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A NEW PURPOSE FOR EDUCATION

While Sub-Saharan Africa is still trying to meet its SDG 2030 commitments, the global health and economic crisis is reshaping all aspects of our lives. It has affected all countries, all economic sectors and all organisations. What will the world be like after Covid?

As governments try to predict the length and depth of the crisis, the situation has brought many changes, some of which will be permanent. Education, which will affect both population levels and economic growth, will be the difference between future success and disaster.

In this context, is technology the answer? Yes and no. Digital education alone is not enough. The demands of this ‘new normal’ will require us to give education a new purpose, driven by adaptability and resilience, in order to build a unique and sustainable vision for African education.

The key to the future is an African agenda that ensures decisions are taken in an African context and with an emphasis on African priorities. African experience and African traditions, such as ‘ubuntu’, will enjoy a new relevance. Equally, African ideas of community and partnership with nature could soon mean that Africa is increasingly recognised as a resource of knowledge, experience and education for the whole world.

So, with the theme of ‘A New Purpose for Education’, eLA 2022 will be looking at a range of issues, including:

  • the specific, practical challenges facing African countries
  • the suitability of global models in the African context
  • the importance of redirecting education to what are likely to be African countries' future needs
  • the use of technology in enabling African countries to respond to their specific needs in context
  • the development of a single African market and the consequent opportunities and requirements of employers
  • the contribution Africa can make to global learning and to providing African experience to solving global problems

We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to take part in the discussion and get involved in Africa’s largest and longest-standing conference and exhibition on technology-assisted learning.

Subthemes

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  • 1. Digital technologies applied to redesign the classroom
  • 2. Improving schools' management and administration through digital technologies
  • 3. Using technology to increase learner engagement and reduce drop-out
  • 4. Igniting STEM passion for all
  • 5. Research and innovation in universities: successful case studies and strategies
  • 6. Fostering collaboration between teachers, parents and students
  • 7. Enhancing knowledge sharing about local, regional and national best practices - Cross-national and cross-regional initiatives
  • 8. Shaping policies on innovation in education
  • 1. How to choose the digital tools that best suit your needs
  • 2. How to create good digital content
  • 3. How to design learning experiences to maximise students' engagement
  • 4. How to assess online? How to hold blended exams
  • 5. How to run or mix synchronous/asynchronous classes
  • 6. How to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in learning scenarios
  • 1. Initial teacher education: designing programmes for digital teachers
  • 2. Improving teachers' performance, motivation and engagement through continuing professional development
  • 3. Boosting teachers' digital literacy
  • 4. Successful technology-enhanced teaching methodologies
  • 5. Communities of practice for supporting teachers in a digital world
  • 6. Teachers, middle management and school principals upskilling
  • 1. Redesigning curricula for the new post-pandemic reality
  • 2. Access, curation and selection of educational resources
  • 3. Using open source, open educational resources (OERs) and MOOCs
  • 4. African developed content: African knowledge & African languages for relevance and motivation
  • 5. e-Assessment and certification – key actions, tools and best practices

  • 1. Mobile education: mobile learning and educational apps as effective tools
  • 2. Making the most of educational and collaborative platforms
  • 3. Gamification and immersive learning (AR, VR, MR)
  • 4. The impact of educational videos
  • 5. Teaching coding, robotics and other relevant IT skills to prepare youth for the digital era
  • 1. Investing in early-age literacy and numeracy skills
  • 2. TVET: focus on skills for employability
  • 3. Youth employment: best practices in a new era
  • 4. Digital development of soft skills: critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, initiative, persuasion, resilience, leadership and communication
  • 1. Connectivity: 'off-the-power' solutions
  • 2. Improving access for women and girls
  • 3. Ensuring education for all: marginalised groups, special needs education, remote areas, adult groups and the impact of conflict
  • 4. Blockers and boosters in early childhood education
  • 5. Remote areas: remote teaching, low-cost robust solutions and relevant resources for all
  • 6. Holistic approach to lifelong learning
  • 7. Role of the private sector in education: social impact programmes
  • 1. Leadership: Managing remote workers
  • 2. Planning and building learning strategies within your organisation
  • 3. Providing digital skills to prepare digitally competent employees
  • 4. Digital training methods to improve performance in the workplace
  • 5. Supporting Africa's Leading Sector Development: agriculture, the blue economy, health, security, finance, tourism & hospitality, natural resources
  • 6. Best practices of university-industry collaboration
  • 1. Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment
  • 2. Being an entrepreneur in Africa: challenges and best practices
  • 3. Start-ups: building successful EdTech businesses
  • 4. Sustainability of start-ups: helping growing businesses to survive
  • 5. Investors and public-private partnerships
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