Workshop to launch “Digital services for education in Africa” publication

A two-day workshop on “Technology and Education in Africa” will be held at UNESCO HQ and Orange Labs to explore the challenges and solutions regarding technology in African education.

The event, at UNESCO on 22 September and Orange Labs on 23 September, will also present “Digital Services for Education in Africa,” a joint publication from the Agence Française de Développement, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Orange and UNESCO.

The publication is the fruit of three years of meetings by an informal working group exchanging experiences and knowledge on sub-Saharan Africa, basic education, technologies and IT in schools.

Initiatives and projects in this field and featured in the publication include the use of tablets in schools in Niger, mobile phones as a tool to train primary school teachers in Madagascar and teacher capacity development activities in eight African countries (Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda) as a result of a cooperation agreement between China and UNESCO (CFIT Project).

The workshop will present and discuss the main findings and policy recommendations of the publication and illustrate challenges and innovative solutions drawing on already ongoing projects in sub-Saharan African countries.