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eLearning Africa 2011 News Service - 6th edition
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News & information on the eLearning Africa conference, the premier annual event for developing eLearning capacities in Africa

May 25 - 27, 2011, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

www.elearning-africa.com

No. 6, May 9, 2011

Content
1. eLearning Africa countdown
2. Exploring gaming, eBooks and 'interactive phone instruction' in Africa
3. "Africa's potential is its people" - interview with Dr Frannie Leautier
4. CTA promotes agriculture to the young
5. Antelope Safaris to sponsor EAST Challenge
6. How eLearning Africa helped a school in the Copperbelt
7. Beyond deployment: how to actually integrate ICTs in African classrooms
8. IBM brings its Smarter Planet Agenda to Africa
9. MobileMonday: mobile apps capture the market in Africa
10. 'Aide et Action' backs African participation at eLearning Africa 2011
11. Is the OER movement flawed? A statement from Neil Butcher
12. South-South collaboration in learning: the Latin American experience
13. NATO training chief at special 'crisis response' training session
14. ELIG invites African eLearning companies into the European Group
15. 'Tanzania Beyond Tomorrow' ready soon

1. eLearning Africa countdown
eLearning Africa is only a few days away! This year's conference will be opened by His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. The opening plenary session will include keynote speeches on the role of ICTs, addressing the crisis in education, skills development and employability among African youth by Jim Adams, Regional Vice President, East Asia and Pacific Region, The World Bank, USA, Lieut. Gen. Karlheinz Viereck, Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Training, NATO, Tarkan Maner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wyse Technology, USA and Emanuel Feruzi, Managing Director, Tri Labs Limited, Tanzania.

Mark your calendar: The conference's opening will take place on Wednesday, May 25, at 18:00 hrs at the Mlimani City Conference Centre and will be followed by a welcoming reception in the exhibition area.

Conference programme

2. Exploring gaming, eBooks and 'interactive phone instruction' in Africa
Exciting opportunities for learning innovation are on the horizon in Africa, says Michael Trucano, the World Bank's Senior ICT and Education Policy Specialist, who will deliver a keynote speech at eLearning Africa 2011. New submarine cables and backbone networks promise a new era of affordable, high speed broadband connectivity; eBooks offer a 'huge potential'. New methods such as serious games for Africa or 'interactive mobile phone instruction' need to be explored. Here, Michael elaborates on how learning, skills development and innovation can be further unleashed with the support of ICTs.

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3. "Africa's potential is its people" - interview with Dr Frannie Leautier
Africa is endowed with natural resources including minerals, tourism and agricultural products but the potential is its people. eLearning Africa podcaster Andrea Marshall asked the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Dr Frannie Leautier how the organisation uses ICTs to improve skills and employability, eLA's central theme of 2011, and whether African governments are doing enough in this regard and how the private sector can be engaged more.

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4. CTA promotes agriculture to the young
The agricultural industry in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries faces many challenges. Despite the heavy reliance on this sector for economic growth, food security and employment, agriculture is not perceived as an attractive option by young people. ICTs are key to engaging young people's interest and involvement. CTA, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, has worked with local partners to provide training on the use of ICTs for development in the ACP region since 2001. In 2010 alone, over 300 participants took part in Web 2.0 and social media learning opportunities. Embracing these new technologies has resulted in new business ventures, innovations and entrepreneurial activity among youth. CTA is sponsoring African participation at the eLearning Africa conference 2011.

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5. Antelope Safaris to sponsor EAST Challenge
This year, the members of the Mt. Meru EAST Challenge team will be lucky enough to benefit from the services of one of Tanzania's premier tour operators. Antelope Safaris, has pledged to sponsor the Mt. Meru EAST Challenge - a charity climb in which some truly dedicated people will climb Tanzania's second highest mountain to raise money for the eLearning Africa Scholarship Trust (EAST).

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6. How eLearning Africa helped a school in the Copperbelt
Thanks to a meeting between a Franciscan missionary sister and two British educationalists at the eLearning Africa conference, a Zambian school has opened its first home economics classroom. At a 2010 Lusaka conference workshop, Sister Clara Mukuka Mulenga discussed problems at St Theresa's Basic School in Luanshya with David Lumsdon of the Oxfordshire IT firm RM Education and his friend Ian Painter. She was also inspired to strongly advocate the use of ICTs in education and in the community.

