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eLearning Africa: An old Fox steals the Laurels from Silicon Valley
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eLearning Africa: An old Fox steals the Laurels from Silicon Valley

How much attention do the luminaries of Silicon Valley pay to Africa? The answer is, perhaps, more than they used to but still not enough. With the world’s youngest population and some of its fastest growing economies, the African continent should be a subject of obsessive fascination for anyone with an interest in technology. Yet, until recently, the attitude of many tech companies and […]

Germany highlights support for digital learning in Africa
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Germany highlights support for digital learning in Africa

Last week’s eLearning Africa conference concluded with a statement of German support for developing digital education in the continent. Guenter Nooke, a former member of the Bundestag, and Angela Merkel’s Special Representative for Africa spoke at the conference, which is Africa’s largest conference for technology assisted learning and training, to affirm and highlight Germany’s interest and support in expanding digital learning for the further […]

“A prudent optimist”: President Ameenah Gurum-Fakim
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“A prudent optimist”: President Ameenah Gurum-Fakim

When Dutch sailors first landed in Mauritius in 1598, they discovered an island paradise rich in lush, tropical vegetation and with abundant supplies of fresh water. They also famously found the dodo, which has been described as a “feathered tortoise,” a bird so fat that it could not fly. It provided an easy target and a ready supply of meat for even the most […]

SPIDER partners with UNAD to Digitalise Ugandan Sign Language
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SPIDER partners with UNAD to Digitalise Ugandan Sign Language

Since its inception in 2004, SPIDER (Swedish Programme for ICTs in Developing Regions) has recognised education as a fundamental human right that enables people to take part in society and lift themselves out of poverty. Education in low-resource settings is generally underfunded. This becomes more apparent as students in need of special accommodations go without their requirements being met, thus preventing them from accessing […]

Critical Skills Gaps: Salah-Eddine Kandri Speaks on the Future of the Job Market in Africa
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Critical Skills Gaps: Salah-Eddine Kandri Speaks on the Future of the Job Market in Africa

A World Bank report from 2014 suggested that as many as 11 million young people in Africa will be joining the job market every year for the next decade. For long-term economic growth, investment in a highly skilled workforce is hugely important. But where are the critical skills gaps in Africa today? And, more importantly, how can we fill them? These are just some […]

Remote online experimentation platform at the British University in Egypt (BUE)
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Remote online experimentation platform at the British University in Egypt (BUE)

Professor Hani Ghali, Centre for Emerging Learning Technologies CELT, BUE The noticeable progress of information and communication technologies and associated development tools, together with the availability of reliable internet connectivity, have created unlimited opportunities for eLearning activities. These have motivated teachers to think about new non-conventional interactive eLearning modes of teaching and associated learning activities. Amongst the numerous interactive learning activities, online experimentation is considered […]

“MOOCs – a must, not a luxury”
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“MOOCs – a must, not a luxury”

With the launch of the Knowledge Bank, Egypt has established itself as an African leader in open education. No surprise then that the subject of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) should be coming in for close scrutiny in Cairo. Dr Zeinab El Maadawi, an Associate Professor and Expert in eLearning and International Education Management at the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, has been studying […]