Highly developed and quality presentations at eLearning Africa are set to focus on how important the ICTs are in developing and transforming the rural economies across Africa by expanding access to training and education. eLearning Africa is the leading conference technology for education and development in Africa.
Currently, more than 70 per cent of the African workforce are engaged in farming and the ICTs can play a significant role to boost agricultural development. The African Union has identified this as a crucial factor in turning their 2063 Vision of developing a “transformed continent” into a reality. Many African political leaders have defined the subject as “critical” and they believe that it will be one of the issue that will be widely discussed at the conference in a roundtable meeting for education and technology ministers.
eLearning Africa will demonstrate a series of high-level presentations regarding new training-based solutions that can help the rural and farming communities of Africa to face come of the most serious challenges.
Some of the prominent presenters at the conference include –
Willis Ndeda Ochilo of CABI, who is a prominent agricultural entomologist. He will define how the ‘Plantwise’ initiative from CABI is supporting to boost the productivity of various agricultural crops. The initiative is currently organising weekly plant clinics aided by an online database which provides easy access to international expertise.
Ghana national Albert Yeboah Obeng from Foresight Generation Club will talk about the contribution of various new initiatives, like agricultural e-commerce and online farmer association meetings. He will focus on how these can help in economic development, provide support to expand environmentally friendly farming practices and improving resilience to different climate change effects.
Creesen Naicker from the MRP Foundation, a section of the Global Literacy Project, will discuss and demonstrate the benefits of tablet-based free learning platforms which his company is offering to deprived rural populations in various regions of South Africa, like Kwa Zulu Natal.
Nathan Castillo of the University of Pennsylvania will talk about the effects of offering high-quality culturally contextualised digital content in vernacular languages to struggling learners via the ‘ Bridges to the Future Initiative’. Castillo said “If proven successful the programme will be scaled up to other low performing provinces and then throughout the entire country as a means of improving the quality of early literacy learning that takes place in the most marginalised environments.”
A unique opportunity
eLearning Africa 2015, which will be hosted by the Government of Ethiopia and organised by the African Union, aims to offer a platform to bring policymakers, professionals and practitioners together who can support in designing, developing, implementing, funding and supervising learning in Africa. The leading African conference on technology-enabled learning will enter its 10th year and has already attracted over 1,400 participants from more than 90 countries. It is an exciting and innovative platform that offers an excellent opportunity to discuss about the existing challenges and new initiatives in education.
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