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7. Beyond deployment: how to actually integrate ICTs in African classrooms
Anyone involved in eLearning will be familiar with the challenge: A new technology is introduced into a school accompanied by a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but over time it doesn't quite get utilised in the way the proponents anticipated. Understanding the reasons behind this is central to enhancing our effectiveness. In this second article introducing the new research stream at eLearning Africa, David Hollow profiles a presentation from Dr Kofi Damian Mereku, Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. It focuses on an innovative research project investigating the gap between intended and realised ICT curricula in different African countries.

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8. IBM brings its Smarter Planet Agenda to Africa
In September 2010, IBM signed a landmark deal with Bharti Airtel to provide Airtel with Information Technology services in sixteen countries. IBM CEO Sam Palmisano flew to Kenya to sign the deal and to demonstrate his personal commitment to the economic future of Africa. Since that historic day, IBM has already begun fulfilling the promise of bringing its Smarter Planet agenda to Africa. IBM is opening new subsidiaries in multiple countries, including Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal and Angola, while expanding its footprint in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

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9. MobileMonday: mobile apps capture the market in Africa
"There is tremendous growth in SMS-based apps in countries like Kenya and Tanzania," explains Anthony Kigombola of the MobileMonday, the worldwide community of mobile visionaries and developers. The Tanzanian MoMo chapter will host one of its legendary meetings at this year's eLearning Africa.

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10. 'Aide et Action' backs African participation at eLearning Africa 2011
The Aide et Action association helps groups, organisations and governments around the world to provide access to quality education for all. The programmes are adapted to the needs of each country in which the association is active. The association is at work in 24 countries around the world. In Africa in 2010, more than 30 projects in 12 countries were implemented. This year, Aide et Action is also sponsoring African participation at eLearning Africa in Tanzania. Here, Denis Ouedraogo from the organisation's African regional office, highlights Aide et Action's work on the African continent.

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11. Is the OER movement flawed? A statement from Neil Butcher
Open Educational Resources (OER) are a very popular issue at eLearning Africa. However, do they really play such a positive role in higher education and at other educational institutions across Africa? The eLearning Africa 2011 Debate, traditionally a very lively, parliamentary-style discussion, will address the following motion: "This house believes that the OER movement is fundamentally flawed because it is based on the false assumption that educational institutions are willing to share resources freely and openly."

This week, we continue our online debate with a contribution by Neil Butcher, OER Africa strategist, arguing against the motion. Join in and share your very personal opinion with us!

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12. South-South collaboration in learning: the Latin American experience
A vibrant network of South-South collaborations in learning has developed under the umbrella of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), a partnership of over 120 recognised institutions (affiliates) in more than 80 countries worldwide. At eLearning Africa, experts from six universities and training institutions in Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama and Spain will highlight the very successful Latin American experience - both across the Continent and with Africa.

A true win-win situation has been achieved in the field of technical cooperation. Brazil is running more than 300 technical projects and activities in agriculture, health, education, vocational training, IT and environment in partnership with 37 countries in Africa.

The SENAI initiative, Brazil, for example has worked with training centres in Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau. Eight hundred students from Cape Verde were enabled to take part in vocational training in the fields of blacksmithing, food, electricity, plumbing, construction and IT management. Other technical cooperations between Brazil and Africa include the "Embrapa" agricultural initiative with the "Cotton Four" countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali, literacy projects for young people and adults, as well as family programmes in Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe.

Brazil, Mozambique and Spain have also jointly delivered eLearning courses on customs management for civil servants in public administration.

Find out more about the synergies and alliances created in these projects at the GDLN workshop Experiences in Latin America with Cooperation, Partnership and Resource Search for Project Development with Other Regions on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 13:30 - 17:00. There will be a simultaneous interpretation.

13. NATO training chief at special 'crisis response' training session
One of NATO's top training chiefs, Lieutenant General Karlheinz Viereck, will join speakers from Nigeria, Pakistan and Finland for a special session on "Improving cooperation in crisis response operations." The session, which will be hosted by the New Security Foundation, will take place on Thursday May 26th at 11:00 a.m. and provide an opportunity for conference participants to discuss how cooperation can be enhanced and training for security, defence and emergency services improved.

Lieutenant General Viereck is Deputy Chief of Staff for NATO's Joint Force Trainer and is a leading thinker on the development of learning and training in the new security environment. He is also passionately committed to the idea of improving training cooperation between NATO and African countries. A full interview with him appears in this month's edition of New Security Learning (www.newsecuritylearning.com).

