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Association for the Development of Education in Africa (Paris) - Science Education
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. The database lists science education funded projects.

Has Working Groups on: Communication for Education and Development, Books and Learning Materials, Distance Education and Open Learning, Education Statistics, Female Participation in Education, Higher Education, Nonformal Education, The Teaching Profession. Publishes a Newsletter sponsors an Africa Education Journalism Award. [KF]
Australian Digital Theses Program
"...a national collaborative distributed database of digitised theses produced at Australian Universities....provides access to PhD and Masters by Research theses only." Databases of full text theses.

Includes - .Science education reform in a post-colonial developing country in the aftermath of a crisis: the case of Rwanda, by Jaya Earnest.
Bayan Science and Technology University College (BSTC)
A new private university college in Khartoum, Sudan. "BSTC was founded in 1997 by a number of university professors, engineers, and computer professionals. It offers Bachelor degrees in Computer Science, Electronic Systems Engineering and Computer Information Science.
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, Botswana girls science & tech 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]
Conference on Information Technology in Tertiary Education, Fourth, 25 to 27 September 2002, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
"a biennial event held under the auspices of the associated IT Directors of higher education institutions in South Africa. CITTE provides a forum for scholars and technical specialists alike to exchange knowledge on the modes and principles of applying IT to the purposes of higher education." The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 30 June 2002.
General information enquiries:
Paper Proposals to:
Cosmos Education
International organization run by graduate students and young professionals to assist schools in Africa with science and technology education programs, offers a solar eclipse trip to Zambia and Botswana. Site owner is Kevin Hand, Mechanical Engineering graduate student at Stanford University.
Creative Commons South Africa
"dedicated to showcasing the work of local creators, educators and administrators who use Creative Commons licenses to distribute their ideas and creative expressions." Examples from Schoolnet Namibia, in Cape Town. Discussion, news about copyright and the internet in southern Africa, South African education, publishing, etc. Flash movie on using a Creative Commons license. Alliance
The Alliance consists of three USAID funded cooperative agreements - 1. dot-GOV: Promotes policy and regulatory reform, 2. dot-ORG: Extends ICT access to under-served communities, 3. dot-EDU: Strengthens education. dot-EDU includes an Educational Exchange with the University of Bamako, Mali. All three projects work in Rwanda.
Edutech Mauritius
Promotes information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the learning experience. Has a blog of education ICT news, links to related sites on Mauritius education (Mauritius students studying overseas), photographs from their computer education work. "Edutech has close ties with Mauritius Linux User Group (MLUG) and the Mauritius Java User Group (MaJUG)."
eLearning Africa
"the largest gathering of eLearning and distance education professionals in Africa" The 2007 conference is in Nairobi, Kenya, May 28 - 30, 2007. 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]
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]
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 -
Or contact: Max Freund,
To subscribe send email to:
In the message area put: subscribe ghaclad-scope
ICT Focus (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Ethiopian magazine on information and communications technology. Selected full text articles online. Issues have "news analysis, product, and company profiles, feature articles, and regular columns analyzing the latest technology trends," links to related sites, Ethiopian technical colleges, Ethiopian ICT companies, ICT government & academic organizations.
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.
International Institute for Educational Planning, IIEP
"information on educational planning and management, including IIEP's training programmes, research and online publications." "created by UNESCO in 1963 in Paris, France.....supported by grants from UNESCO and by voluntary contributions from Member States..." Use the Search to locate full text reports on African education. Based in Paris, France. [KF]

Examples of reports - L'Impact des politiques de scolarisation des filles: Mauritanie, Tunisie, Inde, Bangladesh et Sénégal, Revisiting technical and vocational education in Sub-Saharan Africa, Education and training strategies for disadvantaged youth in South Africa, Surviving school: education for refugee children from Rwanda, 1994-1996, Private and community schools in Tanzania, Education policy formulation in Tanzania, Les Ecoles communautaires: Mali, Sénégal, Togo.
International Journal of Education and Development
Full text on-line articles.
International Open Source Network - Free Software for use in Higher Education in Africa
The University of the Western Cape (UWC), in 2004, received a R3.7 million grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada for the establishment of a network of African universities to build Free Software for use in Higher Education on the Continent.
Kargbo, John Abdul - "The Internet in Schools and Colleges in Sierra Leone: Prospects and Challenges"
Sierra Leone is introducing the Internet in its educational institutions in the year 2002. This article discusses some of the prospects and challenges that the Internet will bring to these institutions. "John Abdul Kargbo is in the Institute of Library, Archives, and Information Studies at the University of Sierra Leone."
Ngorongoro, Africa's Cradle of Life
About the PBS TV program on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Has lessons designed for earth science, biology, and mathematics students in middle and high school classrooms, links to related sites.
Partnership for Higher Education in Africa - ICT in Africa Study
Full text of Securing the Linchpin: ICT for Teaching, Learning, and Research, a Workshop for African Universities 2002. The Grants Database provides information about information and communication technologies grants by country, grantee, donor, amount, duration, purpose of grant, and keywords on grants received from the Partnership members: Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Based at New York University, New York city. [KF]
Réseau Ouest et Centre Africain de Recherche en Education / Educational Research Network for West And Central Africa
In French and English. "Le ROCARE compte plusieurs centaines de chercheurs.....: Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambie, Ghana, Guinée, Mali, Nigeria, Sénégal, Sierra Leone, et Togo." Has full text reports such as

Egalité des sexes des sexes dans le domaine de l'éducation en Côte d'Ivoire. 2003. 109 p. in PDF.

Impact du conflit armé sur le système scolaire dans les zones sous contrôle de la rébellion. 2004. 129 p. in PDF. Concerns Cote d'Ivoire.

