eLearning Africa Photos Exhibit in Zambia

Winners of the first eLearning Africa photo competition were last month featured in an exhibition at the fifth pan-African conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development, Education and Training

In Lusaka, Zambia, Kennedy Sinkali, surrounded by a crowd of eager fifth-grade school children, is captured explaining phonics to them in front of a laptop screen. Sinkali is a teacher in a village near Ndola in the Copperbelt province of Zambia and uses the school’s only computer, which has to be shared between four classes and three hundred children.

Natasha Bomba, who took the picture while volunteering at the school, was nnounced as the winner of the first eLearning Africa photo competition. The prize, a digital camera, was presented during the eLearning Africa conference from May 26th – 28th in Lusaka, Zambia.

The photo which took the first runner-up prize was taken in Cameroon by Jenny Sanborn from HITIP, a non-profit, community-based organisation. She photographed Karine, a survivor of polio who lives in Douala. Rather than begging, she sells phone credit to make her living.

Mary Ann Hood from South Africa took the picture which was announced by the jury as second runner-up. It shows six-year-old Thandi from Uganda followed by her friends, taking pictures with a mobile phone camera.

The ten best photos and the audience favourite were featured in an exhibition at the eLearning Africa conference.

eLearning Africa launched the online photo contest in the run-up to this year’s conference to find out how ICTs have changed lives in Africa. The organisers invited people from Africa to submit images that show how they live, learn and work with ICTs.

eLearning Africa is the key networking event for investors, education experts, as well as providers of education and training on the continent. More information can be found at www.elearning-africa.com

eLearning Africa, 5th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training took place from May 26 to 28, 2010, in Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka, Zambia