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January 24, 2013

eLearning Africa 2013 News Service – 2nd edition

And another item from yesterday’s inbox…

Index
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1. The Post-2015 Development Agenda: time to learn and connect
2. Finding the sweet spot: OERs in the developing world
3. The saga of the telecentres
4. Back to Benin: A look back at eLearning Africa 2012
5. Getting healthcare online in Africa
6. TAGIUNI: meeting the learning needs of a changing world
7. Announcing: Global Innovation Lounge at re:publica
The Post-2015 Development Agenda: time to learn and connect
E-Learning
With the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) fast approaching, governments and organisations across the world are looking towards the next step. Introspection is a necessary part of the process as both the successes and failures of the original MDG agenda are being assessed and dissected, providing captivating accounts on both sides. The eLearning Africa news service has been following developments and taking notes.
Finding the sweet spot: OERs in the developing world
E-Learning
With debate about the benefits and future of the MOOC dominating the educational blogosphere in the last year, discussions about the open sharing of educational resources are becoming more prevalent. Open Educational Resources, or OERs, offer a potential tool for impacting education in developing countries and fast growing economies, particularly in the emerging technology hubs of Africa. These open, freely available educational resources can provide top education for people who don’t have access to universities or education in developing countries, but there is fear that educational resources created in highly developed countries will be of little use to those in developing countries because of cultural and economic differences.
The saga of the telecentres
In Africa, the term “telecentres” covers diverse examples, ranging from a multitude of small telephony shops or Internet cafés, telecentre networks and multi-purpose community telecentres to projects initiated by governments and supported by international funding (1). However, each of them plays a specific role in the population’s adoption of ICT practices.
Back to Benin: A look back at eLearning Africa 2012
Benin Conference
With preparations for eLearning Africa 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia underway, we are taking a brief pause to look back at the conference held in May of this year. Each year, the conference relocates to a different African country, reflecting the desire to engage the whole continent in debate and discussion about how to support and improve the education process through technologies – this year was no exception. Hosted by the Government of Benin in their capital city, Cotonou, the conference was attended by nearly 1500 participants from 69 countries. The overall theme “eLearning and Sustainability” kept the focus primarily on how best to introduce ICTs to enhance education, and in addition to this, how to ensure long-term and sustained educational benefits for the whole continent.
Getting healthcare online in Africa
The accessibility of healthcare has had a major boost from technology in the last ten years with the development of communication systems that can deliver relevant information to practitioners with minimum fuss. Nowhere is this as important as in Africa, where there is a large gap in healthcare service provision between rural and urban areas and there is a major shortage of qualified healthcare professionals on hand. Medical systems being put in place now are making huge differences across the continent and there is a lot of potential for innovation, both in private business and as part of governmental policy and national strategy. eLearning Africa will look at this surge in healthcare systems and how these technologies are helping bring healthcare and medical training to even the remotest parts of Africa.
TAGIUNI: meeting the learning needs of a changing world
With the vision of making “world class education accessible to everyone, everywhere,” the Talal Abu-Gazaleh University (TAGIUNI) is seeking to enter into partnership agreements with prestigious universities to create a new model for education.
Announcing: Global Innovation Lounge at re:publica
In 2012 Mark Kaigwa introduced the “Silicon Savannah”, Africa’s dynamic and innovative technology scene, to Berlin during his keynote at re:publica.  Technology innovation hubs, like the iHub in Nairobi where Mark Kaigwa lives, are mushrooming around the continent and are playing a central role in the fledgling tech and entrepreurial scene in Africa.
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The eLearning Africa News Service is brought to you by E³ Communications, edited by Matthew LaBrooy, Claire Thrower and Susanne Schröder. Writers include: Shafika Isaacs, Philippe Royer, Christopher Bland, Alicia Mitchell, Claire Adamson, Ronda Zelezny-Green, Golden Maunganidze.
If you would like to submit story ideas or write for us, please contact us on: ela@e3-communications.com.
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For more information about the event, please contact:

ICWE GmbH, Leibnizstrasse 32
10625 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33
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