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By: HANA Reporter
13/04/2007
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"eLearning Africa" 2007 - ICT and Development on Top of the  -Ministers from Kenya, Ghana and Uganda To Open the Conference.
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Berlin, Germany/Nairobi, Kenya. The organisers of "eLearning Africa" 2007 have now released the programme for the second annual conference on ICT for development, education and training. The event will take place from May 28 to 30 in the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

"We expect over 1000 e-learning and education experts from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and North America in Nairobi", says Rebecca Stromeyer, managing director of ICWE, the German company that organises "eLearning Africa" in cooperation with Hoffmann & Reif Consultants.

The eLearning Africa conference took place for the first time in Addis Ababa in May 2006. It brings together a network of decision makers from governments and administrations with universities, schools, governmental and private training providers, and important partners in development cooperation.

"eLearning Africa" "will help participants to keep up with all major issues and latest developments in ICT supported education in Africa. Delegates will be able to gather information that they can then apply to their own working context", comments Stromeyer.

"One of our main goals is to really help build a strong African e-learning community and we are glad that the Swedish program Spider as well as VVOB, the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance from Belgium, are providing considerable funding for participants from Africa who otherwise would not be able to attend", she continues.

A Comprehensive Agenda

Africa is on the move, and ICT-supported education is a core component of the
development plans of most African governments. ICTs are being integrated into many national educational systems in order to reach the Millennium Goal
of "Education for All". This theme will be given special emphasis in the opening plenary of the conference on Tuesday, May 29.

The programme covers a wide range of topics related to ICT and education issues in Africa, such as e-learning in medical education and the fight against HIV and AIDS, e-learning for informal education, mobile learning, open source and open content, as well as e-learning in schools, higher education institutions, and in the public sector.

Universities from all over the Continent are presenting ICT good practice and e-learning programmes, including the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, the African Virtual University, University of Zimbabwe, Tumaini University, Tanzania, and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

The 236 speakers from 50 countries include representatives from major development organisations such as UNESCO, UNEVOC, the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), and the World Bank, as well as national and governmental institutions, mainly from Africa but also from Europe, Asia and North America.

A demonstration village will highlight real examples of tools and services aimed at African educational providers. The pre-conference day on Monday, May 28, features workshops and seminars focusing several topics, such as teacher training with ICTs, research into technology-enhanced learning and cultural issues in e-learning.

Kenya To Host eLearning Africa 2007

The hosting country, Kenya, will be represented at "eLearning Africa" by high-level speakers from the Ministry of Education, the Universities of Nairobi and Maseno, as well as major Kenya-based global development organisations.

"We are glad to have the strong support of the Kenyan government for the organisation of this year?s event", comments Rebecca Stromeyer, - "eLearning Africa" is a rotating event hosted every year by a different African country and it is always organised in a partnership with the relevant Ministries. "eLearning Africa" addresses the whole of Africa and from the participants "perspective, the rotating event allows them to gain a better understanding of the diverse African environments and the requirements, needs, and achievements of the various host countries", Stromeyer explains.

source: http://hana.ru.ac.za/article.cfm?articleID=1363
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The 2nd International Conference on ICT for Development comes to Nairobi, Kenya.

By: HANA Reporter
13:04:03  18/05/2007
Article blurbeLA - eLearning Africa: 2nd International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and training prepares to kick-off in Nairobi, Kenya from 28 - 30 May 2007.

eLearning Africa, the Pan-African conference on ICT for development, education and training, expects more than 1 200 participants to attend this May.

Rebecca Stromeyer, the conference organizer said that "So far, just over 1000 participants from 81 countries have already registered for the conference. We are very pleased to announce that the second eLearning Africa conference has not only grown considerably in numbers but also is once again a truly African event, with more than seventy percent of the attendees coming from the African continent". eLearning Africa will take takes place from May 28 to 30 May 2007, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The largest participant group will come from Kenya, the hosting country of this year's conference. Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, will send the second-largest group, followed by South African and Ugandan groups. From Europe, the UK will send the largest contingent. Canada and the USA are also well represented.

The conference focuses on ICT-supported education, which is a core component of the development plans of most African governments. ICTs are being integrated into many national educational systems in order to reach the Millennium Goal of "Education for All".

This will be given special emphasis in the programme, which covers a wide range of topics, such as e-learning in medical education and the fight against HIV and AIDS, mobile learning, open source and open content, as well as eLearning in schools, higher education institutions, and in the public sector.

