eLearning Africa conference starts here on Wed

28 May 2013 07:50
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) ? A three-day eLearning Africa conference of ministers and representatives from all across Africa starts here on Wednesday to draw on the knowledge they have build up collectively over the past 20 years.
The organiser of the conference, Rebecca Stromeyer from International Conferences, Workshops and Exhibitions (ICWE) Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH), said in a media statement issued here on Monday that DELL Wyse is the platinum sponsor of eLearning Africa?s 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development, Education and Training under the theme ?Policy and Innovation in Education in Africa?.
Translated from German into English, GmbH means a ?company with limited liability?, and is a legal entity which is very common in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other central European countries.
?African educators, still challenged with the mammoth task of providing basic education, will take the opportunity to share progress reports and policies.
In today's volatile world, where new technologies have dramatic implications for policy development, such pan-African communication is vital in ensuring geographically distant countries facing similar problems can compare experiences,? said Stromeyer.
She said governments? representatives and ICT experts will hear progress reports delivered by a panel of ministers, as well as speeches from 'global education superstar' Sugata Mitra; Luís Silveira Pinto of JP - inspiring knowledge; and Harry de Backer, the minister counsellor of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the African Union.
Stromeyer said governments will get involved more than ever in the growth of ICTs, with Kenya's National Master Plan, Namibia's Vision 2030, and the rise of African hubs, and it is all the more vital for ministers to be able to learn from each other.
She said the round table of ministers and government representatives has three goals - to review the African experience of transformative ICT in education policy development to date; discuss emerging trends in the way African learners are learning under the increasing influence of innovative technologies; and share ideas on appropriate policy responses to the influence of rapid technological change on the African learning landscape.
Others sponsors of the conference include the Gold Sponsors Microsoft, NComputing, and Silver Sponsors Samsung, PC Training & Business College.
The conference ends on Friday.