Posted by: APO | 9 April 2008

eLearning Africa Launches 2008 Conference Programme

eLearning Africa Launches 2008 Conference Programme


Berlin, Germany. Accra, Ghana. eLearning Africa launched its conference programme today. The Third International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, organised by ICWE GmbH and Hoffmann & Reif, will take place from May 28 to 30, 2008, in Ghana’s capital Accra. The event establishes and links a pan-African network of decision-makers from governments and administrations with universities, schools, governmental and private training providers, industry and important partners in development cooperation.


With more than 240 speakers from 51 countries, 4 plenary sessions, 66 sessions in 11 parallel conference strands, 48 demonstrations and best-practice examples, 13 workshops and a number of exciting new features, the event will again be a landmark in pan-African capacity-building for ICT-enhanced education and training.


This year’s agenda features highly interactive, small group expert discussions on pertinent topics such as Innovation and Copyright, Regulation, Management of eWaste, the Use of ICT to support African Mother Tongue Language Learning as well as Animations, Simulations and Computer Generated Graphics and the role they play in learning.


Furthermore, there will be a range of presentations on Open Education Resources (OER) such as Aluka, a digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa, a Cereal Knowledge Bank for farmers, and Siyavula, a project developing comprehensive OERs using the community.


Participants can look forward to presentations by the rectors of leading virtual and open universities such as the African Virtual University and the Open University of Catalunya. The agenda will include contributions from major intergovernmental organisations such as UNESCO/UNEVOC, the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and the World Bank, as well as national educational institutions, mainly from Africa but also from Europe, North America and Asia.


Building on the success of last year’s Harambees, a number of Nnoboa sessions will be offered throughout the conference. These will be highly interactive, informal and informative events addressing some of the key interests and issues of concern to eLearning Africa 2008 participants. Nnoboa is a word in the Ghanaian Twi language which means “working together for the common good”.


“Interaction is the key term at the third eLearning Africa conference,” explains Rebecca Stromeyer, Managing Director of ICWE and Project Manager of eLearning Africa. “Knowing that networking, the exchange of experiences across geographical and cultural borders as well as learning from best-practices is what participants value most, we place an emphasis on discussion sessions on pressing issues, such as the way in which ICTs have facilitated and enabled the empowerment and advancement of women in Africa, the role of libraries in supporting eLearning and on how eLearning can be used to support the learning needs of medical staff in Africa,” she says.


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