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 […]
According to the 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals Report, around 33 million children of primary school age and 22 million adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa are out of school. 55% of those children are girls. Camfed, an international non-profit organisation, is addressing this problem in an innovative way. Camfed has developed a new alert technology within its programme and financial database to help ensure that […]
Making eLearning accessible to all isn’t just about boosting class performance; in some cases, it can actually mean the difference between an institution shutting down or staying open. In October 2015, student uprisings, organised around the hashtag #feesmustfall, interrupted business as usual at campuses across South Africa. The protests were initially organised in response to a 10.5% increase in fees at the University of […]
The Africa and Middle East Conference on Software Engineering (AMECSE) is back this year in Cairo. The region’s first conference in this field, to be held in partnership with eLearning Africa, is currently calling for proposals on the theme: “OPEN—DEVELOP—INNOVATE”. Organised by the Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), conference participants can expect to discuss the most […]
On January 5th, 2016, the Algerian government published a new draft constitution. Among provisions to strengthen the democratic process in the country is a move to give the Berber language (Tamazight or Amazigh) official recognition.
Egypt is justly famed for its ancient centres of learning. Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, founded over a thousand years ago, maintains its pre-eminence as the country’s most venerable degree-granting institution, and the legendary library of Alexandria, whose establishment predated Al-Azhar’s by more than a millennium, was reputedly one of the largest and most significant in the ancient world.
Located in Uganda’s Oyam district, an area traumatised by two-decades of LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) conflict, Iceme Girls’ Senior Secondary School is using its newly-established Digital Inclusion Centre to educate, empower and support its students and surrounding community to heal the scars of the past.
‘Scaling up’ has been a recurrent theme in discussions surrounding education and technology in recent years. The rise of the internet – and its attendant connectivity – is seen by many as representing a golden opportunity for the scaling up of educational projects in Africa. With its rapidly growing young population increasingly representing an ever greater demand for education, upscaling has indeed moved from […]
The plenary sessions from eLearning Africa 2015 included presentations from a range of political leaders, entrepreneurs and educators from Africa and around the world. Under the overall conference theme ‘Enriching Tomorrow’, keynote speakers informed and inspired audiences with the latest ideas, best practices and innovations that are shaping the future of education across the continent. Here is our roundup of some of eLearning Africa […]
In April, we brought you the news of the GIZ Gamification Hackathon for Social Good, which took place in May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of eLearning Africa 2015. The event brought together makers from across Africa for a unique event that channelled their creativity, innovation and sheer endurance to come up with gamified solutions to social problems.