Post Tagged with: "Africa"

Improvisation: The Infrastructure of Communicating and Connecting
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Improvisation: The Infrastructure of Communicating and Connecting

African music is the birthplace of what became jazz, and the essence of jazz is improvisation. And since the 1990s, American businesses have been turning to improvisation (improv) training centres for help with team building and communication. But is there really a connection between improvisation and ICT for education, training, and skills development in Africa? Though the link is not direct, it definitely exists […]

AfDB Special Session: Scaling Up ICT for Education, Capacity Development and Knowledge Dissemination
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AfDB Special Session: Scaling Up ICT for Education, Capacity Development and Knowledge Dissemination

Despite considerable advances, many Africans lack the capacities to take advantage of the unique opportunities that will accompany what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. ITC provides tools that can support faster growth and help increase prosperity. Public-private cooperation and smart public policy are required to deploy ITCs in a way that fosters education, qualification programmes, and learning in general. This session will […]

Educating Women for a Changing Planet
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Educating Women for a Changing Planet

It’s no secret that educating women and girls is critical to sustainable development, economic growth, environmental stewardship, and a host of other factors key to humanity’s future. Educated women have more agency, marry later, and have fewer, and healthier, children. They are more resilient to economic and environmental shocks. The benefits of educating girls and women are clear. But what if we could do […]

‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Africa’s Opportunity or a Catastrophe in Waiting?
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‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Africa’s Opportunity or a Catastrophe in Waiting?

The world is heading towards a ‘fourth industrial revolution, according to technology experts. But is this good or bad news for Africans? Does it signify the approach of a new age of opportunity, in which Africa will leapfrog its competitors, or is it more likely to be a disaster in which jobs are lost, traditional industries are destroyed and Africa enters a new age […]

How a Boy from the Desert Brought Education to Millions
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How a Boy from the Desert Brought Education to Millions

By Harold Elletson It is baking hot and there is no breeze to stir the windsock on the edge of a tiny airstrip in the Western Australian desert.  A small light aircraft is just visible in the distance through the heat haze. In one of the buildings in what passes for a settlement on the edge of the airfield, a group of children have […]

Hope flies Drones
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Hope flies Drones

It is amazing to think what human ambition is truly capable of; particularly turning something of great adversity into one of hope, change agent none the less. If you had asked many people a few years ago what a drone was, don’t be surprised if the responses were aligned to a killing machine. The use of remotely piloted aircraft, otherwise known as drones, were […]

Microlearning to Address Skills Gaps in Africa
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Microlearning to Address Skills Gaps in Africa

By Ferhana Dostmohamed The skills gaps in Africa are an immediate problem. “Employers across the region already identify inadequately skilled workforces as a major constraint to their businesses, including 41% of all firms in Tanzania, 30% in Kenya, 9% in South Africa and 6% in Nigeria. This pattern may get worse in the future. In South Africa alone, 39% of core skills required across […]

Invest in Africa Now!, matching African project promoters and investors worldwide
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Invest in Africa Now!, matching African project promoters and investors worldwide

Invest in Africa Now!, matching African project promoters and investors worldwide  Invest in Africa Now! (IIAN) is a new private company which aims at matching African project promoters and investors. It uses a comprehensive approach – from scoping of interventions till investor feedback – aided by an online equity platform, advertising (TV, Digital and Print), a co-investment fund, and the organisation of investor meetings […]

EPICA. An ePortfolio for Students
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EPICA. An ePortfolio for Students

No matter what age we’re at or position we’re in, we all have to face our own inadequacies from time to time. These are painful realisations. The trick is to get over them quickly. Otherwise, you risk losing the drive to try again. You have to keep on learning. It is a cruel irony that these realisations are so widespread among university graduates who […]

Figure 2: A Screenshot of the Game Hello Nurse
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Gamification : Why do Game Developers and educators need to collaborate in Africa

Games are an effective and efficient instructional strategy for teaching and learning when they involved competition and are organized by rules to achieve an educational goal. Video games are a fun and safe environment, where students can try alternatives and see the consequences, learning from their own mistakes and practical experiences. Serious games have proven to be equally or even more effective than traditional […]