Universities from all over the Continent are presenting ICT good practice and e-learning programmes, including the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, the African Virtual University, University of Zimbabwe, Tumaini University, Tanzania, and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa to name but a few.

The 308 speakers from 55 countries include representatives from major development organisations such as UNESCO, UNEVOC, the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), and the World Bank, as well as national and governmental institutions, mainly from Africa but also from Europe, Asia, and North America.

The hosting country, Kenya, will be represented at eLearning Africa by high-level speakers from the Ministry of Education, the Universities of Nairobi and Maseno, as well as major Kenya-based global development organisations.

eLearning Africa is an annual conference organised by ICWE GmbH and Hoffmann & Reif that focuses on ICT for development, education and training in Africa.

The conference has forged a dynamic network of stakeholders and now links decision makers from governments and administrations with universities, schools, governmental and private training providers, industry, and important partners in development cooperation. Each year a different African country will serve as the venue. Last year, 832 participants from 80 countries attended the first conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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« Reply #2 on: May 26 2007 »

All set for Second eLearning Africa Conference

By: Zachary Ochieng, HANA
11:30:50  25/05/2007

The Second International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Education and Training will kick-off in Nairobi, Kenya from the 28th to 30th of May 2007

Kenya will next week host the second International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Education and Training from 28th to 30th May, 2007 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. Dubbed eLearning Africa, the conference will be held under the theme "Building Infrastructures and Capacities to Reach out to the Whole of Africa".

The conference will also be an opportunity to reflect on spirited attempts being made to set up regional ICT infrastructure within the continent to enhance education and training services.

The programme will cover a wide range of topics, such as e-learning in medical education and the fight against HIV and AIDS, mobile learning, open source and open content, as well as eLearning in schools, higher education institutions and in the public sector.

The conference is being organized by the Berlin-based ICWE GmbH (specialists in the fields of e-learning, higher education, language training and study abroad programmes) and Hoffman and Reif (a German consultancy firm and a partnership of international experts in the field of ICT based Human Resources Development, educational Change Management and Organisational Development )in collaboration with Kenya?s Ministry of Education.

"So far, just over 1000 participants from 81 countries have already registered for the conference. We are very pleased to announce that the second eLearning Africa conference has not only grown considerably in numbers but also is once again a truly African event, with more than seventy percent of the attendees coming from the African continent", says Rebecca Stromeyer, project manager of eLearning Africa and managing director of ICWE.

Says Kenya's Education minister Prof George Saitoti. "For us in Kenya, eLearning Africa is not just another event. Hosting this large-scale conference in Nairobi gives us the unique opportunity to benefit from the hundreds of experts convening and spending some extra time in our country. In keeping with the event theme 'Building Infrastructures and Capacities to Reach out to the Whole of Africa', we will make it possible for Kenyan teachers, professors, administrators, and students - in fact for the entire educational sector - to benefit in one way or another from the capacity-building activities".

Saitoti adds that the conference is of key significance to Kenya, coming as it does at a time when the government has formulated a national ICT policy aimed at efficient service delivery and capacity building in all sectors of the economy. "eLearning Africa aims to establish and link a network of decision makers from governments and administrations with universities, schools, governmental and private training providers, industry, and important partners in development", says Saitoti.

The minister will host the first African High-Level Policy Maker and Industry Leader Round Table and Retreat, entitled 'Accelerating the Building of ICT Infrastructures and Capacities for African Educational Systems.' The conference focuses on ICT-supported education, currently a core component of the development plans of most African governments. It is noteworthy that ICTs are being integrated into many national educational systems in order to reach the Millennium Goal of "Education for All".

Launched as an annual Pan-African event in May 2006 in Addis Ababa and attracting more than 800 participants, eLearning Africa immediately established itself as a landmark for capacity building, networking and collaboration. This year?s event brings together high-level policy makers, industry leaders, as well as Research and Development experts and practitioners from Africa as well as their counterparts from the rest of the world. In tandem with the conference theme, the event will reach out beyond the conference center and will feature large-scale lectures in Kenyan universities, addressing both fundamentals as well as Research and Development topics in technology-enhanced education and training.

