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November 15, 2022

eLearning Africa News – August Edition

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A newsletter featuring news about online learning across the African continent.

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Dear eLearning Africa Community,

Welcome to the August edition of the eLearning Africa Newsletter. In this edition we will be looking back to May 2022 and forward to next year’s eLearning Africa Conference & Exhibition, and we will be sharing news on our partners and community and how they are shaping the future of education, training and skills development on the African continent. We hope that you will enjoy this edition of our newsletter and as always look forward to hearing from you and about your work.

  1. Save the date: The 16th eLearning Africa will take place in Dakar, Senegal from May 24 – 26, 2023
  2. TooShare Launches the “One Million African Talents” Challenge
  3. Our podcast featuring Mark West, Education Specialist, UNESCO
  4. Retrospective: eLearning Africa, May 11 – 13, 2022
  5. The eLearning Africa Ministerial Round Table Communiqué
  6. Call for Partners, Sponsors and Exhibitors

Save the Date: eLearning Africa, May 23 – 26, 2023 in Dakar, Senegal

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 16th edition of the eLearning Africa Conference and Exhibition which will take place under the Patronage of H.E. Macky Sall, the President of the Republic of Senegal, in collaboration with eLearning Africa 2023 lead partner TooShare.

The overall theme of the 2023 event is “New Model Learning: Innovating to Become Sustainable, Self-Reliant, Equitable and Resilient”.

eLearning Africa Lead Partner 2023 Launches the “One Million African Talents” Challenge

The One Million African Talents programme is a major project to provide access to quality education that meets the standards of the world’s best universities and training centers. In partnership with Study Access Alliance, TooShare will provide scholarships for online university degrees at IU International University of Applied Sciences to those who would otherwise not be financially able to study.

This milestone will be the first step in the One Million African Talents programme and involves the awarding of scholarships to 100,000 students who will benefit from online certification courses over a 5-year period.

The eLearning Africa Podcast Featuring Mark West, Education Specialist, UNESCO

Join us for the latest eLearning Africa Podcast – In Conversation with Mark West. Chatting with Rob Vember, Mark provides a sobering assessment of how the world has fared regarding education during the Covid-19 pandemic. Describing it as a story of “exclusion, heightened inequities, diminished learning, and diminished educational experiences”. West acknowledges the need to look at how educational technologies can improve learning and efficiencies but emphasises the fundamental need for providers of education to look at how they can contribute to the holistic wellbeing of learners. Mark shares Unesco’s ideas on how to better centre society’s most marginalised, advocates for more online public spaces for public education, and emphasises the need for creativity and pedagogical innovation about how to use the strengths of the digital space to improve teaching and learning.

eLearning Africa 2022 in Review

Download our Post Event Report of eLearning Africa 2022 which took place in Kigali, Rwanda in May 2022.

With a total of 1084 participants from over 70 countries, 70+ sessions, 12 pre-conference events and 70 exhibitors,  the 2022 edition of eLearning Africa was considered a splendid success.

Communiqué: The 14th Ministerial Round Table took place on May 11, 2022

The 14th Ministerial Round Table took place in Kigali, Rwanda on May 11, 2022 and addressed the theme: “Getting Back on Track – Practical Steps towards 2063“: A decade ago, in its Agenda 2063, the AU set out its vision of a ‘transformed continent’ and the various aspirations it had for improvements in the quality of life of ordinary Africans. Since then, Africa and the rest of the world have had to contend with a devastating pandemic. It has interrupted progress and upset plans. It has also created new opportunities. As Africa begins a process of greater integration with the creation of ACFTA, African leaders still face the challenge of rapid technological change and growing, increasingly urban populations. How can they move beyond the pandemic, learn its lessons and get back on track towards 2063?

Meet Your pan African Audience at eLearning Africa in Dakar from May 24 – 26, 2023

Would you like to position your organisation as a market leader to the eLearning Africa community of learning, training, technology professionals and decision makers? We offer flexible exhibition, sponsorship and partnership packages that place your brand under the spotlight. The exhibition will take place at the heart of the conference and is the main networking area of the event. Join us in Dakar to meet with our audience which consists of high-level planners, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government – the three key areas driving ICT supported learning, training adoption and innovation. Gain added visibility in our community of over 73,000 stakeholders by becoming a sponsor or a partner. Contact us at for more information.

