AfDB sets event to continue STI forum held last month

The African Development Bank has set up a 2-day workshop from 23 May set to follow up from the recommendations of the Science, Technology and Innovation in Action parallel session on “eLearning, mLearning, eHealth and mHealth” that stemmed from the First Africa Forum on Science Technology and Innovation (STI) held in Nairobi early last month.

AfDB says the session will also continue the discussion on how e-learning, e-health and m-health programmes can be designed, developed and implemented in Africa by public and private sectors – including NGOs, research institutions and universities in Africa.

The session will also display some of the world’s top solutions for eLearning, eHealth and mHealth in a bid to solve some of Africa’s most pressing problems in education and health.

The bank said it aims to use the workshop as part of its Human Capital development strategy, which aims at promoting inclusive growth and capturing the dividend of a young and large working population in Africa to help countries compete in the global market and provide employment.

According to the bank, by promoting and supporting development of science technology and innovation in Africa, it helps to move Africa from consumers to producers of knowledge as earlier outlined by the bank’s president, Donald Kaberuka, during the STI Forum.

The session will be a pre-event to the eLearning Africa Conference (eLA) to be held in Benin from May 23 to 25 that the bank says will be the first gathering of ICT experts in Africa since last month’s STI Forum in Nairobi.

“With the STI forum as the starting point, the e-learning pre-event will be the first building block and gathering of experts and policymakers in ensuring the continued North-South and South-South collaborations in STI,” the bank said in a statement.

The bank is yet to communicate the venue.

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