Connect with us

Africa

Introducing Blended Learning into Africa’s Recipe of Educational Success

Jens Ischebeck

Published

on

I contend that the educational system in Africa is ripe with reforms, both in terms of the physical infrastructure by means of which educational content is delivered and in terms of how education is in theory and in spoken form.

The main reason for the urgent need for educational reform in Africa is that the continent has millions of young, ambitious and potential learners who are facing monumental barriers to achieving basic education.

The United Nations (UN) has estimated that Africa has a very ‘youthful population’, with over 200 million people currently living on the continent aged between 18 and 34.

As the UN highlights in this study, this immense number of youthful population could be a source of great opportunity. With the right educational footing, these are the doctors, scientists, writers and engineers of the future and of their generation.

However, the UN notes, the continent’s youthful population growth into contributing to the economic growth in their respective countries has stagnated due to lack of jobs and educational opportunities. The report indicates that there’s pressure suppressed to this youthful number by their families. Most, especially young women have had to abandon their educational goals in order to feed or care for family members.

The domino effect is that such cases lead to acute dangers in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where huge swathes of youths join rebel groups for lack of leadership and career related opportunities which have proven to motivate young minds to study or take up a different way of life.

Another challenge in the current African education structure is the lack of high quality transport infrastructure where in most parts of the country learners are not able to reach schools within a reasonable timeline. Though Africa is home to some of the world’s top universities for instance the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Elsewhere, in some part of the continent such as in Niger, there is only one university to cater to thousands if not millions of would be students.

Even in one of the wealthiest countries such as South Africa, schools have been deemed to be lacking the necessary infrastructure to implement the nation’s admirable educational policies. The situation is worse in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural and/or desert areas where children and young people practically have no means of reaching a school in order to participate in conventional classroom teaching on a regular basis.

On the flipside, Africa is a continent which is highly internet literate. It often surprises my readers when they learn that even in the poorest parts of Africa, 70% of citizens own a mobile phone and that in general, communities in Sub-Sahara Africa are more likely to have an internet connection than to have adequate supplies of food and water.

In addition, young Africans are particularly engaged and entrepreneurial when it comes to developing and downloading smartphone apps. Though, when compared to statistics for app downloads in the rest of the world, the app market in Africa remains relatively untapped.

Currently, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana has the largest number of app downloaders. The challenge is to stimulate and develop this trend for it to take shape and develop into the Sub-Saharan part of the African continent.

All of this data on the current situation in Africa indicates that distance education(embracing everything from MOOC to m-learning based around smartphone apps, and from e-learning conducted via video streamed lectures to other types of online courses) is the way forward for Africa. If implemented correctly, e-learning strategies could surmount to infrastructure related success such as in the case demonstrated in the four countries and provide educational opportunities to Africa in large with its growing and youthful population.

This could open doors to adult learners who missed out on primary and/ or secondary education in their youth. The crucial aspect at the moment is to implement MOOC and other e-learning strategies correctly.

My research suggests that blended learning is the best way to go ahead with in e-learning.

Below is an evaluation of blended learning strategies which consist of how they can help young minds in Africans learn.

Blended learning: a working definition, what does it all mean?

Blended learning means a mixture of classical learning strategies and online education measures. As its name indicates, it is a ‘blend’ of online and offline learning techniques.

One great example of blended learning would be a university campus that allows students to stream some of their lectures online from any location of their choice. The Online Business School is an example of this approach. Located in UK, you can study from at home from all over the world, completely online. 

Another blended learning strategy which might combine online and offline distance education is whereby students are encouraged to access online resources in order to conduct their research. Students are allowed to submit essays and assessments and receive feedback by post.

These are just two examples of the ways in which different educational methods can be blended together. When implementing a blended learning strategy, the important thing is to ensure that the blend is specifically tailored to suit the needs of the individual learners and their environments. Video streamed lectures are less necessary in a university where students all live on campus and the infrastructure is provided by their government.

Further logic indicates that providing lectures which can be accessed online might have the effect of demotivating such students and depriving them access to a readily available embodied classroom experience. However, this type of distance education tool is perfect for learners in very remote areas who find it impossible to attend the lectures in person.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Africa

Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) Honors Digital Media Specialist and News Publisher, Mr Rajesh Devjee for Connecting Africa with the Rest of the World

Brian Kazungu

Published

on

Mr Rajesh Devjee

Brian Kazungu, 05/05/2021

The 1873 Network, through its Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) project in partnership with Connections2Communities and Africa Heritage Society has honored, Digital Media Specialist and News Publisher, Mr Rajesh Devjee by inducting him into the 10 000 Points of Light Hall of Fame.

A member-based non-profit organization, 1873 Network was founded and established in South Africa in order to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in the African continent based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors.

Its 10 000 Points of Light initiative is aimed at identifying and honoring 10 000 individuals in Africa who are recognized as shining examples in their respective communities and industries because of the great work they do to raise the African continent’s flag high

Mr Devjee who is the Chairman and CEO of the SA-INDIA Magazine and DISCOVER247, a global digital corporate directory, is being honored for providing media and digital solutions for SMEs and big Corporations in South Africa and many other countries across the world.

His well-read SA-INDIA magazine which has been in the market for almost two decades in print form is now being adapted into the digital format in response to its global demand especially for people who want to keep abreast with events in Africa, India and many other continents.

The SA-INDIA magazine has over the years managed to connect many Indians in the diaspora especially business people, celebrities and tourists with opportunities and real time events that are happening in Africa and in India.

A Visionary Entrepreneur, Socialite, Influencer and Humanitarian, Rajesh is well known for his creativity, drive and leadership skills which is credited for great results in corporate circles and thus helping businesses to have good returns on investment.

