eLearning Africa 2011 Spotlights on Youth, Skills and Employability

By Novell Zwange – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania –  eLearning Africa conference has opened its Call for Papers; Suggestions for the 2011 programme and submissions can be sent until December 10th.

The eLearning Africa Conference in 2011 will focus on young adults in Africa. With the spotlight on Youth, Skills and Employability, Africa’s leading conference on ICT for development, education and training will explore and discuss the vast reservoir of talent, skills and opportunity among Africa’s youth, also looking into the challenges they face on the job market.

Over 40 per cent of Africa’s population is younger than 24 years old. One hundred and ninety-eight million Africans, 20 per cent of the continent’s population, are aged between 15 and 24 – the largest percentage of young people anywhere in the world. Children under the age of 15 account for another 20 per cent.

eLearning Africa has opened its call for papers and is inviting education professionals from Africa and beyond to submit their best practices. The conference will take place from May 25th – 27th, 2011, in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is organised by ICWE GmbH and hosted by the Republic of Tanzania.

Under the overall topic of Youth, Skills and Employability, the programme will embrace six main topics:

?       Conceptual Frameworks;

?       Technology Solutions;

?       Policies, Partnerships and Resources;

?       Sector-based eLearning;

?       Capacity Development and eInclusion

?       Educational Content, Resources and Intellectual Property Rights.

Suggestions for sessions, presentations, workshops and discussions can be submitted until December 10th. The organising committee invites all those who are engaged in development, education and training in or for African countries to take part in the call. More details on topics and how to submit a proposal can be found at http://www.elearning-africa.com/programme_cfp.php.

At the 2010 event, 1778 teachers, educators, trainers and ICT professionals from 78 countries, including 86 per cent from Africa, convened in the Zambian capital Lusaka in May. The conference took place under the patronage of the Zambian Minister of Education, the Hon. Ms Dora Silija, MP.

Serving as a pan-African platform, eLearning Africa links a network of decision-makers from governments and administrations with universities, schools, governmental and private training providers, industry and important partners in development cooperation. Each year a different country hosts the event.

eLearning Africa, 6th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training will be held on May 25 – 27, 2011, at Mlimani City Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania