Uganda to Host E-Learning Meeting for Africa

Uganda will host the 9th E -Learning African conferences on information and communication Technology for the development, Education and training.

The meeting which is scheduled to commence on the 28th – 30th May in Kampala, Uganda at the common wealth resort Speke Hotel Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria, will explore how technology revolutionizing learning and training across the continent can led to the improvement in the trainings being conducted by the various training institutions in Africa , the eLearning Africa 2014 will bring together policy experts, educational professionals and business leaders to tackle this and other topics.

Hosted by the Republic of Uganda, the conference’s wide-ranging plenaries, sessions and exhibitions will showcase the inspiring stories, innovations and research that make up today’s complex picture of ICT for development, education and training in Africa.

The E-Learning conference will run under the theme “Opening Frontiers to the Future” the meeting is predictable to bring together about 1500 ICT technologist and Educational specialists across the continent

. “Many African countries are seeking to spread their economies and stimulate sectors such as tourism and finance, but skills shortages are preventing them E-Learning will allow more and more African countries to easily train the next generation of in-demand workers”. Says Rebecca Stromeyer, founder of eLearning African in the press statement

Iyadunni Olubode, Executive Director of Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP), and keynote speaker in the upcoming at eLearning Africa 2014, emphasizes the role that using technology to support learning can play vital role towards equipping the teenagers with quality skills: “eLearning tools, including audio and video, are critical in reaching the Continent’s teeming population”.

LEAP is among the sponsors of the meeting in conjunction with the Government of Uganda

Dr Bitange Ndemo former permanent Secretary in the Ministry of information and communication in Kenya and also key note speaker in the 2014 e-Learning conference said with the development of E-skills this can help in the fighting of unemployment among the African countries

: “We have spent many years trying to focus on theory and hoping that it will translate to skills. This is a false belief. Countries that are successful have a g skills development programme. In Kenya whilst there are many jobs, there is widespread unemployment because the youth lack the skills” he explained

Bitange observed that such social challenges can be solved if on-line content in all trades, including soft skills, is widely accessible. He noted that many youth are known to shun vocational training in favors of nonexistent white collar jobs. Thus the need to encourage the youth to take up blue collar skills that offer many opportunities for training.

E-leaning is now considered as the most effective way of reducing costs incurred during training of students and also lowers the cost of transport on the side of students however most African Countries have not exploited such Aantages Associated with E-learning because the ICT sector in most African Countries it is not yet developed to enable training institutions offer trainings on online like it’s in developed countries in Europe and Asia

ICT is now looked as the engine which can drive the African Economy to prosper many Economist urges that with the fully fledged developed ICT sector in the Economy this can lower the cost of doing business

Source : East African Business Week

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