Upcoming eLearning Africa Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training

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eLearning Africa’s 2015 conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, between May 20 and May 22, 2015, will focus on the impact of ICTs for education on rural economies in Africa. This annual conference, held this year at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, is the largest annual conference in its field and is key for both governments and industry.

More than 70% of workers are farmers; the African Union political leaders consider ICTs critical in enhancing the agricultural sector and carrying out their 2063 Vision for ‘transforming’ the continent.

This year marks the 10th eLearning Africa Conference and will include a variety of distinguished speakers presenting on ICT-based trainings to address the challenges faced by the continent’s rural communities.

The following speakers will present:

  • Willis Ndeda Ochilo, CABI, presenting on the ‘Plantwise’ initiative, which uses an international online database to hold weekly clinics to support crop productivity;
  • Albert Yeboah Obeng, Foresight Generation Club, Ghana, on using online farmer association meetings and e-commerce for economic growth and more environmentally sustainable farming;
  • Creesen Naicker, MRP Foundation (of the Global Literacy Project), on the organization’s free educational programs for tablets, which have been used by rural communities in South Africa; and
  • Nathan Castillo, University of Pennsylvania, on the ‘Bridges to the Future Initiative,’ which offers culturally-relevant content in local languages to help those with those with learning difficulties, with a particular focus on the scalability of the initiative.

Source: PC Tech Magazine