The Institute for International Cooperation of the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband (DVV International), has launched an online platform for professional adult educators in Africa called MOJA in Malawi by effectively enabling adult educators and learners to easily interact with their counterparts across the continent.
According to a press release issued by DVV International, "this is the first time ever in Africa that adult education and learning professionals have a place where they may easily communicate with each other and form networks to share insights, experiences and outcomes so that the wider continent may benefit from a pan-African team of educators".
The launch of MOJA took place in the capital Lilongwe and brought together scores of stakeholders in the adult literacy sector. The stakeholders underwent an orientation on how the platform operates.
The portal includes articles, news, links and other resources that are easy to search, download and read.
In his remarks, DVV International Regional Director in Southern Africa David Harrington described the platform as very important, saying it creates a community where people working in adult education in Africa have access to resources, find latest news and events, upload their own information, make contacts with each other and search content on different things.
"This is a resource that has long been lacking in Africa. MOJA will address a gap in the African adult education community. It will provide a space for people to share and learn with and from one another, and to draw on the rich tradition and practice of adult education that has evolved in African contexts," said Harrington.
Harrington then called upon adult learning and education professionals in Malawi to join "MOJA community", saying the power of networking is unlocked there.
"People must register. It is free. They must sign up. We want them to engage with others to share what they are doing in adult education. We want to see adult education becoming more visible. People must reach out and learn from neighbouring countries," he said.
According to the DVV International press release, MOJA (www.mojaafrica.net) was founded when DVV International, together with its African partners, identified the need for adult educators in Africa to have a universally accessible online portal to pool collective insights, experiences, resources and wisdom to advance adult education and learning.
The press release says "Moja" is the Swahili word for "one" which is rich in meaning and resonance, drawing on the power of unity and pointing to the central objective of the MOJA platform: to advance adult learning and education in Africa through partnership, knowledge-sharing and collaboration."
The MOJA portal also has a library of insights, experiences and accounts of promising practices from across Africa that adult educators may investigate and adopt to enhance their own professional practices.
Also speaking during the launch in Lilongwe, Malawi government's deputy director for community development responsible for adult literacy and education Charles Mkunga said networking through the MOJA platform will help improve the country's models of delivery of education to adult literacy learners.
"I, therefore, call upon all stakeholders in the adult literacy sector to fully utilize the portal so that, as a nation, we realize maximum benefit from the initiative," Mkunga said.