45 million (42%) boys. By 2009, around 35 million girls were still out of school compared to 31 million boys. Although the gap in gender parity has decreased substantially, there are still many more girls out of primary school than boys (World Bank, 2011).


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3D (three dimensional) eLearning to fulfil educational objectives in Tanzania

AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com) hosts an interesting article taken from the Tanzania Daily News. According to the article, steps have been taken for students and teachers countrywide to have access to Three Dimensional (3D) interactive multimedia experiences by the end of the year.

This became a closer reality when action was taken this week towards supporting the fulfilment of their educational objectives. It was manifested with the formalisation of a partnership between MediaOne Productions (MOP) and the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) at the latter's premises in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.

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Will Digital Education Improve Employment In Africa?

While digital technology is growing at an exceptionally rapid rate, the continent is engaging in educating people to meet the need for skilled employees and to tackle unemployment, a major problem in most African countries.

Watch the interesting video and read some interesting articles related to the topic here

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Africa: Integration Key to Africa's Prosperity - Uhuru

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the prosperity of Africa lies in the economic integration of the continent and increased investments in women and the youth.
 
Underlining the need to quicken the pace of integration, President Kenyatta said the economic fragility of the African continent over the past 50 years has arisen partly due to Africa's fragmented markets, which has placed economies in competition with each other rendering them too small to compete globally.
 

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Namibia: more girls to get involved in the ICT field

Biztech Africa features an interesting article related to the ICT Day event at Telecom Namibia’s main offices. Telecom Namibia and Cisco Systems hosted more than 20 girls from the University of Namibia for the International Girls in ICT. The forum was organised to encourage Namibian girls to choose a career in information and communication technologies (ICT).

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e-Transform Africa: The Transformational Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Africa

World Bank presents the "e-Transform Africa: The Transformational Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Africa" report. This report captures the existing use of ICT in six sectors (agriculture, climate change, education, health, financial services, government) and two cross-cutting themes (regional trade and integration, ICT competitiveness). It further examines the immediate potential that could be realized with further attention by both the private and public sectors and makes recommendations for policy makers and development practitioners. The case studies show how ICTs can help overcome government failures in different sectors.

Read the full report here

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Why do we develop higher education hubs around the world? Let's find out the benefits!

Katherine Forestier and Yojana Sharma wrote an interesting article in Issue No:262 of University World News about the planning and investment devoted to developing higher education hubs around the world and the reasons that drive host countries to set up areas that can attract foreign branch campuses.

Among the key motivations are to internationalise and modernise the higher education sector in the host country, develop a skilled workforce and retain students, attract foreign direct investment and increase the country’s economic competitiveness, and enhance geopolitical status using soft power, according to Jane Knight, adjunct professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto.

Hubs can be classified into three types: those that want to attract international students; talent development; and knowledge and innovation.

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