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Digital badges offer a paradigm shift in skills validation
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Digital badges offer a paradigm shift in skills validation

At the moment, few places in the world are more interesting than Africa when it comes to discussions related to education and skills development. The Continent has unique challenges that differ from those in most of the world, but they also offer unique opportunities. This situation, combined with the fast rise of African countries’ standard of living and technological development, and the generally open […]

Skills for the digital age – and for all
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Skills for the digital age – and for all

Three German Development Policy Approaches for a More Inclusive Future With an average age of only nineteen, African has the youngest and fastest-growing population of any continent. Its youth promises to be a catalyst for innovation, change and economic growth. Its rejuvenating population, however, will need about 20 million new jobs every year to support its economic potential. Digitalization, as the major transformative force […]

Improvisation: The Infrastructure of Communicating and Connecting
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Improvisation: The Infrastructure of Communicating and Connecting

African music is the birthplace of what became jazz, and the essence of jazz is improvisation. And since the 1990s, American businesses have been turning to improvisation (improv) training centres for help with team building and communication. But is there really a connection between improvisation and ICT for education, training, and skills development in Africa? Though the link is not direct, it definitely exists […]

AfDB Special Session: Scaling Up ICT for Education, Capacity Development and Knowledge Dissemination
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AfDB Special Session: Scaling Up ICT for Education, Capacity Development and Knowledge Dissemination

Despite considerable advances, many Africans lack the capacities to take advantage of the unique opportunities that will accompany what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. ITC provides tools that can support faster growth and help increase prosperity. Public-private cooperation and smart public policy are required to deploy ITCs in a way that fosters education, qualification programmes, and learning in general. This session will […]

‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Africa’s Opportunity or a Catastrophe in Waiting?
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‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Africa’s Opportunity or a Catastrophe in Waiting?

The world is heading towards a ‘fourth industrial revolution, according to technology experts. But is this good or bad news for Africans? Does it signify the approach of a new age of opportunity, in which Africa will leapfrog its competitors, or is it more likely to be a disaster in which jobs are lost, traditional industries are destroyed and Africa enters a new age […]

How Schools-Focused Tech Can Fix Africa’s Connectivity Problem
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How Schools-Focused Tech Can Fix Africa’s Connectivity Problem

After attending e-Learning Africa 2017, ApplianSys Director of Technology Roger Clark set out to document how modern network technology can transform African connectivity and accelerate e-Learning rollout. Following an extensive study of network traffic patterns in connected classrooms in 12 countries, Roger is joining the 2018 conference to share insights from that research, but here’s a foretaste.   African nations are on a journey […]

From ‘Kinky Boots’ to Kigali: How a Broadway Producer is Bringing Storytelling Back into Learning
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From ‘Kinky Boots’ to Kigali: How a Broadway Producer is Bringing Storytelling Back into Learning

By Harold Elletson There are certain professions, which seem somehow linked to the stage, even if the connection is only in the minds of those who practise them. Politics, for example, has been described as “show business for ugly people.” The law is full of exhibitionist types who would have been just as happy in greasepaint, as in a wig and gown. And the […]