In addition there will be two break-out workshops that address needs in rural areas and regional institutions: one held in Mombassa, on the Indian Ocean, and the other in Kisumu, on Lake Victoria. Reputable universities from all over the Continent will present ICT good practice and e-learning programmes. Among the universities expected to give presentations at the conference include the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, the African Virtual University, University of Zimbabwe, Tumaini University, Tanzania,and the University of Western Cape, South Africa.

The largest number of participants, however, will be drawn from Kenya, followed by Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda in that order. The largest group of delegates from Europe is expected from the UK, while the USA and Canada will also send representatives.

The conference has also attracted 308 speakers from 55 countries, including representatives from development organisations such as UNESCO, International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education Training (UNEVOC), the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), and the World Bank, as well as national and governmental institutions from all over the world. Kenya, the hosting country will be represented at the conference by high-level speakers from the Ministry of Education, the Universities of Nairobi and Maseno, as well as major Kenya-based global development organisations.

Major sponsors of the conference include the European Commission, the UNEVOC and the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. Sponsorship has also been drawn from ICT service providers and grant givers namely Intel, the Swedish Programme for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), Worldwide Education (wwedu), hp, Nokia, Panasonic, Cisco and ORACLE. Kenya Airways is the official carrier.

Key highlights of the event include the 1st African UNESCO-UNEVOC Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Summit titled ?Access to and Inclusion in TVET in Africa Through New ICT-Based Solutions? Organised by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa and the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training.

Innovative ICT-based TVET initiatives will be showcased and selected participants in the Summit will have the chance to present their work. Projects will also be presented on the dedicated web space 'Best Practice in Technology Enhanced TVET' on the eLearning Africa website. Other highlights will include approaches to quality assurance in eLearning programmes in Higher Education institutions. The African Medical and Research Foundation ( AMREF) will present a successful case study in "Online Learning Opportunities for Health Professionals".

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« Reply #3 on: June 03 2007 »

eLearning Africa conference in Nairobi was showcase of technology!

by HANA / Zachary Ochieng
12:13:37  01/06/2007

The second International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training has come to a successful conclusion in Nairobi, with participating companies showcasing their latest acquisitions in e-learning.

The ICT for development conference was held under the theme, Building Infrastructures and Capacities to Reach out to the Whole of Africa was organized by the Berlin-based ICWE GmbH (specialists in the fields of e-learning, higher education, language training and study abroad programmes) and Hoffman and Reif (a German consultancy firm and a partnership of international experts in the field of ICT based Human Resources Development, educational Change Management and Organisational Development) in collaboration with Kenya's Ministry of Education.

The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), currently implementing the nurses' upgrading programme, showcased a perfect example of how ICTs can improve learning. The project, which began as a pilot in 2004, aims at upgrading nurses from enrolled nurses (Certificate level) to registered nurses (Diploma level).

According to Angela Nguku, the co-ordinator of the upgrading programme, the Nursing Council of Kenya, the body charged with registering nurses, could only upgrade 100 nurses a year. But with the introduction of the e-learning programme, 1500 nurses are being upgraded every year.

"One advantage of this programme is that you can continue working while studying and also stay with your family", noted Fridah Kaitany, one of the students currently enrolled in the e-learning nurses'upgrading programme. The students only meet the teacher once a week, as the course is administered online.

The South African-based School of Technology Innovation Centre gave an overview of its distance learning programmes. According to Angela Schaerer, the school manager, the center is working with Cisco and Dell in the implementation of its programmes. Through this collaboration, digital content has been developed, with students passing through an international curriculum. In collaboration with its partners, the center has also developed an ICT-integrated teacher training programme.

SMART Technologies, one of the sponsors of the conference also showcased its products, including the SMART Board 680 interactive whiteboard, which comes with Notebook collaborative learning software and is known worldwide for its ease of use. Also showcased was the Bridgit conferencing software and SynchronEyes classroom management software 7.0.

The Bridgit conferencing software makes Web conferencing simple, whether participants are in the same building or city, or in multiple locations around the world. Participants can share desktop and webcam images, talk to each other using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), take over applications on a participating user?s computer or write notes in digital ink for everyone to see.

"SMART is committed to supporting the creation of an ICT infrastructure that provides learners equitable access to high quality education and training across Africa", said Nancy Knowlton, SMART's CEO, adding: "SMART products have been available in Africa for over 10 years and are being used to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century".

HP also showcased its learning solutions which included education consulting, project management and management of change, integration of ICT in a learning environment as well as training design and content development.

