Fw: eLearning Africa 2007 News Service: Post-Conference edition (Jeff: Ghana news)
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Content 1. eLA 2007 Post-Conference Report Online Now 2. What Participants Say About eLearning Africa 2007 3. Ghana to Host eLearning Africa 2008 4. Coming up with Inventive Solutions - Solar PCs in Uganda 5. Progress Towards Development Targets Is Mixed, UN Finds 6. Harambee - Just Get Started! 7. Voices of Africa - Talking about African "Silver Surfers" 8. Shelter for Africa: Establishing a Radio Station for Distant Education 1. eLA 2007 Post-Conference Report Online Now 1406 participants from 88 countries attended eLearning Africa 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya. Over 77% of the participants were from African countries which reflects the vital interest in eLearning on the continent. It became clear that there exist a great diversity of approaches in dealing with the challenges of ICT deployment and education in the different regions. Read the post-conference report for more information ...
2. What Participants Say About eLearning Africa 2007 The conference was attended by eLearning experts from universities, schools, companies, the health sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engaged in capacity development and education, major development bodies, as well as by government representatives. Each participant arrived with different views, opinions and hopes - we asked some of them during the conference about their first and spontaneous impressions...
3. Ghana to Host eLearning Africa 2008 Ghana has made good progress in preparing the ground for further proceedings in eLearning, and eLearning Africa takes great pride in the country's willingness to host the next edition of the Conference in 2008. Delighted with the result of eLearning Africa 2007, Ghanaian presenters like Daniel Nettey, International Institute for Information Technology (INIIT), have already signalled their enthusiasm in contributing to the upcoming event: "eLearning Africa 2007 has been a step in the right direction for Africa. Keep up the good work, and you can count on my team anytime to assist in any way to bring ICT to a complete realization in the African continent."
eLearning Africa will convene again from May 28 - 30 2008 in Accra, Ghana, under the patronage of the Ghanaian Ministry of Education, Science and Sports.
4. Coming up with Inventive Solutions - Solar PCs in Uganda Thinking about the hardships many African PC users have to face, Uganda's ICT State Minister John Nsambu and his partners have been seeking inventive and sustainable solutions that go beyond merely buying expensive equipment. eLA editor Nina Wittrock asked him about his activities in the fields of cheap and energy saving PCs, as well as his ideas concerning Uganda's overall access to ICT technology.
5. Progress Towards Development Targets Is Mixed, UN Finds Halfway to the 2015 deadline, there has been clear progress towards implementing the Millennium Development Goals, a set of global commitments to lift millions of people out of extreme poverty. However, their overall success is still far from assured, a progress report by the United Nations has found.
6. Harambee - Just Get Started! In Kiswahili, Harambee means "Let's all pull together!" It was Kenya's first President, Jomo Kenyatta, who introduced an informal self-help movement based on this concept. His shouts of 'haaa-ramm-bee' motivated many people to undertake community action. eLearning Africa 2007 wanted to continue with the original idea - to provide conference attendants with a flexible, interesting, and hassle-free platform to get things started.
7. Voices of Africa - Talking about African "Silver Surfers" Abishag W. Waugombe, a retired Kenyan teacher, knows a lot about the needs and necessities of the elderly people in her community. Long committed to community work, she and her friends have made use of the Internet in a rather unique way. eLA's Nina Wittrock spoke with Ms. Waugombe about her experience and future plans regarding eLearning, story telling, and the delivery of cultural memory.
8. Shelter for Africa: Establishing a Radio Station for Distant Education Shelter for Africa, situated in Hamburg, Germany, is a non-government organisation that carries out non-profit projects for the people of the Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa. The foundation is currently in the process of establishing a new radio station in Freetown - 'Culture Radio' - to provide distance education programmes for people who would otherwise not be able to receive educational support. Young girls and boys without schools education and their families are addressed, as well as school dropouts and young illiterate adults.
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