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ICT for Education Solutions - in Africa, By Africans, for the Global Economy
Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201305131819.html
Source Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Focus: Citizens’ Service Delivery
Created: May 23, 2013

With a record number of proposals submitted and more attendees expected than ever before, eLearning Africa 2013 is certainly feeling the effect of the technology boom. The conference, which is the Continent's leading forum for the technology-assisted learning industry, will be bringing together a wide range of perspectives on ICT for development, education and training in Windhoek, Namibia, May 29th-31st. Now in its eighth year, eLearning Africa will be celebrating the rise of Made in Africa solutions. The conference will also be preceded by the annual eLearning Africa round table meeting of education and ICT ministers from across Africa.
"This year our focus will be on innovation and we are all really proud that some of the most exciting and innovative new solutions in education have been pioneered and developed in Africa", says Rebecca Stromeyer, founder of eLearning Africa and Executive Director of ICWE.
This local innovation reveals itself in many forms. Expert speakers at the conference will talk on such diverse issues as African MOOCs, eLearning in refugee contexts, technology's role in preserving oral traditions and imaginative solutions to lack of broadband access.
The overarching themes of the conference, Tradition, Change and Innovation, set up a tension which these speakers will explore in many different and fascinating ways. Erin Hayba, the Associate Community Services Officer at UNHCR, will show the results of his work in the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, where the installation of solar-powered ICTs in 39 schools, and an innovative community-based maintenance and sustainability programme, have overcome the traditionally problematic language barriers in the camp and improved the prospects of 80,000 young people. Mignon Hardie of the FunDza Literacy Trust, South Africa will be talking about the impact of mobile networks on literacy and literature.
Her organisation's creative writing platform shares quality teen fiction among young South Africans and encourages them to share stories - creating their own African content.
The eLearning Africa 2013 Programme Highlights, provide a glimpse of the conference agenda and a variety of surprising activities, which this year includes debating, dancing, singing and "speed-geeking".
For more information about the conference, how to register and the programme, please visit www.elearning-africa.com
Notes for editors
• eLearning Africa, the 8th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training
• May 29 - 31, 2013
• Safari Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia
• Organisers: ICWE GmbH (www.icwe.net), Government of the Republic of Namibia
• eLearning Africa 2013 is supported by Platinum Sponsor DELL Wyse, Gold Sponsors Microsoft and NComputing, and Silver Sponsors Samsung and PC Training. Conference sponsors are: JP SA Couto, Gilat Satellite Networks, Teachers Media International (TMI), SES Broadband Service, Éditions Éburnie, IEEE, NVD SA, Telecom Namibia and PWC,
Contact
ICWE GmbH, Ms Rebecca Stromeyer
info@elearning-africa.com, www.eLearning-africa.com, Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0
Press contact
• ICWE GmbH Claire Thrower
• press-service@icwe.net,
• Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0,
• Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33
Social media
• Facebook: eLearning Africa Group
• Twitter: @eLAconference #eLA13
• LinkedIn: eLearning Africa
Press releases: www.elearning-africa.com/press_release.php
News Portal: www.ela-newsportal.com
Photographs: www.elearning-africa.com/media_library_galleries.php
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