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 Monday, February 18, 2013
The 8th eLearning Africa conference (eLearning Africa 2013) will this year be hosted by Namibia's Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of information communication technology (ICT) from May 29-31.

The conference will be held in Windhoek, Namibia. In 2011, it was hosted by Tanzania. This year's international event will focus on tradition, change and innovation to show how new technologies combined with a pioneering spirit to improve lives are already changing the way people learn, work, and play.

Tanzania Global Learning Agency (Ta- GLA) is one of the organizers of the conference and as it did in previous years, it will link Tanzanians to important sessions of the conference through technologies. The following are some of the key questions to guide discussions at eLearning Africa 2013: How are African youth shaping their identities and navigating different learning spaces with these technologies? Are new technologies fundamentally disruptive to tradition or do they open up space for the digitization of tradition?

How is innovation in Africa shaping the continent's learning landscape? Over 1,500 decision-makers and practitioners from the education, business and government sectors, with 80 per cent coming from Africa are expected to attend the international conference. A similar event was last year held in Cotonou, Benin, from May 23-25. It provided an opportunity for Tanzanians and other participants to explore and get exposure to best available educational technologies and practices in the world and a platform to profile the country worldwide.

A total of 300 speakers and chairpersons from 50 countries addressed all forms of technology-enhanced learning, including a rich mix of themes, topics and a variety of sessions. Tanzania Global Learning Agency (TaGLA) provided an opportunity in last year's event as it will do this year, to connect Tanzanians through video conferences to selected sessions, inspire Tanzanians to access available conference materials online and engage them through the social media like facebook, twitter and Ta- GLA's website during and after the conference.

The eLearning Africa 2012 Report's key findings show that the number one factor constraining the African e-learning sector is lack of bandwidth, the top consideration for African organizations is access to appropriate content, the most important change agent is the government and the top motivation for using information communication technology (ICT) is to improve the quality of teaching. It was also found that 48 per cent of Africans use mobile phones in education, 36 per cent use shared resource computing in education and 74 per cent use ICT for classroom teaching and learning.

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