Alumni Testimonials: African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society Development Course (ALICT/LATIC)

“People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message.” – Mark Zuckerberg The “African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society Development (ALICT) /Leadership Africain en TIC et développment de Société du Savoir (LATIC)” programme has been implemented over two phases across 16 African countries covering Southern, Eastern, West and North Africa Regions.  The African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society Development course recorded 497 graduates from Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and …   Read More

Déjà vu: A legacy of repeated mistakes in National ICT in Education Initiatives

One of the first activities in my professional career was to participate in the Technology-Enhanced Learning Investigation of the South African Department of Education in the early 1990s, which ultimately led to the establishment of the South African White Paper on e-Education. This policy was gazetted in 2004 and, at the time, widely lauded as being the most comprehensive policy on ICT in education on the continent, although very few of its policy objectives were ever achieved. Since then, I spent considerable time researching, documenting, and evaluating ICT in education initiatives on the continent; for example in an extensive report …   Read More

Towards a new Futures-based decision-making Framework for Senior leaders in Africa

Leadership paradigms inform decisions. As a result, leadership decisions inform policy. Therefore, it is reasonable to investigate whether the quality of decision-making by African leaders is sufficiently sophisticated, given the complexity of challenges facing the continent. One of the key dimensions of high quality decision-making is the extent to which such decisions are futures-based. This may seem self-evident, but the pervasiveness of reductionist (characterised by segmentation and sub-optimisation), positivistic (lacking vision beyond what is immediately apparent), past-based and short-term decision-making is evident from current challenges, once considered to be viable solutions. Part of the explanation for such flawed decision-making may …   Read More

TEACHING SCIENCE AS A WAY OF THINKING

INTRODUCTION What is it about Science which makes it an unattractive choice for many students today? While STEM aims to draw more students into learning science so as to produce more mathematicians, engineers and scientists, fewer students are seeing Science as an attractive option today. Science curricula and science education policies need to be aligned with the intent of drawing more students into learning and enjoying the subject better. How can such a change be initiated? THE NEED Despite many laudable initiatives to design curricula that connect scientific concepts to the learner’s own context, Science is often learnt as a …   Read More

Expert perspectives: Key Drivers of Youth Entrepreneurship

Last week, we wrote about the 7 Theses of GESCI-AKE Creative Media Venture for Youth Entrepreneurship: Context matters significantly; Entrepreneurial education needs to be flexible; Everything is entrepreneurial; Both digital and physical platforms matter; Your niche is important; No success without collaboration; and Support should be ongoing. We asked internal and external experts in the field — of creative industries, media business management, youth start-up incubation, start-up PR, and corporate innovation — what they considered as key drivers of Youth Entrepreneurship. We were thrilled to find that our theses are also theirs. Our warmest thanks to the contributors! Now, let us …   Read More

Lessons from GESCI-AKE: 7 Theses about Youth Entrepreneurship

GESCI is currently running an innovative education-entrepreneurship program for young digital media creatives. This post is based on the GESCI-AKE projects of the program: The Sound of the City (2014-2015), and GESCI-AKE Creative Media Venture (2016-2017). Both projects have been rooted in the ongoing, urgent, and increasingly global, concern of sustainable future of work for the world’s youth. We have collected some take-aways on youth entrepreneurship for you to consider. Please feel free to comment below: What of the following resonates with you? What do you find useful in your own field? What do you think could be added to …   Read More

Raising the bar: How ICT can elevate the status of teachers and teaching in the SDG agenda

Here is a simple truth about education: improving the motivation and social status of teachers improves the quality of their teaching,1 which results in better students and a better society. While a decline in teachers’ prestige is a global phenomenon,2 the challenge is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa.3 Teachers’ status is determined by a variety of factors, including the faulty perception that teaching is a “profession of last resort” requiring minimal skills and training.4 Other factors include low salary, which is correlated with low prestige, and the extent to which local teachers perform at a global standard.   ICT Offers Access …   Read More