Oracle and the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) support over 1.2 million students in 91 countries each year through the Oracle Academy and ThinkQuest programmes. Partnerships with governments and institutions around the world help students to develop 21st-century skills and meet the growing demand for a skilled workforce. Learn more about what Christopher Binns, Oracle Education Foundation, thought of this year’s eLearning Africa conference and watch an Oracle Foundation video describing the programme’s successes in Ghana.
From Egypt to South Africa, ThinkQuest is enabling teachers to integrate online learning projects into their classroom curricula. The Project Learning Institute, a professional development programme for educators, has proven successful in showing African teachers how to incorporate project-learning concepts and technology into the classroom. In Egypt, the Oracle Academy is helping students develop the technology and business skills required for 21st-century careers in the country’s growing IT sector. In Oracle’s fiscal year 2009, over 39,000 students participated in the Oracle Academy in Egypt. In addition to these programmes, Oracle supports the goals of regional initiatives such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
Christopher Binns, Oracle Education Foundation, was responsible for Oracle’s appearance at eLearning Africa 2009: “The conference brought together a brilliant mix of people, opinions and solutions from around the world and reinforced why Oracle is proud to help advance education in Africa. I spoke with people from all across Africa, America, Asia and Europe. My welcome was warm and friendly – even my schoolboy French was taken kindly to!”
A current example of how a Ghanaian student has benefited from ThinkQuest can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLup3Mltt3Y&feature=channel_page