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Dr Jiping Zhang
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Increasing efficiency for the poor

  Biography Dr. Jiping Zhang is Senior Distance Learning Specialist and Instructional Designer at the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) of the World Bank. She started distance learning in 1997 by developing the Internet-based-training and CD-ROM version with streaming video on water resources management and rural development policy courses for World Bank staff training. Before joining TDLC, she worked in the World Bank Institute […]

What do football and mathematics have in common?
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What do football and mathematics have in common?

Educational content is an issue with which many African countries still struggle, so Intel’s approach to preparing Ghanaian science students for the digital age seems quite promising. The objective of www.skoool.com.gh is to provide a rich and integrated platform for science and math education. Topics generally seen at as being very “dry” are delivered in a rather playful manner. An interactive football match, for […]

Distance learning at Makerere University goes cellular
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Distance learning at Makerere University goes cellular

By Edris Kisambira, Uganda The Department of Distance Learning at Makerere University has deployed an amazing mobile-telephone-based application to aid research supervision by students who learn and study long distance.

Digital project heralds new dawn for African libraries
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Digital project heralds new dawn for African libraries

Digital libraries can open up more ways for research, teaching and broader public discussion in Africa hopes Dr. Siro Masinde, who works as the Regional Coordinator for Aluka, a non-for-profit initiative that is building a digital library with emphasis on primary source materials from and about Africa. Africa has its own rich natural and cultural heritage as well as traditional knowledge and information systems […]

Towards a different ICT pedagogy for Africa
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Towards a different ICT pedagogy for Africa

By Vincent Kizza, Uganda Many years back at university, we were extremely excited about the various instructional pedagogies such as lectures, discussion, discovery, etc. However, when many of us went to the field, we soon realised that there was a big trade-off between adapting some of these methodologies and the pressure to complete the extensive syllabus. We were left with no alternative than to […]

Mercy Sila
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Mobilising resources for quality education – Interview with Mercy Sila, Director General of the Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) from the United Republic of Tanzania

  Mercy Sila is currently Director General of the Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) and is responsible for managing and ensuring the sustainability of the Education Fund by mobilising and soliciting revenue and utilising the Fund to finance education projects to supplement government efforts toward improving the of quality of and equitable access to education in the country. She is an accountant and registered as […]

Project participants at Ugandan health sites © healthnet.org
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Current, accurate and trustworthy information for medical staff

Dr Bernard Lown started SATELLIFE with the idea of putting satellite receiving stations in universities and medical schools in developing countries around the world in order to provide medical professionals with the scientific and clinical research they needed to stay current in their fields. SATELLIFE was able to reach agreements with the most significant publishers of peer-reviewed medical journals to transmit relevant information via […]