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Africa Reads Flourishing Future with E-learning Projects!

Posted on by Leona Sharon

A young entrepreneur asks question on CAPEX Management sitting in Nigeria and his query is replied in a moment by an educator sitting in London. Cohorts of the Nigerian businessman across Asia, Africa and Europe express their view on the matter and the issue is resolved in an online forum. Yes, this is how the new age learners prefer understanding and acquiring knowledge. People, today, prefer studying via discussions, dialogues and debates. And we happily call it e-learning!

With top institutions and providers at disposal, people from developing regions now attain prestigious degrees at the comfort of home. The advent of internet and growing popularity of gadgets in those countries are the main reasons behind the transformation. Millions in African region, for example, are making significant progress with the help of fresh pedagogy. Their urge for knowledge is inspiring many big brands to implement fresh ideas into e-learning projects.

Some Appreciable Attempts for Example:

Archbishop launches E-Reader to Encourage Knowledge: To "promote electronic learning in dioceses in the Western Cape and at the Province's principal residential college for ordinands", the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) has launched a new e-reader project. This project aims to supply electronic readers or tablet computers to the project students to offer them access to webcast lectures from Bishopscourt and other venues. They will also be able to download readings as well as log into the electronic academic library resources.

"In the first phase of the project, students from College of the Transfiguration (COTT) and students and ordinary church members from four dioceses in the Western Cape will be covered", said The Revd Godfrey Walton, The Inaugural Director Of The Project. “In later phases, we plan to extend the project to cover the Church in the rest of southern Africa, and then to the whole continent,” adds he describing the extra-ordinary journey of the organization that started off with the foundation of the first bulletin board of the country.  

The Initiative Taken By For Made Impressive Statement: Fora.co is one more remarkable e-learning platform, educating ‘African students’ in partnership with leading universities, institutions and governments and offering affordable access to the best educational content online, offline and on mobile‘. It offers over 500 courses or course packs that comprise pre-built bundles of relevant digital learning resources that can be used as teaching or training aids in the classroom, Lab Exercises, Textbooks & required readings, Test banks, and Presentation Slide templates for lectures. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, chief executive officer at Fora.co, believes the major obstacle in Nigeria toward enlightenment is lack of proper educational resources. “We are still light years behind others countries. Nigerian e-learning content is often badly designed and instructional design for online courses still seems foreign to our e-learning content landscape. This is one of the reasons we have had to focus on selling foreign courses because the local courses we saw were quite simply not up to snuff”, he regrets.

Motorola Made Notable Investments to Change South African Education: Motorola too launched an e-learning project a few times back to offer educational help to the deprived students of the region. With an aim to boost affordable and flexible learning, the project assured access to free tablets for schools in the province, which will expend around US$215.072 million to execute successfully. Huawei Technologies took the responsibility of supplying nearly 88,000 tablets. “This project was launched in response to the dire need to improve and accelerate education throughout South Africa, particularly among disadvantaged communities where a lack of teachers, resources and funding is hindering their path to progress,” explains Ron Beyers, Ulwazi project leader.

African continent is one place that benefited most as phenomenal changes occurred into the academic systems. The increasing popularity of online platforms and projects has been truly inspiring. Reports say that the world witnessed a record growth rate in the world for self-paced e-learning products and services over the last few years which include packaged content, custom content development and learning platform services. The growth rate in general for self-paced e-learning in Africa is more than 15%. Senegal tops the list with the highest rate scoring more than 30%, followed by Kenya and Nigeria with a rate over 24% and 23% respectively.

Learning via internet is a phenomenal chapter in the history of education. The inflexibility of traditional education system that deprived a lot from knowledge has vanished with new the form. Now the system illuminates across physical, geographical, and financial barriers. It’s a godsend for the countries with meager resources or victim of political turbulence. 

 

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