Impressions from e-Learning Africa 2014, Kampala, Uganda


Now in it’s 9th year, the annual international conference on ICT for development, education and training – e-Learning Africa – took place in Kampala, Uganda last week:

More than 1500 participants and about 300 speakers from 68 countries gathered for three days at the Speke Resort and Conference Centre in the Ugandan capital Kampala, set on the edge of Lake Victoria.

eLA pics 2014

eLA Report 2014

eLA Report2014This year’s eLearning Africa Report again provides an exhaustive snapshot of current progress and perspectives in the field of technology-enabled learning across the continent comprising news, features, interviews, literature and survey results.

From the content:

  • Award-winning Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina‘s 88 eLearning aphorisms
  • An exclusive interview with ITU Development Director Brahima Sanou
  • Paul Boateng on Nelson Mandela’s education legacy
  • UNECA‘s Aida Opoku-Mensah on the post-2015 development agenda (Director, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)
  • A guide to key international sources of funding for education projects
  • 55 individual country profiles
  • Survey results of eLearning professionals in Africa

The mood of optimism among Africans is unmistakable. Our survey […] confirms that African e-learning professionals are feeling confident about the future. This is more good news for the continent because the combination of education and technology is clearly a powerful driver for growth.

Stay Up to Date

Keep up to date throughout the year with all the latest news about eLearning Africa and ICT for development, education and training:

eLearning Africa News Portal – eLearning Africa Newsletter –  Facebook Page – Facebook Discussion Group – Twitter – LinkedIn

eLA 2014 in the Media

The Guardian: Believe the hype: e-learning can revolutionise education in Africa – Rebecca Stromeyer who runs the annual e-learning Africa conference tells us how IT is transforming education

rebecca[…] The initial idea for the e-learning events was sparked in 2004 when I heard about optical fibre cables being laid in Ethiopia. I realised the potential information and communications technologies (ICT) held for development in Africa. This year’s elearning Africa conference in Uganda is our 9th. We have been hosted by Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Senegal, Benin and Namibia and typically have over 1,500 participants and more than 300 speakers. […]

BizTech Africa: eLearning: ‘one device does not fit all’

As Gold Sponsor at the 9th annual eLearning Africa Conference in Kampala, Uganda, this year, Microsoft will focus on the need for a more holistic approach to ICT in education. This includes understanding individual school objectives, preparing teachers for the change, and adding the relevant content and services to create a productive and sustainable learning environment. The theme of this year’s conference, which takes place from the 28th – 30th May, is Opening Frontiers to the Future, focusing on how Africans can equip themselves with the skills necessary to not only succeed in their local market, but also shape and lead the global marketplace. […]

Business Ghana: Africa unlocked – Opening a window on the continent’s education future

The eLearning Africa Report 2014, launched yesterday by the His Excellency Edward Ssekandi, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, is claiming that Africans working in education are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future.
The report follows the publication of the World Bank’s estimate that economic growth across Africa will rise to 5.2 per cent this year, shows that 74 per cent of professionals and investors in the key sectors of ICT and education are optimistic about future prospects.
“The mood of optimism among Africans is unmistakable,” says the Report. “Our survey… confirms that African eLearning professionals are feeling confident about the future. This is more good news for the continent because the combination of education and technology is clearly a powerful driver for growth.” […]

Deutsche Welle: E-learning speeds up progress in Africa

[…] Africa profits immensely from E-learning. That, in a nutshell, was the message from Harold Elletson, a British expert who presented the latest E-learning report at the Kampala conference, for which more than 1,400 specialists in Africa were consulted. “E-learning is making a huge difference in all sorts of ways, not only in education but also in other sectors of industry. It is a key factor in African economic growth and the potential for that growth as well,” Elletson told the conference participants. […]

The Guardian: E-learning: more hype than hope?

This week the annual eLearning Africa conference was held in Kampala, Uganda to discuss the revolutionary potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) in development and education. But just how revolutionary is it? In a recent interview on the network, Rebecca Stromeyer, convenor of the conference, argued that this is one trend where we can confidently believe the hype. And she doesn’t seem to be alone in her enthusiasm. A recent report, states that 74% of professionals in ICT and education are feeling optimistic about the future of e-learning in Africa. […]

SciDevNet: ICT helping Ugandan youth in conflict management

[KAMPALA] Wars and conflicts in the developing world cause untold losses and damages to populations and natural resources. But there is a positive spin-off from this tale of destruction, as I discovered during a session on the application of information communication and technologies (ICTs) in post-war management at the 9th eLearning Africa conference in Kampala, Uganda this week (28-30 May). Young people, victims of war and conflict in northern Uganda, narrated their experiences of using various ICTs in conflict management. A positive outcome of conflict, according to the youth, is that it serves as a learning ground for the victims to try and resolve their differences and forge into the future peacefully. […]

Sierra Express Media: Africa as One: How Distance Learning Centres Have Enabled Capacity Building Across Africa 

“Education,” said Nelson Mandela “is the key to everything.” Participants in last week’s (28 – 30 May) eLearning Africa Conference in Kampala, Uganda, were in no doubt, however, that it is the combination of education and information technology that is critical to Africa’s future. Stanley Simataa, Namibia’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, told a special meeting of ministers of education and ICT at the event that “a 10 per cent increase in investment in broadband infrastructure will guarantee a 1.3 per cent increase in economic growth.” And the influential eLearning Africa Report, which was published last week, stresses that “if education is the key to everything, the key to the education of the future is infrastructure.” […]

The New Africa: African Solutions: Rapelang Rabana And Rekindle Learning

The eLearning Africa 2014 conference in Kampala / Uganda has been a gathering of true excellence. Promising young startups met experienced entrepreneurs, practitioners from the field of education met decision makers from business and government. The conference was a melting pot of sharing ideas and expertise, discussing challenges and solutions.TheNewAfrica will introduce some of the most interesting participants. Today it is Southafrican entrepreneur Rapelang Rabana, founder of Rekindle Learning, a company that provides adaptive mobile learning solutions. […]

human-ipo: African e-learning professionals confident about future – report

The eLearning Africa Report 2014 has confirmed African e-learning professionals are confident about the future. The report was launched at the recently held eLearning Africa conference at the Speke Conference Centre in Kampala, Uganda, by vice president Edward Ssekandi, who said Africans were highly optimistic. […]

Mail&Guardian South Africa: Africa to get its own Wikipedia

As a fourth-generation clan chief of a village in rural Cameroon, Gaston Donnat Bappa’s daily life is steeped in tradition.The 200 residents of the village have little if any access to electric power, phones, TV or radio – but the IT engineer, consultant and specialist has been immersed in the world of technology for the past three decades. Now Bappa, who insists tradition and modernity can be “collaborators”, is spearheading a project to create Africa’s answer to Wikipedia, in a bid to preserve the continent’s customs and beliefs. “I have tradition deep within me and I want it to be seen everywhere,” said the chief, wearing traditional robes and sitting behind a PC, after officially launching  the African Traditions Online Encyclopedia (Atoe) at last week’s eLearning Africa conference in Uganda. […]

eLearning AfricaNews Portal: Reflections on eLearning Africa 2014

The 9th eLearning Africa conference was by all accounts a success in bringing together a vast array of experts and change-makers in the eLearning industry. Over 1,500 participants and 300 speakers gathered for three days at the Speke Resort and Conference Centre in the Ugandan capital Kampala, set on the edge of magnificent Lake Victoria. […]

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