Our podcast series brought to you by Rob Vember, brings together eLearning Africa's experts with our community of African education, training and technology professionals to discuss issues affecting learning and training across Africa today.
We've developed this series from the ground to help sector professionals respond to a time of exceptional change.
Tune in every month for fresh perspectives, new solutions and advice from digital learning and ICT experts and leading practitioners on the challenges faced by African education and training professionals. Get to know the stories, experiences and motivators behind these leading voices.
Join us for the latest eLearning Africa Podcast - In Conversation with Mark West. Chatting with Rob Vember, Mark provides a sobering assessment of how the world has fared regarding education during the Covid-19 pandemic. Describing it as a story of "exclusion, heightened inequities, diminished learning, and diminished educational experiences". West acknowledges the need to look at how educational technologies can improve learning and efficiencies but emphasises the fundamental need for providers of education to look at how they can contribute to the holistic wellbeing of learners. Mark shares Unesco's ideas on how to better centre society's most marginalised, advocates for more online public spaces for public education, and emphasises the need for creativity and pedagogical innovation about how to use the strengths of the digital space to improve teaching and learning.
Join us for the latest eLearning Africa Podcast – In Conversation with Professor Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe. Chatting with Rob Vember, Sozinho argues the challenge now that Africa has been liberated is to free the minds of its people, arguing we should see languages as an asset, not as a liability of any kind. He calls for linguistic equity and talks about his efforts towards achieving that goal by making "the if possible", possible, during his tenure as Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), the official language agency of the African Union. In the conversation he discusses misinformation and disinformation around Covid-19. While communication is part of the problem Sozinho says it takes us to a much broader issue of the interplay between language and development, his main focal area. Find out why "You can't kill hunger with foods cooked in borrowed pots" or why "You can't lick an empty hand". In addition to the many metaphors he employs, he shares why Mother tongue based education or bilingual education, shouldn't be seen as a way to solve pedagogical problems.
Join us for the latest eLearning Africa Podcast – In Conversation with Barbara Moser-Mercer, professor emerita and founder of InZone, a programme of the University of Geneva, which pioneers innovative approaches to higher education in communities affected by conflict and humanitarian crisis. Moser-Mercer is visiting professor at the University of Nairobi, engaged in strengthening African solutions that advance higher education in emergencies (HEiE) and currently coordinating the launch phase of the African Higher Education in Emergencies Network (AHEEN). Chatting with Rob Vember, the former Fulbright scholar spoke passionately of the importance of a human centred approach to technological advancements, and warned of the risk in pushing for more technology. She explains why she believes the digital divide is so serious, and shares about her work in Africa, specifically talking about higher education in forced displacement contexts, explaining why it requires a utilitarian approach to education, a stance she would not ordinarily take.