Thank you to all of you who took part in the eLearning Africa 2013 Photo Competition by submitting a photo or voting for your favourite. We received many outstanding submissions from all over Africa and beyond illustrating tradition and innovation in ICT on the Continent. Following the jury's careful deliberations, we are delighted to announce the winners of the eLearning Africa 2013 Photo Competition!
The winning photos and those of the top 10 finalists will be exhibited at eLearning Africa 2013. In addition, photos from this year’s competition will be featured in the eLearning Africa 2013 Report, which will be launched at the conference.
To view all of this year’s photos, please click here.
At the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center, a local non-profit that helps vulnerable women from all over Somalia, a girl practices her typing skills on one of three computers available for students. Recent peace in Mogadishu has led to a dramatic rise in Internet connectivity and access to computers, driven especially by youth. Perched between the tattered ruins of a flattened landscape, the glow of wireless receiver antennas is gradually replacing the orange glow of stray bullets, bringing a new era of global connectivity and freedom of information to the city's estimated one million residents. Mogadishu, Somalia.
The students – from a rural community – have no access to computers in their homes and there is no power supply for the school ones. they finally earn enough money to hire a laptop and a generator in order to do their assignment and research during the weekends, sitting under the tree.
A proud Namibian Herero farmer uses the tablet skilfully and confidently, exploring the usefulness and usability of a Homestead creator application. the application was co-designed with fellow Herero elders in Omaheke and has now been adapted to the needs of local farmers, integrating indigenous practices with sustainable ecological models of husbandry. The photo was taken at a design and evaluation workshop in Eastern Namibia.
The photo portrays an intelligent young girl in a street shop in a ghetto community in Lagos, Nigeria. With Internet service on an iPad, she assists her mother by accessing available products online, thus helping improve her mother's small-scale business. this depicts the essence of technology's capacity to promote the growth of commerce and the empowerment of children in the community. It also demonstrates that age cannot be a barrier to learning and development in a modern digital era. Whatever the nature of economic hindrances, technology is a sure key to effective trade and societal development.