In a move designed to provide African learners with greater access to higher education opportunities, the African Virtual University (AVU) in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching 27 Open Distance and eLearning Centers (ODeL) in 21 African countries over the next months.
The next launches will take place at the University of Douala on December 6th 2016 and at Université Abomey Calavi on December 8th 2016. Subsequent launches will take place in 13 countries. Dr Bakary Diallo, Rector of the AVU will participate in the launch ceremonies alongside officials from government, AfDB representatives and partner organisations.
The 21 beneficiary countries are: nine (9) Francophone African Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; three (3) Lusophone African Countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and eight (9) Anglophone African Countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania. The ODeL centres will strengthen AVU’s network. They will be co-located in 27 institutions across the countries. The centres are set up within the framework of the AVU Multinational Project II funded by the AfDB. The AVU had successfully inaugurated 10 centres in 10 countries during a first phase in 2009/2010.
The expansion will strengthen the capacity of more universities to mainstream open, distance and eLearning into their existing curricula, create a community of peers that will generate original research on eLearning methodologies and will also help universities generate a long-term and sustainable revenue base.
“This initiative is driven by our desire to prepare the African learners and professionals to better contribute to the socio-economic development of the continent. AVU’s role is to ensure that people have access to the 21st Century skills that they will need to advance themselves and the continent” noted Dr. Bakary Diallo, AVU’s Rector.
The main purpose of the ODeL Centre is to act as a physical hub for the creation, organization and sharing of knowledge and the development of ODeL Programs.
African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization with a mandate to significantly increase access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies.
The AVU was established in 1997 when eLearning was still in its infancy in the West and it has since trained more than 63,000 students and established the largest network of Distance and eLearning institutions in 29 African Countries. The AVU works across language divide in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.
The AVU is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with a regional office in Dakar, Senegal.