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Africa: Education, Communication, and Development
Directory of annotated sites on distance education in Africa, higher education and education research in Africa. Maintained by Professor Stewart Marshall. http://communicationculture.freeservers.com/
African Distance Learning Association
Set up by African scholars and students to assist African institutions. Has links to distance learning sites. Maintained by Dr. Abebe Kebede, North Carolina A & T State University. http://www.physics.ncat.edu/~michael/adla/
African Virtual University
In English and French. Independent Inter-governmental organization. Courses are delivered through the internet and satellite broadcast to over 34 learning centres in Africa. Offers the Diploma in Business Studies and the Diploma in computer science, journalism courses. Formerly led by the World Bank. Participants include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Curtin University, Australia, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Indiana Institute of Technology, and others. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF] http://www.avu.org/
Association for the Development of Education in Africa (Paris)
In English and French. Based in Paris, France. "focuses on developing partnerships between Ministers of Education and funding agencies in order to promote effective education policies based on African leadership and ownership." Has full text reports (in Adobe PDF format), the PRISME database of education projects, by country, funding agency, etc.

Has Working Groups on: Books and Learning Materials, Distance Education and Open Learning, Early Childhood Development, Education Sector Analysis, Education Statistics, Female Participation in Education, Finance and Education, Higher Education, Nonformal Education, The Teaching Profession. Publishes a Newsletter sponsors an Africa Education Journalism Award. [KF] http://www.adeanet.org/
California Virtual Campus
"The California Virtual Campus Course Catalog provides a listing of more than 3,800 distance courses offered by accredited institutions in California." Does not offer courses itself. Courses listed include "Africa Before 1885" and "Colonialism and the States of Asia and Africa" both by A. Ahanotu at Calif. State University, Stanislaus. (Fees - In State $539.50; Out of State $1,277.50). For the courses at Stanislaus, "Students must go to remote sites in Stockton, Tracy, Manteca, and Dos Palos. Not accessible on home TV." http://www.cvc.edu/
Commonwealth of Learning
Established by the Commonwealth govts. to widen access to education, esp. thru distance education, teacher education, and associated technologies in Commonwealth countries.
Models for success show literacy programs in Ghana and Zambia, teacher training in Southern Africa, computer training in Zambia. Has Best Practices in open and distance learning from Botswana, Seychelles, a 1994 report on African distance education, teacher ed. projects in Africa. Has full text articles, in Adobe PDF, from their newsletter, Connections, reports on Seychelles and Cameroon distance education, etc. [KF] http://www.col.org
Darkwa, Osei and Fikile Mazibuko - Creating Virtual Learning Communities in Africa: Challenges and Prospects by
"This paper......discusses the state of distance education in Africa, identifying the institutions offering distance education and the nature of the delivery platform used....Finally, it offers suggestions to overcome the challenges confronting technology-based education in Africa." 10 pp. http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue5_5/darkwa/
Diagne, Mactar - "African Virtual University"
General 2 page article. One needs to register to access the articles. Registration is free. From the e-journal, TechKnowLogia, January/February 2000 Issue. http://www.techKnowLogia.org
Distance Learning and Developing Countries Discussion List
Discussion list for researchers, teachers and students interested in distance learning in developing countries. To subscribe, send an empty message to: dldc-subscribe@egroups.com The list manager is Stewart Marshall. http://members.tripod.com/stewart_marshall/discussion_list.htm
eLearning Africa
"the largest gathering of eLearning and distance education professionals in Africa" 2010 Conference in Zambia. The 2007 conference in Nairobi, Kenya, had interviews with Faith Macharia, National Director of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya Chapter; Gladys Muhunyo of Computer Aid International; Dr. Elija Omwenga, Director of ICT Services at the University of Nairobi, Kenya; Mor Seck on Global Development Learning Network; Shafika Isaacs of SchoolNet Africa; Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo on the African Virtual University. [KF] http://www.elearning-africa.com/
Elimu Imara - Impower Yourself (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Offers online distance learing (business courses, computer courses, web design). Owned and operated by E-Academy Ltd, a company based in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Co-shareholder is Star Telecom Tanzania Ltd., operators of Tanzania's largest ISP, based in Dar-es-Salaam. [KF] http://www.elimuimara.com/
Ghana Computer Literacy and Distance Education Discussion List
Discussion list on distance education in Ghana (and Africa), sponsored by GhaCLAD (Ghana Computer Literacy & Distance Education Volunteers) and ProjectSCOPE. The listowner is Carolyn Manjourides - cmanjourides@projectscope.org
Or contact: Max Freund, mfreund@interport.net
To subscribe send email to: majordomo@igc.org
In the message area put: subscribe ghaclad-scope
Imfundo - ICTs for Education in Africa
Imfundo uses information and communication technology to promote gender equality and universal primary education. The Knowledge Bank has full text papers on ICTs in education such as -
  • Gender issues in the use of computers in education in Africa
  • World Space UNESCO Distance learning course on "Community Telecentre Development In AFRICA"
  • New Information Technologies And Education For The Poor In Africa (ITEPA)
  • ICT Based Solutions for Special Educational Needs in Ghana
  • A Review of Good Practice in ICT and Special Educational Needs for Africa
  • Review of Basic ICT Skills and Training Software For Educators in Africa
  • Evaluating digital learning material for English language development in African primary classrooms
  • Improving Access to Education via Satellites in Africa: A Primer
  • An Evaluation of the Computer Education Trust (CET) In Swaziland
  • Evaluation of educational software for the African context: guidelines for educators
Funded by the U.K. Department for International Development, DFID and others. http://imfundo.digitalbrain.com/imfundo/
International Centre for Distance Learning, The Open University (U.K.)
Has a database by country of distance teaching programs and courses in Africa. The ICDL is an international centre for research, teaching, consultancy, information and publishing activities based in the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University. Has links to African education related sites. http://icdl.open.ac.uk/
OER Africa
Promotes Open Educational [free] Resources (OER) "across all education sectors on the African continent." Includes course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software. Established by the South African Institute for Distance Education, Saide. http://www.oerafrica.org/

Resources for agriculture, health, teacher education. Includes Moodle (course management software). Partners - University of Michigan, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the University of Ghana (UG), the University of Cape Town (UCT), the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Oog voor Ghana
In English and Dutch. "Oog voor Ghana is a small organisation that gives educational support mainly - but not only  - in the northern part of Ghana."  Oog voor Ghana believes that  investment in education is the best investment people can make.....This website has lots of free educational courses, useful for students and teachers." Based in Kleve, Germany. http://www.oogvoorghana.org/
Southern African Network for Educational Technology and eLearning!
"network of educational technology practitioners with an interest in educational technology and eLearning in developing environments - and specifically in Southern Africa - in order to facilitate and support collaborative ventures..." "There is NO membership fee and any individual or organisation with an interest in educational technology and eLearning in developing environments - and specifically in Southern Africa - is welcome to join." Links to related sites. Based in Windhoek, Namibia. [KF] http://www.santecnetwork.org/
University of Swaziland. Institute of Distance Education
Information on courses and staff. [KF] http://www.uniswa.sz/academics/ide/
World Bank Education
Projects, statistics, on all aspects (Girls' Education, Education Technology, Early Child Development, Tertiary Education, Effective School and Teacher Secondary Education, Adult Education, Global Education Reform, School Health, Economics of Education) with many full text reports. http://www1.worldbank.org/education/

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