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Learners urged to embrace ICT

20 May 2013, 15:29 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Learners in Kenya and across Africa have been asked to use Information and Communication Technology  as an integral part of learning to attain the Millennium Development Goals in education.

Speaking in the African Virtual University (AVU) Curriculum Design Workshop in Nairobi, Dr. Bakary Diallo, the Rector of AVU  said that it is the right for Africa to consider using eLearning to address the growing need for quality and affordable education and training.

"Africa is overwhelmed by increasing number of student enrollment in universities which then encounter the problem of increasing physical infrastructure to learners,"said Dr. Diallo,"thus eLearning is the solves this traditional classroom teaching."

Diallo noted that though there is mucn optimism surrounding Africa's growth potential, the continent seems to lag behind in training the necessary human resources to match its rosy economic growth prospects.

"Although the number of students enrolling in tertiary education has been growing, the proportions are still dismally low,with only 6% of school leavers join tertiary institutions,"said Diallo.

He further added that educationists and economists have observed that if Africa has to compete in the global economy, at least 12% to 15% of the continent's workforce should have attained tertiary education.

Diallo also said that quality and affordable education and training requires appropriate policies,planning, funding, innovation and a vast sensitization campaign_ that is why the AVU in collaboration with the African Development Bank are promoting student enrollment in tertiary education through Open Distance and eLearning.

The AVU was launched in Washington in 1997 as a World Bank project with the mandate of increasing access to quality higher education through the innovative use of information communication technologies.

It's headquarter is in Nairobi and the  Regional Office  in Senegal whose greatest ability is to work across borders and languages in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.

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