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eLearning Africa: Libraries, Vision and How African Innovation Benefits the World

By ICWE Press Service
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Exciting ideas for Africa's libraries, museums, archives and data will be an important part of this year's eLearning Africa conference, which takes place in Cairo, Egypt from May 24 - 26. Keynote speakers at the event will include Egypt's Dr Ismail Serageldin, the founder and Director of the Biblioteca Alexandrina, one of the largest and most technologically advanced libraries in the world.

"Our theme this year is 'Making Vision Reality,' which reflects the African Union's 2063 Vision of a transformed continent," says Rebecca Stromeyer, the organiser of eLearning Africa, the continent's biggest learning and technology event. "Here in Egypt, the Biblioteca Alexandrina is a magnificent example of how an ambitious vision has been transformed into an extraordinary, state-of-the-art reality. I'm delighted that the man responsible for it will be with us for the conference. What he and his colleagues have achieved is really remarkable and it shows the enormous potential of the African continent, as it embraces learning and technology."

The Biblioteca Alexandrina, which has shelf space for over 8 million books, aims to "provide universal access to human knowledge." It acts as a mirror and an external back-up for the Internet Archive and is the repository of 10 billion web pages, covering the years 1996 - 2001.

Ms Stromeyer said that too often people in other countries focus their attention on negative stories about Africa and fail to see the real positive change which is taking place.

"The real story about libraries, archives and culture is not about the mindless destruction by fanatics of manuscripts in Timbuktu three years ago, it is about how, all over Africa, an exciting vision for a transformed continent is now being turned into reality. The Biblioteca Alexandrina is a world-class facility and it shows what is possible. The process of turning vision into reality is happening across Africa in education and training. Technology is transforming learning and this year's eLearning Africa will provide a showcase for a wide variety of new products, facilities, systems and solutions, which have been created by Africans."

Other keynote speakers at eLearning Africa will include Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences; Tarek Shawki, Dean of the School of Engineering of the American University in Cairo; Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, CEO of the RISE Group, a social enterprise network, which promotes technology and educational development; and Toby Shapshak, a renowned commentator on African innovation, who is writing a book about how African solutions to problems benefit the whole world.

The conference, which will be preceded by the annual eLearning Africa Ministerial Roundtable, will feature workshops, panel discussions, knowledge exchanges, applied practice sessions, discussions, a learning cafe and the annual conference debate. Among hundreds of topics for discussion this year are emerging learning technologies; telecommunications and accessibility; localisation and languages; professional development; and improving opportunities for young people.

More information about the conference can be found at www.elearning-africa.com.

About eLearning Africa
Every year eLearning Africa brings together over 1,400 eLearning experts, high-level decision makers, practitioners, researchers, entrepreneurs and stakeholders from over 90 countries, and from across the education, business and public sectors. They discuss, debate, inform, share experience and plan action. In 2016, eLearning Africa will be hosted by Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of ICT. As the largest conference of its kind, the three-day event has become widely recognised as an unmissable occasion for anyone with an interest in education in Africa. It provides outstanding opportunities to learn, understand, present, promote, exhibit, connect and develop new partnerships.

Key Facts
1,400+ eLearning experts, high-level decision makers, practitioners, researchers and stakeholders 300+ speakers in 60 parallel sessions and workshops spanning all the major issues, developments and trends 4 inspiring plenary sessions featuring world-renowned expert speakers 60+ exhibitors, ranging from market leaders to emerging startups, showcasing the best products and services.

eLearning Africa, 11th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training

May 24 – 26, 2016 Cairo International Convention Centre Organisers: ICWE GmbH ( http://www.icwe.net ), hosted by ITIDA ( http://www.itida.gov.eg/ ) under the auspices of the Ministry of ICT

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