We are grateful to our partners:

Lead Partner 2023
Under the High Patronage of H.E Macky SALL,
President of the Republic of Senegal

eLearning Africa Secretariat:

Leibnizstrasse 32
10625 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0

November 10, 2022

NEX Kōtuitui Teachers’ Hui 2022—reminder

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November 9, 2022

Looking for Term 4 inspiration?

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GCSN Upcoming Events and Workshops                                                     View this email in your browser
Kia ora,

Kotahi te kākano, he nui ngā hua o te rākau.  
A tree comes from one seed but bears many fruit.  

With Term 4 well under way, we want to take this opportunity to provide you with new digital fluency focused experiences and resources that can support you for the remainder of 2022 and into 2023.

If you are looking for some end of year inspiration GCSN is excited to be launching two new PLD opportunities in partnership with Emma Planicka from Digital Learning PLD. These sessions, held later this month, are designed for kaiako and are all about utilising digital technologies in innovative and creative ways to promote digital fluency.

Noho ora mai rā,
The GCSN Team 

GCSN x Digital Learning PLD
GCSN is excited to be launching two new digital fluency focused PLD sessions which are perfect for wrapping up 2022 and launching into 2023!
Created and delivered by Emma Planicka from Digital Learning PLD these sessions provide kaiako with an opportunity to learn more about digital art and utilising Google apps in new and creative ways.Learn more about these sessions below and register here.

Become a Digital Artist… Just in time for Christmas!
Launch into 2023!
Chrome/ Google Creativity!
No artistic flair/skills required! (iPad)
Tuesday 22 November, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Spark Place, Tūranga Library
Wednesday 30 November
9:30am – 3:30pm
Spark Place, Tūranga Library
With a focus on creating amazing digital art and building digital fluency with iPad, come along and have a go with hands on fun ideas and learning you can take straight back to the classroom to share with ākonga!
Explore Keynote animations, create digital art and also the best Secret Santa Rap with GarageBand, just in time for Christmas!This workshop will include:

  • Exploring Keynote animations and the fabulous tools, and deep diving into Sketches School.
  • Create an animated eCard.
  • Get funky making an eSecret Santa Rap utilising GarageBand and Clips.
  • Explore resources and ideas to integrate these create apps across the curriculum.
  • Come away with amazing exemplars, resources and confidence to integrate new learning straight away.
  • Have the best Secret Santa gift yet!
With a focus on gathering tips, tricks, ideas and resources to fill your digital kete, develop confidence, and get excited about creating an engaging programme for 2023! You will leave this workshop armed and ready to explore a bunch of creative digital tools, getting innovative with all things Google, and more!

This workshop will include:

  • Hands on fun, practical ideas and useful resources to take away and explore across the curriculum.
  • Building Whanaungatanga through create apps and activities to weave into your programme engaging ākonga while having fun, connecting and building relationships.
  • Digital art to start 2023 with a bang!
  • Setting up for success by building digital fluency and good routines!
  • Exploring all things Google as well as some additional tried and true create tools.
  • Come away with amazing exemplars and confidence to integrate, explore and get excited for 2023!
Register for these sessions here!
Resources GCSN is excited about 
Manaiakalani Class OnAir
Manaiakalani is a cluster of 13 schools in the Tāmaki community. They have partnered with the Manaiakalani Trust, Google and other providers to seek improved education outcomes.  Manaiakalani Class OnAir allows you to explore their teaching and learning approach.Access Manaiakalani Class OnAir here.

Screen Time Guide for Parents 

This report was developed by MyVision, a digital resource which provides trusted information about eye health and vision. It explores the negative effects of extended screen time on the eyes, minds, and bodies of rangatahi, provides practical advice about screen time limits by age, and digital literacy education.

Read the report here.

Canterbury DigiAwards 2022 
The Grow Waitaha 2022 Canterbury DigiAwards empower primary and intermediate students across to design, develop, and showcase their digital projects as a way to unleash and acknowledge their digital creativity.
We would like to wish all of the finalists congratulations and are excited to learn more about their amazing creations at the awards ceremony tomorrow!GCSN is proud to be a major sponsor of this event, providing the prizes shown below. We also have Janelle Riki-Waaka, our Programme Manager, as one of the judges and the MC for the DigiAwards night, tomorrow Thursday 10 November 2022.

Learn more about the Canterbury DigiAwards 2022 here.

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