Africa in the era of connected education

Africa is no slouch when it comes to technology in education. In May, Namibia will host the 8th eLearning Africa conference. During this time, the body One Laptop per Child continues to distribute XO laptops on the continent, which is expected to see lower Internet access prices thanks to new submarine cables.

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Africa is no slouch when it comes to technology in education. Next May, Namibia will host the 8e eLearning Africa conference. During this time, the body One Laptop per Child continues to distribute XO laptops on the continent, which is expected to see lower Internet access prices thanks to new submarine cables.

Internet access is still very difficult in several African countries. It must be said that the prices for a subscription are among the highest in the world while the incomes of the inhabitants are among the lowest.

Nevertheless, educational technologies are not totally absent. From May 29 to 31, the eighth eLearning Africa Conference will take place in Windhoek, Namibia, under the themes of tradition, change and innovation. The event describes itself as the “largest gathering dedicated to capacity development in the sector of education and training enhanced by information and communication technologies in Africa”. More than 1500 participants are expected. We can TP submit a conference proposal until January 11, 2013.

Several educational technology initiatives are emerging across Africa. Among these, the organization One Laptop per Child distributed nearly 127,000 XO laptops to young African students, including 110,000 in Rwanda.

Soon more Internet users

Currently, less than 1 TP1T of African households have an Internet subscription at home, reminds us Eric-Normand Thibeault, PhD student at Paris Descartes University. The majority of Internet users browse cyberspace from public places, such as cybercafés. The most connected countries are those of the Maghreb. Moreover, it is in Morocco that we would find the most Internet users, with one resident in two who frequents the Web.

Fortunately, Internet access should improve in the short term. The commissioning of new submarine cables should allow at least price reductions estimated at between 10 % and 20 % within a year and a half, according to Mr. Thibeault.

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Nathalie Côté
Nathalie Cote
Nathalie is a journalist. His favorite themes are family, education, health, consumption, the environment and social phenomena. She contributes in particular to the newspaper La Presse.

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