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Built to Last: How Sub-Saharan African Countries are Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Educational Ecosystems

Tue, April 16, 10:00 to 11:30am, Hyatt Regency, Floor: Street (Level 0), Regency A

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Across Sub-Saharan Africa, governments, alone and in partnerships with incubators, NGOs, communities and private companies, are employing technology to improve the quality of teaching; provide teachers with quality pre- and in-service education; furnish teachers and students with quality learning materials; and extend learning opportunities beyond the two covers of the text and four walls of the classroom to homes and community. These efforts have not always received attention but in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, they are bearing fruit and in many other parts of Africa, such as Kenya and South Africa, they are beginning to transform educational delivery.

This panel presentation offers a synthesis of major initiatives in trends in using technology to promote innovative and sustainable models of education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The author ill draw on 8 months of desk research and interviews with technology leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as multi-month case studies of educational technology initiatives in South Africa, Botswana, Cape Verde and São Tomé e Principé.

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