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April 1, 2016

[DEOS-L] Keynote Speaker and Media Partner Updates

From Tuesday’s inbox…

From: eLearning Africa 2016 <>


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Latest speakers announcements... Günter Nooke

Personal Representative of Angela Merkel,  the German Chancellor for Africa

Matsinhe Prof. Sozinho Matsinhe

Deputy Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

The eLearning Africa 2016 programme is online! With more than 60 inspiring, interactive and innovative workshops and sessions to choose from, accompanied by an extensive exhibition area, eLearning Africa is the must-attend event for anyone working in education, technology and development.

We are also pleased to announce our new media partners Daily News Egypt and Alborsa!

Tour of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Alexandria (May 23): eLearning Africa participants can sign up for a unique tour of Alexandria’s world-famous library and cultural repository, which contains the world’s largest collection of digital manuscripts. Following the tour, participants will be treated to lunch in the stunning harbour and excursions to the city’s most famous historic sights.

For more information, and details of other tours available, please click below:
 Exhibiting, sponsoring and advertising

Don’t miss this chance to enter the rapidly growing African market and to showcase your organisation to conference delegates from more than 65 countries, working across the education, public and corporate sectors in Africa.

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eLearning Africa, the pan-African conference on ICT for development, education and training:

  • 1,300+ eLearning experts, government ministers, high-level decision makers, policy makers, practitioners, researchers and innovators and development experts
  • 300+ speakers in 60 parallel sessions and hands-on workshops
  • Inspiring plenary sessions featuring world-renowned expert speakers
  • 60+ international exhibitors: ranging from market leaders to emerging startups, showcasing the best products and services on the market
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December 23, 2014

[CNIE-L] Announcement for eLearning Africa 2015

From yesterday’s inbox…


eLearning Africa 2015 – 10th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training

When: May 2022, 2015

Where: The African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organiser: ICWE GmbH, Leibnizstrasse 32, 10625 Berlin, Germany,

Tel: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0, Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33

Contact: Rebecca Stromeyer,,


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eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT enhanced education and training in Africa. Bringing together high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government, eLearning Africa 2015 will take place from 2022 May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Serving as a pan-African platform, the eLearning Africa conference is a must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities. eLearning Africa takes place in a different African country each year, and the conference languages are English and French. eLearning Africa attracts over 1,500 education professionals, investors and providers of education and training, with 86% coming from Africa.


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March 22, 2014

Press Release – A Turning Point for African Economies

This is from Thursday’s inbox…

Dear Michael,

I am contacting you about the 9th edition of the eLearning Africa conference that will take place in Kampala from May 28th – 30th, 2014.

I would like to know you would be interested publishing our press release in your website.

eLearning Africa is the largest gathering of eLearning and ICT supported education and training professionals in Africa, enabling participants to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities.

At eLearning Africa 2013, 1,480 education and training practitioners, experts, researchers, newcomers and providers from 65 countries gathered during the three conference days at the Safari Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia. 86% of the participants came from African countries. The conference programme featured the work of 300 speakers and chairpersons from 43 countries, addressing all forms of technology-enhanced learning and including a rich mix of themes, topics and a variety of session formats.

Please find enclosed our last press release and a fact sheet about the conference.

I would be happy to provide you more information.

Kind Regards,


Andrea Ricciarelli
Communications & Public Relations






April 1, 2013

Actualités d’eLearning Africa 2013 – 5ème édition

The English language version was posted earlier today…

 Please send me this newsletter in English

1. Le storytelling : hier, aujourd’hui et demain
2. Ateliers pré-conférence et séminaires : réserver votre place dès maintenant !
3. Aucun dumping n’est permis
4. Cap vers l’EAST !
5. Examiner l’eSanté en Afrique
6. L’IAT et sa solution parfaite conçu par NComputing
7. Capter la créativité du continent
8. Le tremplin numérique pour une agriculture intégrée

