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A new national eLearning programme for Zimbabwe

Eight thousand primary and secondary schools in Zimbabwe will shortly be connected to the Internet as part of a new national eLearning programme, says Nelson Chamisa, the country’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology. “All political parties in the government have agreed that eLearning should be a priority in order to improve our education system,” said Chamisa, adding that the state would be furnishing […]

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Is mLearning the shape of things to come?

In the absence of formal educational infrastructure, mobile technology will be instrumental in transforming education in under-resourced areas, reveals a new study conducted by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA). Over 1200 youths from Ghana, India, Morocco and Uganda were polled, and in spite of the geographical divide, there were many striking parallels in how they interact with mobile technology.

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mLearning: effective or disruptive?

Mobile technologies, which play an increasingly important role in Africa’s education systems, are set to stimulate debate at this year’s eLearning Africa conference in Cotonou, Benin, from May 23rd to 25th. Through a range of interactive expert-led sessions, participants at eLearning Africa 2012, the Continent’s leading conference on ICT for development, education and training, will explore the challenges, opportunities and success stories of mLearning.

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Technology hubs charting new ground

The tech business is booming in Africa. Using crowdsourcing technology, the Lusaka-based start-up BongoHive has produced an online map of Africa’s technology hot spots. As of April 13th, 2012, the number of innovation hubs across the Continent stands at 49 and counting. What’s behind the Hubs of Africa map? “It is very difficult to find information about Africa’s technology incubation hubs in one place,” […]

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The University of Namibia goes wireless

The University of Namibia (UNAM) has launched a new wireless network giving students with compliant laptops unlimited Internet access around campus. Initially available to students at the main Windhoek campus from February 20th, 2012, plans are in place to extend the wireless capability to all ten of the university’s campuses nationwide. Speaking to eLearning Africa, Nabot Uushona, the Director of UNAM’s Computer Centre said […]

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A knowledge economy begins at the grass roots

The telecentre movement is nothing new. As an effective service for improving the livelihoods of rural communities, it is a model which exists the world over. Picture a telecentre in Africa, and the image of a small building where people can go to get access to a computer, phone, fax, go online or charge a mobile phone springs to mind. This conventional scenario still […]

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Lifelong learning in African healthcare

Experts at eLearning Africa 2011 suggested that eLearning could bridge the alarming skills gap that exists between nurses trained in different disciplines. Some pointed to successful partnerships with NGOs in East Africa. Others discussed scale and replicability in African medical training.

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More Africans learn by mobile phone

The eLearning Africa 2011 conference highlighted the worldwide phenomenon of distance learning by mobile phone. There are more than 500 million mobile phone subscribers in Africa now, up from 246 million in 2008, according to industry estimates.

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How high-speed Internet is boosting economic growth in Africa

In the Ghanaian capital Accra, one government minister takes questions from citizens via Facebook. One journalist in Kenya uses his smart phone to e-mail breaking news instantly from a corporate press conference; his announcements affect share prices on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Technology is rapidly changing Africa, and at the forefront of this change is rising access to broadband Internet. Broadband is even more […]