Overcoming Divides: Achieving the SDGs in Africa

Programme

Wed, 27 Sep
9:30 to 12:30

Discussion 1: Cyberlaws for African Nations

The Special Seminar will aim to sensitize the attendees and participants of the training program about the discipline of Cyberlaw, the broad international trends in Cyberlaw jurisprudence in today’s scenario with regard to Universal access to information and the experience of Indian Cyberlaw. Experiences will be shared on how  Cyberlaw has evolved in one of the most populist nations of the world and further what lessons African nations can take from the Indian Cyberlaw experience and leapfrog into the next level of Cyberlaw jurisprudential growth. Cyberlaw discipline has been evolving in the last two decades. Today with the increased adoption of the digital mobile ecosystem, Cyberlaw as a discipline is increasingly becoming relevant to every nation stakeholder.

Speaker: Mr Pavan Duggal, Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Topics:

  • Definition and concept of Cyberlaw;
  • Importance of Cyberlaw;
  • Important jurisprudential Cyberlaw trends;
  • Salient features of Indian Cyberlaw.

Parners:  Government of India (South-South cooperation)

Venue: Iris room (M5)

9:30 to 12:30

Workshop 2 - Software preservation and FOSS policies implementation

The workshop will discuss strategies and challenges towards the implementation of the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) policy that Mauritius adopted in 2015. The participants will also learn about the F/OSS contribution policy template, which was developed in the framework of the Open Government Partnership Summit 2016, with the participation of UNESCO. The workshop will also be the opportunity to learn more technical details of the Software Heritage project by INRIA (France).

Moderator: Mr Davide Storti, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Knowledge Socities Division

Speakers:

  1. Mr Vik Bhoyroo, Executive Director Mauritius National Computer Board
  2. Mr Roberto di Cosmon, Director Software Heritage Project (INRIA)
  3. Ms Jessica Mayerson, Research Working Group of  Software Preservation Network
  4. Mr Raoul Delpech, Director of the Open Source Legal Centre
  5. Ms Natasa Milic-Frayling, UNESCO Persist project
  6. Ms Claire Gillissen-Duval, Africa Code Week Global Lead, SAP

Partners: INRIA, Mauritius National Computer Board

Venue: Trochettia room  (FD2)

 

14:00 to 17:00

Workshop 2 - Software preservation and FOSS policies implementation (Continuation)

Venue: Trochettia room  (FD2)

14:00 to 17:00

Workshop 1 - Key issues to design and implement a National declaration about Open Education

A half-day workshop to define the key issues that design a National and institutional Open Education declaration. Taking the examples from Scotland, Morocco and Spain, the six pillars of Open Education will be addressed to constitute the basics for such a declaration namely: Content, Access, Technology, Research Data, Research Results and Policy.

Speaker / Moderator:

  1. Mr Daniel Burgos. UNESCO Chair on eLearning. ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources. Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR)

Remote Speakers:

  1. Mr Khalid Berrada. Chaire UNESCO en enseignement de la physique par la pratique and  Professor at Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco
  2. Mr Edison Spina. Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  3. Ms Katherine Whimpeny. Researcher at the University of Coventry, United Kingdom
  4. Mr Francisco García-Peñalvo. Associate Professor. University of Salamanca, Spain
  5. Mr Christian M. Stracke. ICDE Chair in OER and  Associate Professor for Open Education and Innovation. Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL)
  6. Mr Fabio Nascimbeni. Telefónica Chair in Digital Society and Education and  Assistant Professor. Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR), Spain

Partners: Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED), International University of La Rioja (UNIR), UNESCO Chair on eLearning

Venue: Iris room (A4)

Thu, 28 Sep
9:30 to 10:30

Plenary Opening Session: IDUAI - eLearning Africa 2017 Sessions

The universal right to information is vital for societies to develop and thrive, to function democratically and for the well-being of each individual. On the International Day for Universal Access to Information, UNESCO supports the building inclusive and open knowledge societies by celebrating International Day for Universal Access to Information IDUAI 2017 Theme: “Overcoming Divides and Achieving the SDGs”. The Plenary will also launch a long-term initiative “International Platform on Knowledge Economy”.

