GIS - 28 September, 2017: The 12th edition of eLearning Africa, the largest and most comprehensive pan-African knowledge sharing event for technology-enhanced education and training, opened yesterday at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava.
The opening was held in presence of the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden; the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun; and other eminent personalities.
In his address, Minister Sawmynaden, highlighted the contribution of the ICT sector to the Gross Domestic Product of Mauritius while adding that the sector is poised to become the third pillar of the economy. African countries need to engage in ICT-driven training and education since it provides a roadmap for the socio-economic development of any country, he underlined.
The ICT Minister pointed out that according to the United Nations e-Government Survey 2016 and the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index, Mauritius is the top ranked country in the African continent. These indicators demonstrate that the performance of Mauritius on the technological front is commendable as it has democratised access to digital users to a considerable extent, he emphasised.
Minister Sawmynaden added that enhanced-digital literacy will help transform Mauritius into an inclusive high-income country providing equal educational opportunities to every child. The Schoolnet project, he underscored, will empower primary and secondary children and will ensure that they are exposed to internet connectivity.
He further highlighted that the event reflects the emergence of a bold Africa through new interventions in the world of ICT and is essential for fostering a modern educational workforce for the African continent, he added.
For her part, the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, underscored that the growing power of communication and technology will boost the education sector with improved performance of learners. As regards the constraints in the educational domains, the Minister urged African countries to invest in the ICT sector for long-lasting change in the educational landscape and socio-development of the country.
E-Learning Africa 2017
The two-day event regroups local and international stakeholders to discuss and share perspectives on learning and vocational training, equality and quality in education, skills and employability, health, agriculture, literacy, and governance. The theme for this year is Learning in Context.
The programme comprises keynotes, skill-building workshops, dynamic parallel sessions as well as presentations on latest innovations in the field of technology and education. The sessions will also address the importance of the local context for African schools, digital literacy and mobile learning.
On this occasion, an exhibition has been organised to showcase latest products and services of international exhibitors.
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