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Africa’s Top Edtech Conference Issues Call for Papers

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The organisers of eLearning Africa, the continent’s leading conference and exhibition on learning, training and technology, have issued a ‘call for papers’ from anyone interested in presenting at this year’s event, which will be held in the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire in Cote d’Ivoire from 23 - 25 October 2019.

© ICWE GmbH / eLearning Africa
© ICWE GmbH / eLearning Africa 

The theme of the conference is ‘The Keys to the Future: Learnability and Employability’ and the organisers want to hear from anyone with “exciting, imaginative, innovative ideas and new thinking about how Africa’s wealth of talent can be turned into skills and skills into success.” 

eLearning Africa 2019 will focus on how Africans can adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances of the future and how they can equip themselves with the key skills that are likely to be needed. A central question for conference participants will be how can Africans learn and grow quickly? 

“Learnability and employability are vital issues for employers and for young people entering the labour markets,” says Rebecca Stromeyer, the founder of eLearning Africa, whose company will host the conference in partnership with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire. “The ability to learn and keep learning new skills will be as important in the future as simply being able to do a job. The nature of employment is going to change dramatically and I suspect that Africans will have a big advantage. Africans are flexible and open to new ideas. They have a big opportunity to leapfrog their competitiors and not only introduce the change that is necessary, but make it flexible too.” 

Ms Stromeyer says that eLearning Africa 2019 will be all about “the key attributes Africans will need in tomorrow’s global economy and how to acquire them.” 

Key themes at the conference will include: 

-     The use of didigtal technology to improve access

-     The role of digital technology in capacity building for teachers and trainers

-     Skills development to promote competitiveness in the private sector

-     Improving access to digital technology in under-served areas and communities

-     Promoting home-grown African solutions

-     Financing digital education and training

-     The digital revolution in the workplace

-     Innovative applications in Africa’s leading social and economic sectors 

A full list of themes, together with details of the call for papers, is available on the conference website -

This year’s eLearning Africa will be the 14th edition of the event and it is expected that over 1200 people from more than 50 countries will attend. The conference and its associated exhibition, featuring the latest products, courses and solutions from around the world, represent “an outstanding networking opportunity and the best vantage point anywhere in Africa to gain a view of the continent’s edTech market,” according to the organisers.

 The Call for Papers is open until February 22, 2019.

Participants can register to the conference here.

Full details about eLearning Africa 2019, including the conference programme, please refer to the website