Chairperson: Mr Indrajit Banerjee, Director, UNESCO Knowledge Societies Division

Speakers:

  1. Mr Firmin Eduard Matoko, Assistant Director-General for the Africa Department, UNESCO
  2. H.E. Mr. Günter Nooke, German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  3. Mr Vincent Wen, CEO Talkmate
  4. Mr Parsuramen Armoogum, President of the Global Rainbow Foundation
  5. Mr Kenneth Kam Boon Hee, Kenn Foundation
  6. H.E. Mr. Barlen Vyapoory, Vice-President of the Republic of Mauritius

Venue: Hibiscus room

 

10:30 to 12:30

Panel 1: Universal Access to Information and Knowledge

Open Access to information involves aspects like prerequisites for access to information; the right to internet and challenges of infrastructure, finance, access to local and global content and services, achieving the Agenda2030; policy, legislative and regulatory issues that ensure Universal Access to information. This session will also address the promotion of local content production, preserving and making accessible digital heritage, in particular software source code as a creation and expression of human intellect and source of inspiration for innovation. The session will focus on addressing challenges of Universal Access to Information for developing countries and gender-sensitive capacity building to ensure inclusive development and free flow of information and images, and the International strategy of cooperation on cyberspace for peace and security, and sustainable development.

Moderator:  Mr Parsuramen Armoogum, President of the Global Rainbow Foundation

Speakers:

  1. Mr Ricaud Auckbur, Director e-Education, Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mauritius
  2. Ms Chafica Haddad, Chair of the Information for All Programme (IFAP)
  3. Ms Natasa Milic-Frayling, UNESCO Persist Project
  4. Mr Edrine Wanyamai, CIPESA Legal Officer at Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)
  5. Mr Roberto di Cosmo, Director Software Heritage Project, INRIA
  6. Mr Gilbert Sendugwa, African Platform of Access to Information (APAI)
  7. Mr Indrajit Banerjee, Director, UNESCO Knowledge Societies Division

Topics:

  • Open Access to information;
  • Promotion of local content production (e.g. Knowledge creation, preservation, dissemination, and utilization) Pan-African Approaches and/or best practices;
  • Preserving and making accessible digital heritage, in particular software source code as a creation and expression of human intellect and source of inspiration for innovation;
  • Challenges of Universal Access to Information for developing countries and gender-sensitive capacity-building to ensure inclusive development and free flow of information and images;
  • International strategy of cooperation on cyberspace for peace and security, and sustainable development.

Partners: IFAP, INRIA

Venue: Barracuda room (UNE07)

14:00 to 16:00

Panel 2: International Cooperation on InfoEthics - Achieving SDG16: Peace, Justice and Good Institutions

This session will address topics such as how to prevent violent extremism in cyberspace, cyber-ethics and human rights. The panel will also discuss the misuse and abuses of universal access (hate speech, fake news discrimination, defamation, racism, radicalization, pornography, censorship and fragmentation) on the internet and other communication layers - e.g. Deep web (Darknet/Darkweb).  Ethical considerations and the promotion of Human Rights online will also be discussed.

The international debate on information ethics (infoethics) addresses the ethical, legal and societal aspects of the applications of information and communication technologies (ICT). Ethical principles for knowledge societies derive from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and include the right to freedom of expression, universal access to information, particularly that which is in the public domain, the right to education, the right to privacy and the right to participate in cultural life.

Moderator : Boyan Radoykov, UNESCO Knowledge Societies Division

Speakers:

  1. Mr Coetzee Bester, Vice Chancellor and Principal, African Center for Information Ethics (ANIE)
  2. Mr Preetam Maloor, Cybersecurity Team International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  3. Mr Dan Shefet, President, Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy
  4. Mr Gabriella Razzano, African Platform of Access to Information (APAI)

Topics:

  • Prevention of Violent Extremism in cyberspace;

  • Cyber-ethics and human rights: misuse and abuses of universal access (Hate speech, fake news discrimination, defamation, racism, radicalization, pornography, censorship and fragmentation) on the world wide web (WWW) and on other communication layers  - e.g. Deep web (Darknet/Darkweb) with Tor browsers;

  • Ethical considerations and the promotion of Human Rights online.

Partner: ITU

Venue: Barracuda room (UNE16)

16:00 to 18:00

Panel 3: International Cooperation on Education and Digital Inclusion to "Leave no one behind"

This session will address issues such as the role of Information and Communication Technologies in improving the life of people with disabilities, the role of ICTs in empowering women and girls in achieving SDG 5. The panel will also discuss Open Data and Big Data enabling new opportunities of evidence based decision making, digital libraries and archives, Open Educational Resources (OER) and opportunities of E-learning to achieve Quality Education for All.

Moderator:  Ms Ann Therese Ndong Jatta, Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa

Speakers:

  1. Mr Vik Bhoyroo, Executive Director, Mauritius National Computer Board Mauritius
  2. Mr Joe Hironaka, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Knowledge Societies Division
  3. Mr Jaco du Toit, Regional Advisor for Communication and Information, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa
  4. Mr Fredrick Kitoogo, Director Planning, Research and Development, National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U)
  5. Mr Parsuramen Armoogum, President, Global Rainbow Foundation
  6. Mr Daniel Burgos, UNESCO Chair on eLearning &  ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources. Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR)
  7. Ms Claire Gillissen-Duval, Director Corporate Social Responsibility EMEA, SAP

Topics:

  • Role of Information and Communication Technologies in improving the lives of people living with disabilities;
  • Role of ICTs in empowering Women and Girls in Achieving the SDG 5;
  • Open Data and Big Data enabling new opportunities of evidence based decision making;
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) and opportunities of E-learning to achieve Quality Education for All.

