Africa: Leader in Increasing Access to More Reliable, Greener IT for African Schools Sponsors Africa’s Premier ICT for Education & Training Event

Berlin, Germany and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:  Wyse, the global leader in cloud client computing,  will be the major sponsor of this year’s eLearning Africa conference and exhibition. The sixth in the series of the Africa’s largest international events on technology for development, education and training, eLearning Africa will take place from May 25th to 27th in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Wyse is committed to helping educational institutions in Africa use its advanced desktop virtualisation solutions better to enable schools and colleges to deliver teaching and learning based on reliable, affordable and greener classroom ICT. African clients and partners draw on the company’s considerable expertise and success in working with educational organisations globally.

In South Africa, 2.5 million students in schools will be provided with access to a cloud computing laboratory by 2013. Over 70,000 PCs with access to the latest software and Internet content using Wyse cloud software and cloud PCs have already been installed. The Gauteng Online initiative is one of Wyse’s major African eLearning initiatives. In Nigeria, a new network of examination centres relies on a Wyse cloud client computing infrastructure to enable examinations to be delivered, taken and scored entirely electronically, saving time and money while also improving reliability and service with accurate results delivered in hours rather than months.

Education is Wyse’s second largest market, with ten of the world’s top fifteen universities using Wyse solutions to reduce costs and improve learning. They and other educational institutions benefit from Wyse’s position as the only cloud vendor to offer desktop virtualisation solutions for every budget and scale of implementation, ranging from ten to upwards of ten thousand units.

Tarkan Maner, President and CEO of Wyse Technology, said: “We’re seeing African customers embrace how our cloud client computing solutions can transform education and training, widening access to the most advanced eLearning for students of all ages and abilities. So our support for the Continent’s leading forum on educational ICT is a natural step for us, as Wyse works with an expanding number of African governments and educational institutions to realise their ambitions to improve the education and employment prospects of young people across Africa.”

“We are delighted to have Wyse on board,” said Rebecca Stromeyer, Managing Director of ICWE and Founder of eLearning Africa. “Our aim is to show the variety of innovative technologies that are available for promoting educational opportunities for all in Africa. It is of immense importance that key players in the field such as Wyse engage in such an event, showing that Africa can really benefit from affordable green classroom IT.”

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