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eLearning Africa 2010: Will Africa Learn by Mobile Phone or by Desktop Computer?

Teachers and technologists gathering at the eLearning Africa 2010 conference in Zambia will be debating a billion dollar question, attempting to work out whether future African students will learn from the telephones in their pockets or from the laptops in their classrooms.

The African continent stunned the world by leapfrogging several stages of traditional telecommunications development and a third of all African citizens are now mobile phone subscribers. Some debaters at eLearning Africa 2010 will argue that the existence of these millions of mobile phones means it may no longer be cost-effective to use scarce resources to install laptop and desktop computers in schools. Despite some huge investments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in most African states, the millions of mobile telephones now in private hands may provide the best gateway to learning for the school children, students, apprentices and technicians of the new Africa.

The eLearning Africa Debate will be held at the 2010 conference in Lusaka, Zambia, between May 26th and May 28th. Conference participants will find that “eWaste management”, “eInclusion”, “eHealth” and “Green IT” are high on the agenda.

International organisations including the African Virtual University, the World Bank Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will join grassroots non-governmental organisations to enrich the conference programme with presentations about the work of battling illiteracy in Southern Africa,
promoting gender equality in Mali and encouraging participatory communication in East African refugee camps.

After a successful political discussion on eLearning in post-conflict situations at last year's Senegal conference, the role of ICT in building a peaceful and stable society will be discussed in Lusaka this year. More information at

The eLearning Africa Network
eLearning Africa is the largest pan-African conference on ICTs for education and training, a key networking event for investors, experts in education and providers of education and training in Africa. The conference is accompanied by an exhibition and demonstration area where leading international eLearning manufacturers, suppliers and service providers present their latest products and services. More than 1,500 education professionals from around the world are expected at this year's eLearning Africa. The conference is held in English and French.

eLearning Africa, 5th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training
May 26 - 28, 2010
Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka, Zambia

Contact: ICWE GmbH,,
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0

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