Enseignement à distance : stratégie alternative d'amélioration de l'accès à l'enseignement supérieur en République de Guinée. Doctoral these of Dr (Mme) Djénabou Baldé, 2004, 357 p. in PDF

Teacher Training in the Gambia: Gambia College Review Report. 2002. 37 p. in PDF.

Development of simple aids for teaching science in basic schools. 2003. 38 p. in PDF. Concerns Ghana.

"MEN-MALI : les grandes orientations de la politique éducative au Mali." 2000. 76 p. in PDF.

Quality of basic education in Nigeria : an annotated bibliography from 1992-2002. 2003. 80 p. in PDF. Covers teacher training, education policy, curriculum reform, primary-secondary education, science education, etc.

Impact of Internet browsing on academic performance at tertiary level in Nigeria 2002. 31 p. in PDF.

HIV/AIDS and the education sector in Nigeria : review of policy and research documents. 2004. 68 p. in PDF.

Evaluation du partenariat entre l'ONG Aide et Action et l'UNICEF : programme éducation de base des filles 1997-2002, rapport final. 2004, 78p. Part 1. 27 p. in PDF. Part 2. 51 p. in PDF. Concerns Togo.

A transnational view of basic education : issues of access, quality and community participation in West and Central Africa. 2002. 232 p. in PDF. (Also in French. 242 p. in PDF). Covers Benin, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Togo. Primary education, religion's influence, girls education, community participation.

Has presentations given at a 2004 meeting on VIH/SIDA et Éducation.
SANTEC Newsletter
"SANTEC-Thutong Weekly Newsletter is an e-mail service aimed primarily at people interested in using information and communication technologies to improve the quality of education in the developing world." See also Society and Network for Technology in Education through Collaboration (SANTEC). SANTEC has online seminars; the 2008 conference for SANTEC is in Cape Town, South Africa.
Schoolnet Africa
In five languages. "to improve education access,..... through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in African mainly with learners, teachers, policymakers and practitioners through country-based schoolnet organisations across Africa." Directory of schools with internet access in Africa, a directory of the country Schoolnets, full text Research Reports, has a monthly e-mail newsletter. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
School Net Uganda
A network of educators and schools to promote "the integration of Information and Communication Technologies in education." Provides "pedagogical and technical expertise and advice, infrastructure and human resources, coordination, training and capacity building and developing SMART local and international partnerships in the areas of Internet Connectivity; Appropriate Technology;..."
Science in Africa
Popular science E-journal with full text articles. Lists conferences, funding sources. Based in Grahamstown, South Africa. [KF]

Articles in the first issue, January 2000 - Construction begins on SALT: South African Large Telescope, African cattle with natural resistance to trypanosomiasis, coelacanth find off the Kwazulu Natal coast, Sunsat: Africa's first Satellite, the biopesticide, called Green Muscle, provides a safe, natural alternative to chemical insecticides, polluting streams with alien fish species threatens aquatic biodiversity, genetically modified foods for Africa?, the state of South African penguins.
Shuttleworth Foundation (Durbanville, South Africa)
"founded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth [first African in space] in October 2000" to improve South African education focusing on mathematics, science and open source projects. "our focus is to encourage and promote an awareness of Linux and open source." "target beneficiaries for maths and science are Grades 4 to 9,..." Describes projects funded, how to apply for funding. [KF]
Soul Beat Africa. Communication for Change
Find full text reports on using radio, TV, newspapers, edutainment, films, information technology, other media to promote health, education. " Find programmes, activities and projects relevant to your work thru the Programme Experiences database. Has a directory of e-newsletters and journals. Its Resource Mobilisation is a directory of funding, grant sources. Links to related sites. Soul Beat is a partnership between The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Development Cooperation Ireland, European Union, DFID, and BP" and others. [KF]
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]
Tanzania Education, TanEdu
An educational portal for Tanzanians, managed by Tanzania Education and Information Services Trust (TanEdu). Offers practical information for teachers, students, parents. Has a directory of higher education institutions, database of secondary schools, ICT in rural Tanzania, examination results, school calendar, and more. Based in Dar es Salaam.

Full text of -

Tanzania National Policy on HIV / AIDS
. 2001. 45 p. in PDF.

Ministry of Science. National Higher Education Policy. 1999. 32 p. in PDF.

Ministry of Education & Culture. Education and Training Policy. 104 p. in PDF.
Thinkquest Africa
"an Internet contest for African learners between the ages of 12-19. Learners should form a team and collaborate in the development of an educational web site."
UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, BREDA
In English, French, Portuguese. News, conferences, covers all aspects of African education. Many full text reports in Adobe pdf.
UNEVOC, International Project on Technical and Vocational Education
UNEVOC is "UNESCO's International Project on Technical and Vocational Education...dedicated to developing and improving technical and vocational education in UNESCO's Member States." Has a directory of UNEVOC's African centres for technical and vocational education and full text reports such as "Polytechnic Education in Mauritius" by K. A. Kasenally (May 2000).
University of Cape Town. Centre for Educational Technology
Has the full text on-line of ICTs and Higher Education in Africa; see under PHEA Educational Technology Initiative. Chapters on Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda. Information covered can include telecom structure, mobile phones, electrical power, radio and TV stations, ICT access and costs, ICT policy, telecentres.
University of Sussex. Centre for International Education
The Centre has offered an international Masters programme for over 20 years. Sponsors the Multi-Site Teacher Education Research Project (working in Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa). The Center has acted as a Link Institute to support the development of the Teacher Training College system at Provincial level in South Africa. Has full text research reports - The Impact of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic on the Attainment of Primary Education for All in Sub-Saharan Africa, Understandings of Education in an African Village: the Impact of Information and Communication Technologies, Inclusion/Exclusion in South African Education. Based in Brighton, U.K. [KF]
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.

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