e-learning plans for Africa

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Africa University develops e-learning plans, officials say, by Sharai Nondo, program assistant in Africa University’s Information and Public Affairs Office, Nov. 13, 2006, MAPUTO, Mozambique (UMNS) – Africa University is on an e-learning threshold to become the pan-African institution it was created to be, school officials told United Methodist bishops.

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“We face the usual challenges of lack of requisite infrastructure, access to computers and connectivity,” she added. “This cannot deter us from our goal of setting up distance learning.”

Connectivity, however, remains a major challenge in Africa, with governments giving their major priorities to basic provision of health care, water and sanitation and education. Information technologies also are facing strict regulatory controls, she said.

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During an Oct. 30-31 session on a holistic strategy for Africa, the continent’s United Methodist bishops spoke of the need for translation of any content into Portuguese and French to cater to the diverse needs of people using those languages.

Ken Yamada, a Higher Education and Ministry staff person, said Africa University was designed to serve the entire continent of Africa. In order to do that, “it was important to devise a strategy whereby the university would go to the people” through satellite campuses in different locales, he explained. (Read the whole article on wfn world faith news).

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