The African Virtual University (AVU) is delivering a certificate program for University Technical Staff in Somalia from July 9th to August 23rd 2011. The purpose of the Certificate program is to facilitate the adoption of eLearning in the 9 participating universities. The program is delivered in 2 phases, a face-to-face workshop and an online component.
The 10 day face to face workshop was conducted at the University of Hargeisa in Somalia from 9th to 19th July 2011. This will be followed by a one month Community of Practice starting on July 23 and that will be conducted online on the AVU's virtual classroom platform "MyAVU" (www.avu.org/virtualclass).
Participants of the ICT Training workshop held in University of Hargesia, Somalia
The trainees are ICT specialists drawn from 9 Somali universities participating in the Somali Higher Education Regional Networking (SHERNet) Project. The Project is funded by the European Commission and is being implemented by the Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services and the AVU.
The participating institutions come from all regions of Somalia; they are Amoud University, University of Hargeisa, Burao University, Gollis University, Puntland State University, East Africa University, Mogadishu University, SIMAD University, and Benadir University.
The European Commission (EU) funded project known as SHERNet is a project which is aimed at developing the capacity of higher education institutions in Somalia. The European Commission is supporting the implementation of selected actions intended at contributing to the improvement of the operations of the Education Sector in the three regions of Somalia. The actions will help the directly targeted groups to overcome resistance to change and establish linkages and collaborations that will facilitate lifelong learning and enhance individual and institutional capacity in higher education.