ICT for Development, Education and Training – about the 6th eLearning Africa conference

From May 25th — 27th this year, the 6th eLearning Africa conference took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Photographs by Jonathan E. Kalan, PuraVidaPhotos, and Saleh David, True Vision, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
© ICWE GmbH – Find here more photographs from the event.

Africa’s role is now shifting from spectator to active participant in the development of technologies.

Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, at the opening of the conference.

About 1,700 participants from over 90 countries from Africa and beyond convened at the conference for ICT-supported education. Conference languages were English, French and partly Kiswahili.

eLA is the largest annual conference of its kind, bringing together ICT supported education and training professionals in Africa for the development of multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities. Among the participants are education and training practitioners, experts, researchers, newcomers and providers from more then 80 countries, mostly Africans. Amongst the delegates are high-level policy and decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government – the three key areas driving eLearning adoption and innovation.

The conference also includes plenary sessions with world-class experts, smaller presentation and special focus sessions, practical demonstrations and debates on specific topics, as well as various workshops and informal networking opportunities where practitioners share their experiences, ideas, new information and perspectives.

Conference topics 2011

extracts from the conference report
  • eLA 2011: Web 2.0 and mobile learning are key trends in African education and training  

[…] the use of Web 2.0 technologies and mobile devices as new ways of mobilising learners and resources with the potential to revolutionise social and economic development

  • New technologies for learning integration 

A range of presentations explored the role of Web 2.0 tools and social media such as blogs, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype and other interactive, Internet-based technologies for educational purposes.  […]

  • Incorporating local customs and cultures

[…] Many experts stressed the need to localise content and integrate local customs and culture when using Web 2.0. Michael Trucano, the World Bank’s Senior ICT and Education Policy Specialist, reminded the audience that in general, successful learning cannot be achieved by ‘air-dropping pre-packaged material into Africa. […]

  • Easy access through mobile learning

[…] several organisations demonstrated how mobile learning has the potential to radically improve almost every aspect of life, especially in delivering healthcare to the ill and needy. […]

  • Maths games and interactive storytelling

[…] interactive storytelling delivered via mobile phone. Here, different approaches are applied for the differing fields of formal education, community affairs and work-based learning. […]

  • New skills for young people

[…]  focused in particular on the use of ICTs to nurture young talent. […]

  • Supporting African research

[…] introduced a ‘research track’ in an attempt to create a learning space both for the African and the broader research community to engage with research topics related to African experience […]

  • The eLearning Africa debate 

The eLearning Africa debate has become a classic feature of the conference since it was first introduced in 2008 and many participants say it is their favourite session of all. The atmosphere is high-energy, with plenty of opportunity to provoke, heckle and challenge – all within the strict rules of engagement based on the old-style UK Parliament. The motion this year was typically controversial: ‘This house believes that the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement is fundamentally fl awed because it is based on the false assumption that education institutions are willing to share resources freely and openly.’ […]

  • Ministerial Round Table 

[…] focused on “Education Access, Quality and Equity for African Youth”. Some 25 ministers and deputy ministers and more than 50 high-level government officials from 21 countries throughout Africa discussed policy and fi nancial issues concerning the integration of ICTs in education. […]

  • Mobile Monday

“Innovative use of mobile technologies for learning”

  •  Technology in Government (TIGA) Awards 2011

The second leg of the 2011 Technology in Government Awards (TIGA)in the ‘ICT in Education’ category was celebrated at eLearning Africa on Friday, May 27. The awards are co-organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Government of Finland in collaboration with the eLearning Africa Scholarship Trust.

The awards are given in recognition of initiatives aimed at exploiting Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for education and training in Africa. […]

  • Exhibition
[…] a parallel exhibition that established itself as a central meeting and networking point within the conference and provided participants with the opportunity to fi nd out about the latest services and products available. Representatives and attendees expressed their appreciation for the display and presentations. […]


eLearning Africa Official Website

Read the Full Report about the 6th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training

Find publications and previous reports online

Also check the eLearning Africa News Portal

Conference Organizers: ICWE GmbH and ICWE Africa

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