Berlin (GER), September 2018 - Speakers at this year’s eLearning Africa include Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, who established some of Africa's first internet connections; Dr Martin Dougiamas, the founder of the open source learning platform Moodle; Elliott Masie, founder of the Masie Center and Chair of the Learning Consortium; Dr Bitange Ndemo of the University of Nairobi; and academic, anti-apartheid campaigner and entrepreneur, Dr Mamphela Ramphele.
They will be among hundreds of experts gathering to discuss the main conference theme "Uniting Africa" and looking at how technology can break down barriers, enabling Africans to share knowledge, learn, and prepare for the future together.
"We are in a period of major change," says conference organiser, Rebecca Stromeyer. "The world is heading into a 'fourth industrial revolution,' according to some commentators. It's a big opportunity for Africa to leapfrog its competitors. Africa has the advantage of having the youngest population on Earth. It is full of opportunity and promise. However, in order to seize the opportunity, Africans must come together and ensure that the whole continent is fit for the future. This means sharing knowledge and experience, breaking down barriers to communication, opening up access, supporting diversity, and giving all Africans a chance to learn and acquire the skills they need to succeed.
"This edition of eLearning Africa will be really rewarding for all our participants. We have got some of the best known authorities on eLearning coming, along with some of the EdTech industry's most successful entrepreneurs. They'll be joined by analysts, technologists, administrators, political decision makers, and investors. eLearning Africa really is a place where experience meets opportunity and innovation."
eLearning Africa, which is accompanied by a major exhibition of new products, services, and courses, as well as a day-long roundtable meeting of African ministers of education and ICT, has established a reputation as one of Africa's most exciting, challenging, and rewarding conferences.
"eLearning Africa is a pure inspiration," says Charles Senkondo, Executive Director of Tanzania's Global Learning Agency. "I have been coming to these conferences since the very beginning, and I have seen how the eLearning Africa network has been built, how it has brought people together, and how it has helped to bring some really positive changes within individuals, organizations, governments, and the region as well. The discussions we'll be having in Rwanda are very important: they're all about how we turn African dreams into reality. Technology and education are right at the heart of that process."
eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT supported education, training, and skills development in Africa and brings together high-level policy makers, decision makers, and practitioners from education, business, and government. Over 12 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 16,228 participants from 100+ countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,300 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology enhanced education and skills development. Serving as a pan-African platform, the eLearning Africa conference is a must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities.
eLearning Africa 2018 - 13th International Conference & Exhibition on ICT for Education, Training and Skills Development
26 - 28 September 2018
Kigali Convention Centre