New Era (Windhoek)

22 February 2013

Namibia to Host ICT Conference

Windhoek — Namibia has budgeted N$5 million to host the 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development, Education and Training that will take place in Windhoek.

Officially launching the e-learning Africa 8th International Conference, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joel Kaapanda yesterday said that Cabinet authorised the ministers of education and ICT to host the symposium.

The 8th e-learning Africa conference is scheduled to take place from May 29 to 31 this year at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek.

Between 1500 and 2000 delegates are expected to attend, including 300 speakers and chairpersons from over 50 countries who will be deliberating on the latest developments and trends in e-learning.

The conference's overall theme is "tradition, change and innovation", which will examine experiences, projects, policies, partnerships and research that are shaping the continent's e-learning landscape".

Kaapanda said as part of the e-learning conference, Namibia will host a ministerial roundtable which will hold panel discussions on the country's policies and use of ICT in the education sector and its implementation plan, as well as the universal access and service policy for ICT.

The conference will be attended by many education and ICT ministers from across Africa, including experts in the field. It is against this background that the minister appeals to all stakeholders in both the education and ICT sectors to take full advantage of what the symposium will offer.

It is expected that the conference will promote networking, and enhance the application of ICT in the education and training sector in Africa. In addition it is also expected to develop multi-national and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as obtain first-hand information and real life examples of how ICT advances the cause of education for all.

The conference will also feature extensive exhibition stands and a demonstration area for the latest in ICT applications in education around the world. However, Kaapanda emphasised that there is still an opportunity for institutions to provide abstracts that can be presented as concept papers at the conference due towards the end of May.

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