Six African countries have signed the AVU Charter, increasing the number of AVU Member States to 14 up from 5 in 2010. The countries which recently signed the AVU Charter to become Member States include: Benin; Ghana; Guinea; Burkina Faso; Niger; and South Sudan. African states may become Member States by signing the AVU’s Charter.
Prof. Rogerio Uthui, the Chairman of AVU Board of Directors and the AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo, received signed Charters from five of the six countries on July 12th 2012 during the AVU Multinational Project II Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop held in Nairobi Kenya.
Other countries that have singed the AVU Charter include Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. AVU is established as a diplomatic mission in Kenya and Senegal where it has its offices.
to Right: Mr. Joshua C Mallet, Director, Ministry of Education, Ghana, Hon. Prof. Adwok Nyaba, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, South Sudan, Mr. Bouda Ludovic Innocent, Ministere des Enseignements Secondarie et Supereur, Burkina Faso, Dr. Bakary Diallo, Rector, African Virtual University, Prof. Rogerio José Uthui, Chairman of the AVU Board, Prof. Amadou Sanni Mouftaou, Directeur CEFORP / Universite Abomey – Calavi Ministere Enseignement Superior du Benin, Benin, Prof. Abdoul Aziz Issa Daouda, Director of Cabinet, Ministry of Education, Niger pose for a photo after signing the AVU Charter.
Five out of the six countries are part of the 21 African countries currently benefitting from the AVU Multinational Support Project II funded by the African Development Bank.
The project includes: Establishment and upgrading of Open Distance and eLearning Centers among participating Partner Institutions; gender mainstreaming through awarding scholarships to female students; research and development. It also includes technical assistance to countries and universities, enhancing the use of open educational resources, implementation of the teacher education, computer science and peace and conflict resolution programs as well as AVU Capacity Enhancement Program.
The signing of AVU charters demonstrates commitment from African governments to work with AVU to promote use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education on the continent. “This is a testimony that AVU is now the leading ICT in education institution in Africa,” the AVU Rector Dr. Bakary Diallo said.
The AVU recently signed an MOU with the African Union Commission to promote education and the innovative use of ICT in Africa through eLearning programs with focus on teacher education, content development, infrastructure, quality assurance, open education resources, capacity building and networking.