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Date: Oct 26 – 28, 2021

The eLearning Africa Virtual Exchanges are a new opportunity to inform, be informed, network and make connections.

The eLearning Africa Cybersecurity Virtual Exchange links professionals and decision makers in the African education and training sector with global cyber and data security solution providers and experts.

Platinum Partners

lecturio BRAAHMAM

Premium Partner




Introducing stakeholders from across the African education and training spectrum to global cyber and data security solution providers and experts, our Virtual Exchange is open to professionals working in the following education and training sectors: Primary and Secondary Education, Tertiary Education, Vocational Training, Health Education and, Workplace Learning and Development. Participants include government ministers, business leaders, policy directors, institutional decision makers and representatives from schools, training institutions, universities, education and training stakeholder groups, businesses, NGOs, IGOs and many more.

The digital transformation of Africa has been gathering speed. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption for education and training institutions and organisations, forcing them to take bold steps in digital education, integrating online learning and EdTech solutions into their education and training delivery.

However, this creates new risks.

As personal computers and smartphones have become both more sophisticated and more integrated into the education system, so has the importance of protecting these devices, their users and the valuable data on them. The cost of being a victim of cybercrime has never been higher.

In spite of the rapid advancement of technological change, the weakest link in cybersecurity has remained the same over the years and the pandemic has heightened the risk of cyber attacks.

The eLearning Africa Cybersecurity Virtual Exchange highlights services, systems, technologies, methods and tools that are available to enhance online security in education and training.

Featuring cybersecurity solutions that will protect you, your organisation, your students and your data, this Virtual Exchange will highlight solutions that minimise the risk of a human error and improve the security of your devices and network.

The eLearning Africa Cybersecurity Virtual Exchange is a high level networking opportunity and the connections participants make will prove their value time and time again. Like all our Virtual Exchanges, it will put people, ideas, practices and technologies together in a multi-faceted online forum.

  • Hear from solution providers about effective measures to protect yourself and your data online.
  • Engage in thought provoking webinars and workshops that cover cybersecurity topics that will broaden your understanding on this increasingly relevant topic.
  • Discuss challenges and developments with your peers and solution providers to gain valuable insight into the difficulties of being secure online.
  • Forge lasting relationships in a region and a sector where personal relationships are so crucial (connections made at our exchanges prove their value time and time again!).

This event highlights the many initiatives and tools that are available to enable individuals and institutions in the education industry to protect themselves, in order to continue providing quality education online.

The eLearning Africa Virtual Exchanges are a:

  • cost-effective opportunity to engage with decision makers across the education, training and cybersecurity sector in a region where personal relationships are crucial.
  • way to maintain market visibility and develop partnership and collaboration with African decision makers at a time when travel is challenging.
  • chance to grow an immediate network of professional leads and link automatically with them via social media.
  • leading virtual meeting and engagement platform, seamlessly combining live sessions and workshops, community discussions, live 1-to-1 video meetings, text chats, informal networking spaces, virtual meet-ups, video presentations and on-demand webinars.

The eLearning Africa Virtual Exchange platform strengthens relationships and peer-to-peer engagement amongst professionals. Participants with similar interests can find each other and schedule one-on-one meetings, thanks to the platform's special matchmaking feature.

And the platform's unique social feature means that participants can join discussions on the Community Board, create new conversation topics and position themselves as market leaders and reliable, knowledgeable partners.

The platform's aim is to facilitate a meaningful exchange between practitioners, decision makers, prospective partners and solution providers. It provides an outstanding opportunity to gain an understanding of the latest trends and best practice in cybersecurity and the different offers, products, platforms and solutions that are available in the market, giving you the reliable, first-hand information you need to make the right connections and decisions for yourself and your organisation / institution.

You can register here.

If you would like to receive more information on how to become a partner, please send an email to



Tuesday October 26th

10:00 – 10:30 GMT/UTC

Why is Cyber Risk Management so Hard?

Richard Knowlton, Oxford Cyber Academy, United Kingdom

We live in a time of unprecedented political, cultural, social and climatic dangers. Hostile states and criminals are using cyber-tools to make each of these current issues even more intractable. Around a 100 countries are now actively involved in “cyber operations” that include espionage, political influence, sabotage and extortion. The international community has made some progress at the UN, but it has been painfully slow. Matters are made worse because the border between state cyber operations and criminal activity is increasingly blurred. Unfortunately this means that the ‘bad guys’ will very often succeed. We all need to work hard to maximise our chances of keeping them out. We also need to ensure that we have adequate resilience, so that we can continue to function even if they penetrate our defences

12:00 – 12:45 GMT/UTC

Developing Indigenous African Cybersecurity Expertise: Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities

Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, African Union Cyber Security Expert Group, Nigeria

14:00 – 15:00 GMT/UTC

Purpose Based Education for a Purpose Based Life

Ferhana Dostmohamed, FD Learning Consulting Inc, Canada

What would our lives look like to today if we were able to explore our purpose and align with it instead of being shaped by societal norms and trends early in our lives? How can we weave purpose into our education systems to give the students tools to build lives which are meaningful to them?