Partners: INRIA, UNIR, Global Rainbow Foundation

Venue: Barracuda room (UNE25)

18:00 to 19:00

Plenary - Adoption of Port Louis Declaration

Venue: Barracuda room

Fri, 29 Sep
9:30 to 12:30

Workshop 3 - Follow-up to the 2nd World OER Congress: Moving OER into Policy and Action in East Africa and the Indian Ocean

A one-day workshop in follow-up to the 2nd World OER Congress on moving OER into policies and action. The workshop will bring together ministry officials and OER experts in policy development and focus on the region of East Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution. UNESCO believes that universal access to high quality education is key to the building of peace, sustainable social and economic development, and intercultural dialogue. Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a strategic opportunity to improve the quality of education as well as facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building.

Moderator: Joe Hironaka, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Knowledge Societies Division

Speakers:

  1. Mr Daniel Burgos, UNESCO Chair on eLearning. ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources. Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR), Spain
  2. Ms Sophie Touzé, President of the Open Education Consortium
  3. Mr Mohammad Issack Santally, Associate professor, Center for innovative and lifelong learning, University of Mauritius

Partners: Hewlett Foundation, Open Educational Resources

Venue: Trochettia room (UNE35)

14:00 to 17:00

Discussion 2 - Access to Space technology and knowledge strategies for S.M.A.R.T. Sustainable Development

Billions of dollars have been invested into Space technology and innovation, and many of these applications have a direct utility and re-purpose on earth. The European Space Agency (ESA) has already developed a wide range of programmes that can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for everyone on earth; some of these applications will be discussed and presented here.

The session will also explore the challenges of knowledge and innovation strategies exchange and transfer, from innovation creation and accelerator organisations to support countries towards sustainable development based on best practices of information and knowledge transfer systems and lessons learnt. The session will explore innovation as a process; good multilevel governance systems, anticipatory governance and participatory governance build on knowledge strategies, innovation management in a multistakeholder environment that are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely)

Moderator: Rajinder Jhol, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Global Partnerships Association

Speakers:

  1. Mr Michael Hinchey, President, IFIP
  2. Ms Laura Kreiling, Université de Paris sud, Technology Transfer systems
  3. Ms Tanja Woronowicz, Head of Development, TZI-Innovation Capability Center, University of Bremen
  4. Ms Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon, Head of the Member states relations and Partnerships Office (DG-SM), European Space Agency (Remote speaker)

Topics:

  • Key knowledge transfer technologies that can help further create impact for the implementation of sustainable development
  • Foresight and road mapping as participatory analysis of envisaged regional "smart" development
  • Improved research and innovation management capacity

Partners: European Space Agency (ESA); IFIP

Venue: Frangipani room (UNE41)

14:00 to 17:00

Workshop 3 - Follow-up to the 2nd World OER Congress: Moving OER into Policy and Action in East Africa and the Indian Ocean

Venue: Trochettia room (UNE44)

Sat, 30 Sep
9:30 to 12:30

Workshop 4 - YouthMobile Workshop for training trainers in Mobile App Development (session 1)

YouthMobile workshop for training trainers (school teachers) in the development of Mobile Apps using App Inventor, complementing the training of trainers of the Africa Code Week. The YouthMobile Initiative builds on the experience of many worldwide initiatives that introduce young people to computer science programming (learning-to-code) and problem solving (coding-to-learn). It also seeks to build on experiences targeting young women who are vastly underrepresented in this field. Finally, it builds on the consideration that for millions of young people, the smartphone in their pocket is a very powerful computer, it will be their only computer, and they use it for nearly every aspect of their lives: communicating, learning, taking pictures, and playing games.

With this new initiative, UNESCO and its partners strive to provide young people with the high-level skills and confidence to develop, promote, and sell locally relevant mobile apps that solve local issues of sustainable development and provide employment.

Speakers:

  1. Ms Evbi D. O'Sullivan, MIT App Inventor Master Trainer
  2. Mr Davide Storti, UNESCO YouthMobile coordinator
  3. Ms Claire Gillissen-Duval, SAP
  4. National Computer Board representative, Mauritius

Partners: Ceridian Mauritius; Mauritius National Computer Board

Venue: Ceridian

(External, on invitation only)

14:00 to 17:00

Workshop 4 - YouthMobile Workshop for training trainers in Mobile App Development (session 2)

Venue: Ceridian

(External, on invitation only)