The 11th E-Learning Africa Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training jointly organized by the Egyptian Government, Oracle, African Union amongst other reputable global institutions took place from May 24 – 26, 2016 in Cairo, Egypt ; with me being one of the keynote speakers at this event to lead the Discussion on “Restarting Africa’s Education through Tech with Innovation and a Digital Revolution”.
I spoke on the basis of my experience as Founder of Passnownow.com – an internet website that provides free, accessible, and easy-to-use educational content for secondary school students in Nigeria – on how technology innovations can be successfully used to provide access to high quality education to students across Africa, especially the educationally under-served. Beyond talk, I showed “how numbers support such assertions, based on metrics from four years of continuous operation.” with Passnownow.com itself owning its space as one of the most prominent and reliable online education destinations on the Continent.
Such is the objective of the conference, which remains the largest gathering of e-learning and ICT-supported education professionals in Africa, and aims to facilitate networking between practitioners and professionals.
In this vein, the conference played host to other keynote speakers drawn from across Africa with varied strengths and experiences. Included, though not limited to this list are Foster Ofosu, Knowledge and Capacity Development Specialist at the African Development Bank, Toby Shapshak, from South Africa, who has written and spoken on media platforms like CNN, Forbes and SXSW, H.E. Yasser Elkady, the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology and HE Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim, the African Union Commissioner for Energy and Infrastructure.
Following the report from last year’s conference, which showed how participants were helped to map the pace of change in technology use on the continent, and how their unique contributions can accelerate that upward momentum; this year’s conference, aptly themed “Making Visions Reality” sought to achieve much more.
By bringing together decision makers and practitioners from across the education, business and public sectors, the conference arrived at resolutions that will help make participants take action on all the themes of the conference within their respective spheres of influence, while also acting as evangelists of E Learning and Education Technology.
And in reaching out to Africa’s youth in this way – through access to education and empowerment driven by innovative technology – I desire to see “how like a stone dropped into a placid lake, the ripples of change will spread.”