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March 14, 2013

eLearning Africa 2013 News Service – 4th edition

Another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

 Veuillez s’il vous plaît m’envoyer cette lettre d’information en français

1. UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013: scratching the surface
2. Morocco: an uncertain leader in youth employment
3. Success 4 Africa
4. Open Access Nairobi
5. The EAST Challenge 2013
6. Educating women and girls: is this the key to meeting the Millennium Development Goals?
7. Sponsoring and exhibiting at eLearning Africa 2013
8. Join a conversation on technology and management education in the developing world

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013: scratching the surface
Unesco Moblie Learning The recently hosted UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (MLW) 2013 set out to answer three vital questions: how can mobile technologies support literacy development for both children and adults? How can they support teachers and their professional development, to ensure quality education is delivered to all students? And how can mobile technologies contribute to gender equality and extend opportunities to women and girls? A series of webinars ran alongside the main conference in Paris in February to shed light on global developments in the field of mobile learning and provide some potential answers to these pressing questions. The eLearning Africa news service logged on to find out more.
Morocco: an uncertain leader in youth employment
Morocco youth development
In this year’s African Economic Outlook (AEO) report, Morocco was identified as the only country in Africa with a “well developed” youth unemployment programme. On the surface it appears that the Moroccan government must be doing something right. Perhaps Morocco can offer an example for others to follow, but 2012 headlines featuring desperate unemployed graduates and self-immolation tell a radically different story. The eLearning Africa news service has been finding out more about Morocco’s engagement with youth employment.
Success 4 Africa
Success 4 Africa

Fernando de Sousa is the General Manager of Africa Initiatives, a Microsoft effort focusing on the African continent which has involved the release of the ‘Huawei 4Afrika’ Windows 8 smartphone and the creation of the ‘Afrika Academy’ to teach Africans important business and entrepreneurial skills.  De Sousa spoke to the eLearning Africa news service about the work 4Afrika has done in the region.

This year marks Microsoft’s 20th anniversary of involvement in Africa. Have Microsoft’s core goals changed since the company first took an interest in the region?

Open Access Nairobi
Open Access Nairobi
The Open Access movement appears to be gaining ground, with the oldest and largest university in Kenya, the University of Nairobi, having adopted an Open Access policy in December 2012. The need for change had been heavily emphasised by researchers who concluded that an Open Access policy would allow them the opportunity and platform to promote their academic work and enhance the visibility and impact of their research through a public archive of all scholarly materials.  But what other benefits will the University gain through this Open Access policy, and why is this so significant?
The EAST Challenge 2013
EAST Trust

Join us straight after eLearning Africa 2013 on the EAST Challenge 2013 for a thrilling multi-day trek in support of the eLearning Africa Scholarship Trust! The trek is open to anyone who would like to participate. More information on this exciting way to support a great cause will be available soon; in the meantime, please contact

Educating women and girls: is this the key to meeting the Millennium Development Goals?
Educating Women and Girls
The Millennium Development Goals have come under critical fire for engaging with social issues in a largely statistical manner. The targets and indicators used to measure progress tend to be more quantitative than qualitative, failing to take into account the stories, complexities and experiences behind the statistics, particularly when it comes to the continuing prevalence of gender inequality. eLearning Africa will offer participants the chance to engage and contribute to this critical conversation, especially insofar as the damage that gender inequality renders to education in Africa.
Sponsoring and exhibiting at eLearning Africa 2013

Every year the eLearning Africa exhibition provides conference delegates with an unrivalled insight into the future of ICT, education and training in Africa. Take time to visit the exhibition space and meet face-to-face with the businesses leading the way for innovation across the Continent.

Be sure not to miss this opportunity to share your company’s services, products and expertise with an international audience of ICT, education and training professionals. To find out more about options and pricing, please contact

Join a conversation on technology and management education in the developing world
Join a conversation

Although eLearning is hardly a new concept, recent developments in mobile and online courses have put it front and center in the minds of educators around the world, and business schools are no exception. This is why at the annual conference of the Global Business School Network  (GBSN) in Tunisia this June we will be taking a close look at how technology can be leveraged to drastically improve the quality and accessibility of business and management education in the developing world.

Take part in eLearning Africa 2013 and explore new worlds of learning!

Book your place today!
Platinum SponsorPlatinum Sponsor 2013 - Wyse (Dell)
Gold Sponsor
Conference SponsorConference Sponsor 2013 - éditions Éburnie
PartnerPartner 2013 - ecowas
The eLearning Africa News Service is brought to you by E³ Communications, edited by Claire Thrower and Gregory Vespasien. Writers include: Philippe Royer, Matthew LaBrooy, Alicia Mitchell, Claire Adamson, Ronda Zelezny-Green, Golden Maunganidze.

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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