Local companies were also not left behind. Virtualsat, one of Kenya's leading provider of VSAT services launched a wide range of products including High Speed Broadband Internet Access, domain hosting and bandwidth management solutions.

The conference, the second of its kind in Africa, remains a milestone in the continent's education history. The first conference was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last year and attracted 800 delegates.

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source: HANA http://hana.ru.ac.za/article.cfm?articleID=1409
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Will E-Learning Make Teachers Redundant?

Does electronic learning (eLearning) threaten to displace the teacher? This question emerged at an international conference held in Nairobi last week, attended by 1,400 people from 88 countries. The latest in information communication technology (ICT) with a focus on education, training and development was showcased.


eLearning makes use of computers, radio or television in addition to books and classes. It ranges from single users to group learning in class. Students are able to talk on-line and exchange ideas. It is participatory and allows the sharing of learning material between networked users.

The format helps to reinforce what has been learnt through the use of graphics and pictures. Students can hear sound and practise on their own. The greatest advantage of eLearning is that users can learn at their own pace. The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is encouraging countries to adopt eLearning.

Jenny Cole of South African-based NetLearn tried to dispel fears that the method will eventually render teachers jobless. "eLearning does not take the teacher out of the classroom. You need a teacher to drive e-Learning," she observed.

John Matogo, a lecturer at Kenya's Strathmore University, said eLearning complements the work of teachers. "eLearning facilitates the provision of extra material on-line. Sometimes it is impossible to give personal attention to students, so they can send questions on-line and communicate with other students."

Kenyan education minister George Saitoti said at the opening of the conference that the ICT method of education was cost effective compared to the current modes of teaching used in schools. "With eLearning, one teacher can reach many learners through video conferencing and other modes."

But Chris Smith, a lecturer at the UK-based University of Bolton, said African teachers risked being made irrelevant by the adoption of e-Learning unless they were trained in the field.

When it comes to other areas, eLearning has reaped some fruits. NetLearn supplies its services to the long-distance University of South Africa (UNISA) and currently deals with 14,000 students. "We are having great successes with the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)," said Cole.

"The technology is improving. Our accomplishments come from having a mixed approach, blending books, eLearning and workshops," added Cole. UNISA is looking at rolling out ICDL to other faculties.

The health department in KwaZulu Natal, one of South Africa's provinces, wants over 3,000 health workers in the seaside city of Durban to be provided with the latest treatment information, including on HIV/AIDS, through an interactive health education project.

The educational material in the project is being created by the nurses themselves, to be shared on-line with professional peers. Peggy Nkonyeni, the provincial health minister, has a long-term vision of nurses and other health workers using the programme to support their professional development.

Strides have been made in the NEPAD e-schools initiative. The project was initiated in secondary schools with the aim of reaching young Africans and enabling them participate in "the global information society and knowledge economy".

A key output expected from the project is to impart ICT skills to young Africans in primary and secondary schools and to harness ICT to improve and expand education in African schools.

Countries which have embraced eLearning by participating in the NEPAD initiative include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Egypt and Lesotho.

Six schools from each participating country were selected for the demonstration project. The pilot phase has successfully been concluded. The schools have been equipped with computer laboratories, networking facilities and internet access.

The next phase will involve getting partners to equip secondary schools with ICT infrastructure and training stakeholders on how to implement eLearning in schools.

For some participants, like Zambia's education minister Geoffrey Lungwangwa, the digital divide between Africa and developed countries can be bridged by embracing eLearning.

Emmanuel Odhiambo of Computer Networks Company which provides eLearning in 13 African countries noted the high cost of equipment as well as lack of local expertise. "When machines break down after we are gone, there is no one to repair them."

Building capacity to reach the remotest parts was cited as a challenge by speakers from Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.

Ghana's deputy minister for education, Kwame Amporfo Twumasi, advised African countries to develop their own eLearning curriculum to suit the African situation.

Maria Levy of Eduvision, a South African education ICT company, said her company was developing software that would digitize textbooks and make them available to schools across Africa.

"We will digitize school textbooks and use a satellite network to relay the contents to students. All a student will need is an aerial and a server," she said. The Kenya Institute of Education is also in the process of digitizing the school curriculum to lay the groundwork for learning and teaching using ICT.

(SOURCE: Inter Press Service)
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