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 News & Information on the eLearning Africa Conference, an Annual Event for Developing eLearning Capacities in Africa
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Description: News & Information on the eLearning Africa Conference, an Annual Event for Developing eLearning Capacities in Africa


No. 3, February 15, 2011


  1. Call for Papers Closed with Over 430 Submissions
  2. Capture this! How ICTs are Empowering People Across Africa
  3. China''s Mighty Telecom Footprint in Africa
  4. Professor Sugata Mitra to Deliver Keynote Speech at eLearning Africa 2011
  5. Smart Ideas for Economic Growth - An Interview With Dr Dinah Mwinzi
  6. eLearning Africa is Taking to the Hills!
  7. TIGA Awards 2011: Celebrating Excellence in eGovernment
  8. AVU Launches Online Open Education Resources Portal
  9. Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities: Place the Spotlight on You!
Call for Papers Closed with Over 430 Submissions
The Call for Papers for the 2011 conference closed with the impressive number of 436 submissions. The eLA Review Committee, chaired by independent ICT4D consultant Shafika Isaacs, is currently in the process of ing and evaluating the proposals that came in from all parts of the Continent, from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

By the beginning of March, a draft agenda will be available. "By then we hope to present a programme that will inspire animated discussion and robust debate" says Ms Isaacs. "We have received submissions from key players in education and ICT4D in Africa, including large organisations and grass-roots initiatives. This year''s focus on youth and skills development was enthusiastically received by many and we can present great examples of how Africa''s youth can be empowered by the spread of digital technologies."

In putting together the agenda for Dar es Salaam, eLearning Africa will make sure that it lives up to its reputation of being a unique community of practitioners, showcasing a great diversity of different approaches in the field of technology-enhanced learning and training on the Continent.

This newsletter will keep you up-to-date with news of the event. Stay tuned!


Capture this! How ICTs are Empowering People Across Africa
The 2nd eLearning Africa Photo Competition aims to capture how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can nurture talent, skills and innovation across Africa. We invite you to send us your photos that depict outstanding achievements in Africa - empowered by ICTs, or that show innovative ways in which ICTs can foster the development of people, communities and society. We are looking for your contributions from any sector of life - be it health, agriculture, business, community life or education - innovation is everywhere and it can come from every single one of us!

To find out more and spread the word, eLearning Africa 2011 is launching a new photo competition, encouraging people across Africa to Capture this! How ICTs are empowering people across Africa.


Le deuxièmeconcours photo de eLearning Africa a pour objectif de saisir par l''image la façon dont les Technologies de l''Information et de la Communication (TIC) peuvent nourrir les talents , les compétences et l''innovation à travers l''Afrique. Nous vous invitons à envoyer vos photographies qui illustrent des réalisations remarquables en Afrique, favorisées par les TIC, ou qui montrent de quelle manière innovante les TIC peuvent encourager le développement des êtres humains, des communautés et de la société dans son ensemble. Vos images peuvent évoquer tous les domaines de la vie - que ce soit la santé, l''agriculture, l''économie, la vie des communautés ou encore l''éducation - l''innovation se niche partout et tous autant que nous sommes, nous pouvons en être les moteurs !

Pour découvrir ces trésors et propager l''information, eLearning Africa 2011 lance un nouveau concours photo, pour encourager les habitants du continent africain à faire un Arrêt sur image ! Zoom sur les TIC , outils de développement et d''innovation à travers l''Afrique.

En savoir plus

China''s Mighty Telecom Footprint in Africa
China plays a major role financing and supplying telecom and ICT equipment to Africa, a precondition for eLearning. Chinese companies have broken the monopoly of Western telecom giants in Africa, helped to bring down charges and contributed to the triumphal success of mobile phones on the Continent. They have also donated educational communications hardware worth millions of dollars. However, China''s engagement has attracted mixed reactions.


Professor Sugata Mitra to Deliver Keynote Speech at eLearning Africa 2011

Sugata Mitra is currently Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University. Considered a pioneer in his field, Professor Mitra is best known for his "Hole In The Wall" experiment, whereby he studied the potential of minimally invasive education by placing an Internet-enabled PC in the wall of an Indian slum, leaving it there for anyone to use. In this interview, Professor Mitra helps us to understand what technology can offer some of the most marginalised members of society. Drawing on examples from his own research, Professor Mitra goes on to offer practical advice to developers and eLearning professionals, highlighting some of the key shifts in the landscape of technology and learning.


Smart Ideas for Economic Growth - An Interview With Dr Dinah Mwinzi
The Kenyan Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is currently constructing one hundred greenhouses in various Youth Polytechnics across the country so that students can be trained in greenhouse farming. This is one of the measures undertaken by the Ministry in order to plug the skills gap among the country''s young people. "For Kenya to develop, we need technicians, technologists and engineers," says Dr Dinah Mwinzi, Director of Youth Training. "And we have to empower entrepreneurship amongst our young people by supporting smart ideas for economic growth." eLearning Africa had the honour of interviewing the exuberant political practitioner.



eLearning Africa is Taking to the Hills!
In May this year, just before the eLearning Africa conference, a diverse group of eLearning professionals from across the globe will climb Mount Meru, in Tanzania, as part of the EAST Challenge. The aim of the challenge is to raise scholarship funding for low-income African teachers and education professionals to attend the eLearning Africa conference in Dar es Salaam from the 25th to the 27th of May.


TIGA Awards 2011: Celebrating Excellence in eGovernment
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Government of Finland have announced the third Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) Awards for 2011. These awards recognise African governments'' effective use of ICTs for public services. One of the awards - in the category on Improved Educational Services Through the Use of ICTs - is organised jointly with the eLearning Africa Conference and Scholarship Trust.


AVU Launches Online Open Education Resources Portal
The African Virtual University (AVU) launched the interactive Open Education Resources portal OER@AVU in January this year. The portal can be accessed at http://oer.avu.org and contains quality resources developed together with twelve universities in ten African countries. The resources are released under the Creative Commons open licence. Through the portal, AVU will enable academics throughout the African Continent and beyond to share, distribute and disseminate their resources globally and thus contribute towards Africa''s economic development through education.


Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities: Place the Spotlight on You!
The eLA conference and expo will take place in the top trade convention location in Dar es Salaam, the newly built Mlimani City Conference Centre. Our exhibition team is ready to assist you with every step of planning and will help make sure that you fully benefit from your involvement in this unique education event. For further information about exhibiting and sponsoring opportunities, or to book your place, please contact Cecilia Hulshof at marketing@elearning-africa.com.

The eLearning Africa News Service is brought to you by E³ Communications. Chief editors are Andrea Marshall and Beate Timmer. Contributing editors are Christine Cayré (South Africa), Edris Kisambira (Uganda), Reuben Kyama (Kenya), Talent Ng''andwe (Zambia) and Brenda Zulu (Zambia). If you would like to submit story ideas or write for us, please contact us on: ela@e3-communications.com.


For more information about the event, please contact:

Katharina Goetze & Andrea Gruenler
Leibnizstrasse 32
10625 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33

E-Mail: info@elearning-africa.com



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