Le storytelling : hier, aujourd’hui et demain
story Un poète, un chanteur, un historien, un musicien, un comédien, un humoriste, un amuseur. Le griot est tout cela réuni et plus encore. À travers le storytelling et la musique, le griot partage et perpétue depuis des siècles les identités et histoires des communautés en Afrique de l’ouest. La culture orale sur le continent africain a perduré alors qu’elle a presque disparu dans tous les autres pays du monde. Mais avec le déplacement des populations et l’essor des loisirs numériques, qui continuera à perpétuer ces histoires au coin du feu et qui sera là pour les entendre ?
Ateliers pré-conférence et séminaires : réserver votre place dès maintenant !
Dans le dernier rapport annuel des Perspectives Economiques en Afrique (PEA), le Maroc a été identifié comme le seul pays africain présentant un programme d’emploi de la jeunesse « bien développé » . Il semblerait donc que le gouvernement marocain ait entrepris des actions appropriées pour obtenir ce résultat, faisant de son pays un exemple à suivre pour tous les autres. Cependant, les Unes de journaux de 2012, présentant des taux de chômage catastrophiques chez les jeunes diplômés et de tragiques cas d’auto-immolation, semblent nous raconter une tout autre histoire. Le service de presse d’eLearning Africa s’est penché sur le sujet afin de mieux comprendre comment le Maroc s’engage pour l’emploi des jeunes.
Aucun dumping n’est permis
En janvier 2013, le Service Actualités d’eLearning Africa publiait un rapport sur les progrès réalisés dans le cadre des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD). Il soulignait en effet la tendance préoccupante qui privilégie la quantité plutôt que la qualité concernant les efforts pour universaliser l’enseignement primaire d’ici à 2015. Les nouvelles technologies de l’eLearning offrent la remarquable possibilité  de diffuser un enseignement de haute qualité dans les pays en développement. Cela pourrait être une réponse au problème, même s’il ne s’agira pas simplement de se contenter « d’accumuler des TICs ».
Cap vers l’EAST !
Cette semaine, l’Equipe d’eLearning Africa est partie à la rencontre des boursiers d’EAST (eLearning Africa Scholarship Trust). Grâce aux généreuses donations d’individus et d’organisations partenaires, le programme EAST finance la participation d’africains technophiles aux faibles revenus  à la Conférence eLearning Africa. Aujourd’hui, EAST donne ainsi la parole à deux de ses lauréats 2012 en vue de découvrir comment EAST a impacté leurs activités.
Examiner l’eSanté en Afrique

Le salon et l’espace de démonstrations offrent chaque année aux délégués un incomparable aperçu du futur des TICs, de l’éducation et de la formation en Afrique. Prenez le temps de visiter l’espace d’exposition et de directement rentrer en contact avec les entreprises leaders dans l’innovation sur le Continent.

Ne laissez pas passer la chance de partager les services, produits et expertises de votre compagnie avec un public de professionnels des TICs, de l’éducation et de la formation. Si vous désirez en apprendre davantage sur les options disponibles et les tarifs, veuillez nous contacter à l’adresse suivante :

L’IAT et sa solution parfaite conçu par NComputing
L’Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT), situé au Kenya, représente le principal institut de l’Afrique de l’Est dédié TIC. L’IAT devait initalement remplacer ces 380 bureaux informatiques vieillissants de ses centres et classes de formation mais ne disposait que d’un budget restreint. Afin que le succès soit au rendez-vous, l’IAT doit par ailleurs fournir un accès informatique viable aux utilisateurs tout en réduisant les coûts élevés de maintenance, aussi bien en ce qui concerne le matériel que le personnel d’assistance.
Capter la créativité du continent
Goodluck est un agriculteur progressiste de 35 ans. Il commence sa journée tôt, en consultant sur son smartphone les dernières nouvelles sur la météo, les cultures qu’il pratique et les politiques qui peuvent concerner son entreprise et la coopérative dont il fait partie.
ICT4Ag – le tremplin numérique pour une agriculture intégrée
Goodluck est un agriculteur progressiste de 35 ans. Il commence sa journée tôt, en consultant sur son smartphone les dernières nouvelles sur la météo, les cultures qu’il pratique et les politiques qui peuvent concerner son entreprise et la coopérative dont il fait partie.

Participez à eLearning Africa 2013 et découvrez ce que le monde de l’apprentissage a de nouveau !
Sponsor Platine

Platinum Sponsor 2013 - Wyse (Dell)

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Le bulletin d’information d‘eLearning Africa est publié par E³ Communications. Les rédacteurs en chef sont : Claire Thrower, Alasdair Mackinnon et Gregory Vespasien, et les écrivains sont : Philippe Royer, Matthew Labrooy, Alasdair Mackinnon, Alicia Mitchell, Claire Adamson, Ronda Zelezny-Green et Golden Maunganidze.
ICWE GmbH, Leibnizstrasse 32
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Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33,

eLearning Africa 2013 News Service – 5th edition

From Sunday’s inbox…

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1. Storytelling yesterday, today and tomorrow
2. Pre-conference workshops and seminars: secure your spot now!
3. No dumping allowed
4. Eyes on EAST!
5. Examining eHealth in Africa
6. IAT was in search for the Perfect Solution and it found it with NComputing
7. Capturing the Continent’s creativity
8. ICT4AG – The digital springboard for smallholder agriculture


