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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

eLearning Africa Press Release : Mulungushi Conference

Press Release by eLearning Africa (April 6, 2010) :

eLearning Africa 2010
5th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training
May 26 - 28, 2010
Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka, Zambia

eLearning Africa: Will Africa Learn by Mobile Phone or by Computer?

Berlin, Germany. Lusaka, Zambia. Teachers and technologists gathering at the eLearning Africa 2010 conference in Zambia will be debating a billion dollar question, attempting to work out whether future African students will learn from the telephones in their pockets or from the laptops in their classrooms.

The African continent stunned the world by leapfrogging several stages of traditional
telecommunications development and a third of all African citizens are now mobile phone subscribers. Some debaters at eLearning Africa 2010 will argue that the existence of these millions of mobile phones means it may no longer be cost-effective to use scarce resources to install laptop and desktop computers in schools. Despite some huge investments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in most African states, the millions of mobile telephones now in private hands may provide the best gateway to learning for the school children, students, apprentices and technicians of the new Africa.

The eLearning Africa Debate will be held at the 2010 conference in Lusaka, Zambia, between May 26th and May 28th.

Conference participants will find that "eWaste management", "eInclusion", "eHealth" and "Green IT" are high on the agenda. For the last five years eLearning Africa has spread technology-enhanced learning and training throughout the continent and demonstrated best practice examples of eLearning and technology-enhanced learning. There will be special events on "speed networking" and the "Insaka" sessions which are named after the Bemba word for a meeting place and feature delegates exchanging knowledge and new ideas.

International organisations including the African Virtual University, the World Bank Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme will join grassroots non-governmental organisations to enrich the conference programme with presentations about the work of battling illiteracy in Southern Africa, promoting gender equality in Mali and encouraging participatory communication in East African refugee camps.

After a successful political discussion on eLearning in post-conflict situations at last year's Senegal conference, the role of ICT in building a peaceful and stable society will be discussed in Lusaka this year.

There is more information at

The eLearning Africa Network

eLearning Africa is the largest pan-African conference on ICTs for education and training, a key networking event for investors, experts in education and providers of education and training in Africa. The conference is accompanied by an exhibition and demonstration area where leading international eLearning manufacturers, suppliers and service providers present their latest products and services. More than 1,500 education professionals from around the world are expected at this year's eLearning Africa. The conference is held in English and French.

Notes for Editors

eLearning Africa, 5th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training
May 26 - 28, 2010
Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka, Zambia
Organisers: ICWE GmbH,
Contact: ICWE GmbH,,
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0

Press Contact

Ms Beate Kleessen & Ms Franziska Steiger
Tel.: +49 30 310 18 18-0,

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  1. registration is poorly done. we (students from Zambia Institute of Special Education)are just waiting for a feed back on how to register since 8hrs this morning but all in vain. Can someone out there tell us what to do than just sitting aim lessly like robots? we are now hungry- ISAAC MWANSA, MARY NAMWAWA,BENNEDATTE BWALYA (SR. REPLY THROUGH MY E-MAIL ADDRESS

  2. Institutions and organizations in Africa are also facing the challenges in the use of e-learning. Most African countries have difficulty of providing adequate faculty training, and still have weak identity due to poor broadband penetration.


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