August 1, 2018

e-Learning Africa for the future of education

“From the perspectives of both learning and private sector development, it is time for Africa to leapfrog to technology for skills development in businesses” this is how M’Hamed Cherif, the founder & general director of Invest in Africa Now! describes the use of new technologies for professional training in businesses, the theme of the session that will be organised at the prestigious eLearning Africa, scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, on next 26-28 September.

The session, themed Funding of Technologies for Training in Businesses and curated by Invest In Africa Now!, will be presented and animated by a panel composed of policy makers, business leaders and financiers aiming at exploring the nexus between learning & skills development, technology and funding, framing a lively and interactive exchange of ideas and information on this topic.

The education global market is currently estimated to be worth around $5 trillion, and it is forecasted that investment in education technology alone will reach over $250 billion by the year 2020. Edtech companies are being started at a staggering rate. In this global context, Africa is becoming one of the most dynamic e-learning markets and Edtech companies have begun getting funding, especially in startup hubs in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

Africa is successfully leveraging its mobile technologies for the educational needs. An increasing number of small and large-scale initiatives distribute already educational materials, support reading, enable peer-to-peer learning and remote tutoring through social networking services and improve communication between concerned parties. Cost-effective solutions are now available even to SMEs for training and skills upgrading.

Both investors and entrepreneurs are rightly savvy and circumspect about how capital is shaping the companies and products for learning and development. However, for technology to successfully serve the learning and development market, financiers and entrepreneurs face a subtle and complex reality. Therefore, there is a need to glimpse into the landscape of funding Edtech and to better understand investors’ – and their partners – motivation and how the money flows into Edtech companies, as well their ecosystem.

Speaking about the outputs of the session, which is expected to be one of the most innovative, Mr. Cherif says: “The session is expected to lead to a concrete proposal on how to leverage eLearning Africa to enable African entrepreneurs to share their insights on how to develop and scale up their ventures, as well as pitch their businesses to mentors, ecosystem enablers, advisors, ad investors. The proposal should operationalise the findings of the exploration of the nexus between learning & development, technology and funding.”

Contact Patricia for further information and registering your interest.

Invest in Africa Now! is a private company aiming at matching project promoters and investors using a comprehensive approach from scoping of interventions to investor feedback, offering state of the art tools such as a geographical investment and knowledge platform and the the organisation of investor meetings and other events and activities

Invest in Africa Now!

eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT supported education, training and skills development in Africa and brings together high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government. Over 12 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 16,228 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,300 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology enhanced education and skills development. Serving as a pan-African platform, the eLearning Africa conference is a must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities.

eLearning Africa 2018 – 13th International Conference on ICT for Education, Training and Skills Development
September 26 – 28, 2018
Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

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