Join me as we explore together how we can introduce purpose into our education system. What would it look like? What old systems and thinking would we need to change? What else should we consider?

This will be an interactive, thinking and sharing session as we create a new paradigm. Come prepared to share your ideas.

Wednesday October 27th

08:00 – 08:45 GMT/UTC

Why Cyber safety is not an add-on - Assisting students to being safe online (K-12)

Karen Walstra, Karen Walstra Consulting, South Africa

In this interactive presentation, thoughts and ideas will be shared to inform school leaders and teachers about online safety for their students, and recommendations to inform their students about personal information, internet safety, cyberbullying, sexting and cyber wellness. Topics that will be covered:

  • The long term digital consequences to actions
  • Encouraging ideas about how to report inappropriate information
  • Encouraging students to be responsible digital citizens and to have a positive digital footprint
  • Remove the fear and find the positives
  • Create an awareness of the multidisciplinary nature of cyber awareness in all subjects
  • Examples of cyber safety resources

Karen Ann Walstra is a passionate independent educational consultant, who promotes creative and critical thinking, incorporating digital tools and pedagogy, to address educational and learning transformation, assisting schools to adapt to change. She presently works with individual schools and educational organisations exploring strategic thinking, long-term planning and educational change related to future technologies. From, a successful twenty-nine-year career as a classroom teacher to Gr. R-11, and as a Director of Academics. She coordinated, developed and trained on large scale outreach programmes namely St Stithians College’s Thandulwazi Teacher and Leader Development Programme from 2005-2015, was Acting Head of the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy from Aug. 2017-July. 2018, as well as the trainer and content developer of Click Foundation’s Learner Reading project from 2012-2015. She worked for Google from 2014 to April 2017 within the emerging markets “Education Go Digital” and Chrome OS Teams, both globally and across Sub-Saharan Africa. During 2017 to 2019 she also lectured part-time at the University of Pretoria She holds a Masters in Education, from the University of the Witwatersrand, focusing on Educational Technology. She is an accredited Education, Training and Development Assessor and Moderator. She is a PhD candidate, researching Virtual Reality in Education. She has presented at many local and international conferences on both Educational Technology and Design and Technology. She is an author. She is a teacher at heart, wanting to see effective educational transformation.

10:00 – 11:00 GMT/UTC

eLearning Edtech & Cyber security

Dayn Amade, CEO and Founder of Kamaleon and Fundação Tablet Comunitário, Mozambique

eLearning Methodology in Digital Divide Rural Communities and Remote Area Context including Persons who have Disabilities and are Digital Illiterate

This session will discuss cyber governance responsibilities of boards of directors and senior executives. Managing cyber risk is no longer something that can be covered with interesting questions from directors and general presentations from the CIO a couple of times a year. There is now an ISO standard on governance of information security and increasing legal compliance requirements that set forth specific responsibilities of directors and officers. This session will address how boards and executives can meet their fiduciary duties for cyber risk management, how to establish a governance framework, and the board's role in incident response.

Thursday October 28th

08:00 – 08:45 GMT/UTC

Addressing the Challenges of Post-Covid Cybersecurity at Universities

Kenneth Okereafor, National Health Insurance Scheme, Nigeria

Universities are targets for cyberattacks because their academic and research data are vulnerable and valuable. Cyberattacks pose a serious threat to universities' reputation and safety, and also impose risks upon students' data and the digital systems that process them. With the global shift to online technologies due to COVID, the vulnerabilities have increased significantly as attackers use phishing and social engineering to break into university data networks in search of data they believe has the highest value. Tackling Cybersecurity breaches in universities during the post-COVID era requires innovative approaches beyond the ordinary. This presentation analyses the impacts of Cybersecurity incidents on universities, and makes recommendations for detecting, preventing, and responding to cyberattacks more efficiently.

10:00 – 10:45 GMT/UTC

Cyber safety and me (Higher Education / Lecturers / Students / Parents)

Karen Walstra, Karen Walstra Consulting, South Africa

In this interactive presentation, thoughts and ideas will be shared to inform lecturers, school learners, students and parents about the impact of technological advancement on people. Topics that will be discussed:

  • Understand what techno-social culture means and the impact of emerging technology on human behaviour
  • Explore strategies to empower positive online behaviour and action
  • The importance of privacy settings and pitfalls to avoid
  • Embrace positive digital citizenship
  • Explore online profiles, identity theft, sexting, trolls and other unwanted behaviours
  • Protect yourself, discuss - Gender/based violence, cyberbullying and other cyber issues, Cyber wellness, looking at social-emotional well-being and self-esteem in a digital world
  • Copyright, intellectual property and content protection
  • Investigate the knowledge economy and the democratisation of student opinion and the narcissistic culture of this environment
  • Technological advancement and entrepreneurship opportunities.
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