Rwanda is set to play host to eLearning Africa 2018 from 26 – 28 September in the capital city, Kigali, which has gained a reputation for its ICT-based initiatives in a variety of sectors.
The conference, which is being jointly organised by ICWE GmbH and the Rwanda Convention Bureau under the patronage of the Rwandan Government, usually attracts well over 1,000 participants from all over the world.
“It is wonderful that Rwanda is now setting a real example for other countries in technology-assisted learning and hosting a conference whose theme is “Uniting Africa”. “I am confident that eLearning Africa 2018 in Rwanda will be the biggest and most exciting eLA yet.”
Rebecca Stromeyer, eLA Conference Organizer
“It is wonderful that Rwanda is now setting a real example for other countries in technology-assisted learning and hosting a conference whose theme is “Uniting Africa“, says conference organiser, Rebecca Stromeyer. “I am confident that eLearning Africa 2018 in Rwanda will be the biggest and most exciting eLA yet.”
In Rwanda, participants in eLearning Africa will have a chance to see for themselves the achievements of an African Government, which has set about using technology to transform education. In 2014, the Government signed an agreement to incorporate information and communication technology into the country’s schools and colleges.
The benefits of “a new system of teaching that emphasizes the use of computers and internet to impart knowledge” are already starting to be felt across the country. And now the Government is confident that by 2020 all schools in the country will have at least two smart classrooms and all subjects will have been digitised.
In addition to its technological prowess, Kigali is also one of Africa’s most attractive cities – eLearning Africa participants will be able to take advantage of its bustling streets, ridges, valleys, and lush hillsides, not to mention Rwanda’s world renowned Gorilla trekking tours, only a short journey away.
Under the overall theme of “Uniting Africa”, conference participants will discuss how the benefits of technology can be shared and help to improve education across Africa, making a reality of the African Union’s 2063 Vision of a “transformed continent.”
Already, a call for papers has been issued and will remain open until 30 January 2018. The organisers are looking for contributions on subjects including “creating opportunities through education,” “boosting competitiveness and ICT-centric growth,” “matching skills demand and supply,” and “overcoming barriers.”