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New UNESCO Report “The hidden crisis: armed conflict and education”

UNESCO has released the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report, ‘The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education.’ This report analyses the devastating effects of conflict on education.

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Mobile learning to ensure Education For All in South Africa

UNESCO and Nokia have signed an agreement on October 20, 2010 to promote the use of mobile technologies to further the objectives of Education For All. Initially, Nokia will contribute between five and ten million Euros.

Mobile phones – now almost ubiquitous amongst secondary school pupils – provide new and exciting opportunities to support and develop learning and teaching. The Mobile Learning for Mathematics project in South Africa is a great example of the benefits mobile technology can bring to education.

The Mobile Learning for Mathematics project is a public-private partnership.

To read more go to Nokia Coversations by Clicking Here!

University of Pretoria joins World Digital Library Project

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services has joined the World Digital Library Project, making it one of the 27 institutions in the world and the only one in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to belong to this project.
Proposed in 2005 by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Digital Library project will make available on the Internet significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.
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For more information regarding the World Digital Library project, please visit http://www.worlddigitallibrary.org/project/english/index.html

Survey of e-Learning in Africa

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair in ICT for Development recently released their Survey of e-Learning in Africa. This report summarises information about the status of e-learning in Africa based on 316 responses to a questionnaire circulated in 2007 to people on the e-Learning Africa database. Respondents to the survey were from 42 different African countries, with Kenya (15%), South Africa (12%), Nigeria (11%), Ethiopia (9%) and Uganda (8%) furnishing most respondents.

These respondents provided a wide variety of information about their e-learning practices, and it is difficult to draw overarching generalisations based on the evidence provided. Nevertheless, three main conclusions can be drawn: 

  • there is a wide variety of different e-learning practices in Africa;  
  • e-learning is still very much in its infancy across most of the continent;  
  • there is much enthusiasm amongst respondents for developing the potential of e-learning in their countries.

    Click Here to read the Survey!