Other speakers at the session will include Dauda Duncan of the Centre for Geodesy and Geophysics in Nigeria, who will speak about a new initiative to share seismic data; Shariq Khoja of the Aga Khan University in Pakistan, who will discuss the use of eLearning in training to deal with floods and landslides; Peter Kalanzi of Helsinki College in Finland who will talk about 'eEducation' and 'eTeacher training' in hostile environments; and Kolade Kamilu Bolarinwa of the University of Agriculture Abeokuta in Nigeria, who will speak about eLearning in the conflict zone of Taraba in Nigeria.

For more information about the session, please contact the New Security Foundation at info@newsecurityfoundation.org.

14. ELIG invites African eLearning companies into the European Group
The European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) has opened its membership categories to African eLearning organisations in recognition of the importance of Africa in the Learning Industry, the significant developmental opportunities across many African states and the growing interest of established members of ELIG in exploring the African market.

African companies and other organisations will be welcomed into an Associate membership category to build a new and productive network with European members in the same way that ELIG has been able to achieve in the Middle East. ELIG has established some highly-constructive relationships in the Middle East, in terms of both membership and the advisory roles. ELIG has also been invited to support e-learning developments in the region. This kind of productive relationship is also envisaged for ELIG and Africa and some activity is already happening. In 2008, ELIG collaborated with ETF in a research project exploring e-learning markets in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2009, ELIG was a key contributor to the eLearning Africa Conference. In the future, partnerships with initiatives such as, the EuroAfrica ICT and eInfrastructures Africa, both of which are supported by the EC, represent further opportunities for ELIG members.

For non-European members, association with ELIG represents a forum in which they can evaluate their level of preparedness for entry into the EU marketplace and their home marketplace. It also provides an opportunity for them to clarify their potential roles outside of their home territories and gain insight into the products and services they might bring to these markets. In addition, ELIG offers insight into European business values and practices.

Further information is available from the ELIG website www.elig.org


ELIG invite les entreprises africaines de eLearning a joindre le groupe europeen

Le European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) a ouvert ses categories de membres aux organisations africaines de eLearning, en reconnaissance de l'importance de l'Afrique pour l'industrie de l'apprentissage, des possibilites significatives de developpement dans beaucoup d'etats africains et de l'interet croissant des membres etablis d'ELIG a decouvrir le marche africain.

Les entreprises africaines et d'autres organisations seront accueillies dans la categorie „ membres associes „ afin de contruire un nouveau reseau productif avec les membres europeens, de la meme maniere qu'ELIG a accompli ceci dans le Moyen-Orient. ELIG a etabli plusieurs relations hautement constructives avec le Moyen-Orient, tant dans l'adhesion que dans le role consultatif. ELIG a ete invite a soutenir les developpements eLearning dans la region. Ce genre de relation productive est aussi envisagee pour ELIG et l'Afrique. Certaines activites existent deja : en 2008 ELIG a collabore avec l'ETF dans un projet de recherche explorant les marches eLearning dans le Moyen-Orient et l'Afrique du Nord. En 2009 ELIG joua un role cle pour la Conference eLearning Africa. Dans l'avenir, des partenariats avec des initiatives telles que EuroAfrica ICT et eInfrastructures Africa, toutes deux soutenues par la CE, representent d'autres possibilites pour les membres d'ELIG.

Pour les membres non-europeens une association avec ELIG represente un forum, dans lequel ils peuvent evaluer leur niveau de preparation a l'entree dans le marche de l'Union Europeenne et dans leur marche local. Ce forum leur offre aussi l'occasion de clarifier leur role potentiel en-dehors de leur territoire national et de determiner quels produits et services ils pourraient offrir a ces marches. De plus, ELIG fournit un apercu des valeurs et pratiques commerciales europeennes.

D'autres informations sont disponibles sur le site Web d'ELIG www.elig.org.

15. 'Tanzania Beyond Tomorrow' ready soon
Tanzania's ambitious plans for a programme of ICT-based learning across the country's education system will be a step closer to reality by the time participants arrive in Dar es Salaam for eLearning Africa. Mr Mwanu Kuzi, the Director of Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Education, told eLearning Africa's News Portal that a document outlining the Government's plans for the programme, which has been named 'Tanzania Beyond Tomorrow,' will be ready by the time of the conference.

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The eLearning Africa News Service is brought to you by E3 Communications. Chief editors are Andrea Marshall and Beate Timmer. Contributing editors are Christine Cayre (South Africa), Dr Harold Elletson (UK), Dr David Hollow (UK), Ludger Kasumuni (Tanzania), 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.

www.e3-communications.com

For more information about the event, please contact:

ICWE GmbH
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10625 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33
www.icwe.net

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