Storytelling yesterday, today and tomorrow
smart phone A poet, singer, historian, musician, comedian, an entertainer, an archive. The griot is all these things and more. Through storytelling and music, the griot has shared and maintained the identities and histories of communities in West Africa for centuries. Oral culture on the African continent has persisted when elsewhere in the world it has all but vanished. But with shifting populations and the rise of digital entertainment, who will continue to weave these stories around the fireside, and who will be there to listen?


Pre-conference workshops and seminars: secure your spot now!
Take part in an optional pre-conference workshop or seminar on 29th May to enhance your practical knowledge, gain insight from leading international experts and network with like-minded professionals. Workshops and seminars include GIZ’s “Technology Innovation Hubs in Africa: Creating Opportunities for Peer Learning and Knowledge Exchange”, which will explore best practice in sustainably creating and expanding innovation hubs; “Practical Innovative Blogging and Online Group Collaboration for Development”, in which participants will learn practical and innovative ways of sharing information online; and “Learning Design in the Open: Rethinking Our Courses for Tomorrow’s African Learners”, where participants will gain key tools and techniques for designing effective and educational courses.
Places are strictly limited, so secure your spot today to ensure you don’t miss out.


No dumping allowed
In January this year the eLearning Africa news service reported on the progress being made towards the impending Millennium Development Goal (MGD) deadline and highlighted the worrying trend of prioritising quantity over quality in efforts to reach the target of universal primary education by 2015. New eLearning technologies offer the tantalising potential to spread high-quality education across the developing world. This could be an answer to the problem, but it is never a simple case of ‘just add ICT’.


Eyes on EAST!
This week, the eLearning Africa team met with eLearning Africa Scholarship Trust  (EAST) scholarship recipients. The EAST programme, thanks to the kind donations of individuals and organisational partners, sponsors participation at the eLearning Africa conference of low-income Africans who are passionate about ICT and education. Today, EAST passed the microphone to two of its 2012 scholarship winners to find out how EAST – and participation at eLearning Africa – have affected their professional activities.


Examining eHealth in Africa
Whether they are collating data on disease, monitoring health trends, combating misinformation or facilitating cooperation between medical centres, African eHealth initiatives are leading the way towards higher standards of living and health on the Continent. With eLearning Africa 2013 set to subject eHealth to a detailed examination, the news service explored a few initiatives that offer a promising prognosis for Africa’s health sector.


IAT was in search for the Perfect Solution and it found it with NComputing
The Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT), based in Kenya, is the leading ICT institute in the East African region. IAT needed to replace the 380 ageing PC desktops used in their training centres and classrooms but had only a small budget. To be successful, IAT would need to provide users with increased computing access while also reducing the high cost of maintenance both on hardware and support personnel.


Capturing the Continent’s creativity
Can ICT in Africa enrich and support traditional lifestyles and cultures? It certainly seems so, at least according to the entries already submitted to the 2013 eLearning Africa Photo Competition. Its theme, “Tradition and ICT Innovation: a couple with potential”, has drawn some inspiring work from budding photographers across the Continent, and will surely continue to attract more attention both in Africa and worldwide over the next few weeks. Anyone can take part – either by entering the competition or by voting for their favourite photo in the public choice category. The competition closes on Monday 3rd April – so to cast your vote or upload your entry in time for the deadline, follow the link and click either “vote” to view the gallery, or “submit” to send in your picture.


ICT4Ag – The digital springboard for inclusive agriculture
Goodluck is a 35 year old progressive farmer. He starts his day early checking his smartphone for the latest news on the weather, the crops he grows and on any policy developments that may concern his business and the cooperative he is a member of.


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

Book your place today!


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Platinum Sponsor 2013 - Wyse (Dell)

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The eLearning Africa News Service is brought to you by E³ Communications, edited by Claire Thrower, Alasdair Mackinnon and Gregory Vespasien. Writers include: Philippe Royer, Matthew Labrooy, Alasdair Mackinnon, 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:

For more information about the event, please contact:

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