Author: Annika Burgess

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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

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 […]

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German Science Centre Cairo highlights the benefits of university-community outreach

Science and research are never ends in themselves but rather serve as platforms for connecting with the broader community. In a globalised world with new technical solutions, this not only means serving the immediate community but operating across national boundaries. A perfect example is the FU Berlin’s Ilajnafsy project, which provides web-based psychological interventions for traumatised individuals in the Middle East. The German Science […]

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German Development Cooperation: Promoting the Use of ICT for Refugee Education

It was not a coincidence that this year’s eLearning Africa was held under the patronage of the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller. 2016 is the year of digital education in Germany! This year, the German Government has declared digital education a priority of its national Digital Agenda. German Development Cooperation has also recognized the high potential of ICT […]

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SPHEIR: driving innovation for higher education reform

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has recently launched the SPHEIR programme – Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform.  This is backed by £45m of UK-government funds and aims to transform aspects of higher education in low-income countries. It will support approximately twelve multi-actor partnerships to improve access, quality, relevance and affordability of higher education over an initial five-year period. Its […]

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“This house believes inclusivity is more important for Africa’s future than tradition”

When the past and the future come into conflict, it’s often the future that wins. The past is fragile by nature and easily swept away, yet it is often to a lost past that we look for inspiration in building the future. At the eLearning Africa Plenary Debate, this dispute will be played out as our four speakers lock horns over the motion “This […]

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Egypt’s Science and Tech Parks Outlook

Egypt has been known as the lighthouse of science and innovation in the world and a flag bearer of a civilization with a scientific and cultural heritage. Throughout history, Egyptian scientists have contributed to a variety of sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry, medicine and engineering. By AbdelRahman El-Sayed, Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Today, Egypt is a world-class venue for IT and business-process […]

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Today’s smart learning will build tomorrow’s smart society

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, the first certified e-University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a major advocate of the ‘smart learning’ concept, has been spurring an educational revolution locally and regionally through its sharp focus on innovation, critical thinking, challenging learners to go beyond their perceived limits, and rigorously pursuing knowledge with advanced thinking. This is a guest post from eLearning Africa […]

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Moodlerooms, technology for education beyond the LMS

Phillip Miller is the International Vice President of Open Source services at Blackboard. He has worked there and in Moodlerooms, Blackboard’s main open source product for education, for over ten years. Phillip works with 1,500 Moodle clients from all over the world and helps shape the roadmap of this open source platform so that these organisations can reach their teaching and learning goals. Open source means that each […]