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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Interview with Managing Director of E-learning Africa by David. R. Suaza

eLearning Africa, the Continent’s premier annual conference on ICT-enhanced learning and which this year is hosted by Tanzania, will once again be showcasing a wealth of proposals that promise to stimulate thought and discussion. Rebecca Stromeyer, the Managing Director, dedicated some time to us to explain the purpose of this huge project.

StarAfrica: Could you please introduce eLearning Africa?

 Rebecca Beates says, "E-Learning Africa was launched six years ago and has established itself as the most comprehensive conference on ICT-supported education and training on the African continent. We move to a different country each year, and we offer a rich program of workshops, sessions and best-practice demonstrations in English and French, covering all aspects of eLearning.

The main idea is to bring together a wide variety of stakeholders from all professions and sectors, be it teaching, healthcare, agriculture, banking or academia, to learn, share and network. Everyone is invited to connect and get engaged in the debates - teachers or students, ministers or government officials, university researchers or business people, training and development specialists or technology providers. Important international organisations such as UNESCO-UNEVOC, development agencies and universities are represented - but also grassroots associations. Multinational companies such as Microsoft or IBM present their solutions to education and training next to local exhibitors.

Participant figures have more than doubled - from around 800 at the debut event in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, in 2006 to around 1300 delegates in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 2011. And we are very proud to have 70 to 80 percent African participation. Only proposals with relevance to Africa are accepted.
People tell us that they leave the conference with fresh stimuli and new ideas - and plenty of valuable contacts and business cards."