[OSGeo-Discuss] Harnessing the digital potential to drive higher education transformation in Africa
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Sun Oct 28 02:16:00 PDT 2018
Science and Education Ministers from some African countries, over 85 Vice Chancellors from universities across Africa as well as key scientists from across the world came together last week (22-26 October 2018) in Nairobi, Kenya as part of the Sixth African Higher Education Week and the RUFORUM Biennial Conference<http://www.ruforum.org/Biennial2018/node/3> for discussing ideas for “Aligning African Universities to accelerate attainment of Africa's Agenda 2063”. These meetings were hosted by the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education and 12 RUFORUM member universities in Kenya.
I was invited as lead speaker to address on the topic of “Harnessing the digital potential to drive higher education transformation in Africa”. I used the opportunity to share ideas on GeoForAll and requested all Vice Chancellors and colleagues to contribute ideas for enabling the Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress for everyone through Open Principles in Science and Education. We need to take urgent steps to reduce the digital divide and enable opportunities for everyone to benefit from digital economy opportunities.
GeoForAll is a simple idea powered by a global community who are all working for a selfless aim on providing Open Education opportunities for all. I want to thank the organisers to inviting me and providing me the opportunity to share ideas on Open principles in Science and Education. Access to quality education and entrepreneurship opportunities is key for getting rid of extreme poverty and enable broadly shared prosperity for all. We look forward to working and building collaborations with all interested on our open education mission.
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