Rajesh is also actively engaged in UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) media engagements as well as in the Priyanka’s Chopras “Girl Rising Foundation.

The induction ceremony for the 10 000 Points of Light members including Rajesh was held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT in Sandton, Johannesburg, where many game changers were acknowledged for their outstanding work in their different respective industries.

Banking on Africa’s Future, Director of Programs, Mr. Jagjit Singh said that Rajesh’s induction into the 10 000 Points of Light of Hall Fame is in recognition of his brilliant ideas and positive actions that helps to transform Africa into a progressive, prosperous and inclusive continent.

He added that “Mr Devjee has a track record of creating opportunities for others and has a passion for developing this continent. The business solutions and platforms that he has created helps people to look at Africa and its citizens with respect.”

While commenting on Rajesh’s recognition and induction, Africa Heritage Chairman, Mr Mutumwa Mawere said “Anyone who strives to ensure that Africa regains its glory despite his/her racial, academic and cultural background is a Point of Light that makes the continent to shine bright.

Such people deserve to be acknowledged, to be celebrated and to be promoted so that the rest of the African population can be inspired to take action that advances the interests of this great continent.

Rajesh has been such a person and thus our unanimous decision to induct him in the 10 Points of Light Hall of Fame.”

On the same occasion, Management Consultant, Ms. Janice Greaver said “to have people from the African continent who come up with such innovative business solutions such as DISCOVER247 which connects businesses to businesses and yet at the same time promoting easy engagement with clients is revolutionary.

If you check on the DISCOVER247 business directory, you see businesses and professionals from all over the world and yet the brains behind it is one of us, a person who calls Africa his home. That on its own is enough inspiration to the youngsters in our communities.

I am so excited to witness such greatness in my lifetime and for that, I would like to congratulate and wish Rajesh all the best in his quest to promote the African continent through his great ideas and good deeds.

As a business consultant, I recommend entrepreneurs to make use of such platforms such as DISCOVER247 and to promote their products in the SA-INDIA magazine because of the global reach which creates a lot of opportunities for African businesses to many other parts of the world.” Janice explained.

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

Mobile#: +27 67 138 0593

Websites:        www.1873network.com

Follow us on Twitter:    @ahsociety, @1873Network, @C2C

Follow us on Facebook:    The Africa Heritage Society, C2C Initiative, BOAF

Continue Reading

Africa

Martial Arts Supremo and Shotokan Karate-Do International South Africa (SKISA) President, Mr Sonny Pillay Recognized among Africa’s Beacons of Hope

Brian Kazungu

Published

on

Mr Sonny Pillay

Brian Kazungu, 04/05/2021

South African based, Mr Sonny Pillay, a martial arts supremo and President of the Shotokan Karate-do International South Africa (SKISA) has been recognized by the 1873 Network’s Banking on Africa’s Future as a shining light and a beacon of hope for the continent.

1873 Network, a member-based non-profit organization established in South Africa which is founded to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors

Banking on Africa’s Future awarded the Karate Chief Instructor with a Certificate of Induction into the 10 000 Points of Light of Hall Fame in recognition of his brilliant ideas and positive actions that helps to transform Africa into a progressive, prosperous and inclusive continent.

The 10 000 Points of Light which refers to individuals who are recognized as shining examples in their respective communities and industries because of the great work they do to raise the continent’s flag high

Mr. Pillay will be formally inducted among the 10 000 Points of Light on Friday, the 7th of May at an exclusive dinner organized on his behalf by Banking On Africa’s Future (BOAF) in collaboration with Connections2Communities (C2C) and Africa Heritage Society at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The veteran and award winning Karataker, Mr Pillay is the President of Karate South Africa (KSA) and Commonwealth Karate Federation (CKF) as well as an executive member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) Technical Commission (one of eleven from around the World).

BOAF is an initiative of the 1873 Network, a member-based not-for-profit organization established in South Africa, founded to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors.

Mr. Singh, Director of BOAF -10,000 POL initiative said: “I called Mr. Pillay to inform him of BOAF’s unanimous decision to nominate and induct him into the 10,000 Point of Light – Hall of Fame and was elated to hear his acceptance.

It gave him great pleasure to see Mr. Pillay accepting the nomination and recognition of being regarded as a shining light and a beacon of hope for the continent.

Mr. Pillay believes that the self-defense sport that has been part of his life for a long time should be incorporated into the African education system as part of the drive towards the Africa that we deserve and that is required to deliver a better promise of life.

Karate is a necessary vehicle to address the socio-economic challenges that Africa faces.

On the 2nd of February 2021, he was re-elected with an overwhelming majority for a successive third term as President of KSA with a record turnout of 28 Regions and 8 Provinces.

“Mr. Pillay’s life is rich and pregnant with constructive, positive, inspiring, pathfinding, illuminating, and forward leaning ideas and actions that have helped and continue to shine in the arena of the ideal of active citizenship.

The Africa I Want is incomplete without the stories of people like him and as such, I have no hesitation to regard him as my role model and as such a source of inspiration.

Notwithstanding, the fact that he is a dinsquished African who has received a myriad of awards, he humbly accepted our award and to let his light shine together with other African actors in this exciting building of community power initiative.” Singh said.

In acknowledging the recognition for induction to a family of people who are inspiring Africa towards greatness and putting the continent on the limelight, Mr Pillay said: “It is my singular honor and privilege to humbly accept this award on behalf of the KSA family and my personal behalf.

I am eternally grateful to my good friend, Mr. JJ Singh, for this gesture and this speaks volumes on what I have cherished and practiced during my journey of life. When you choose to serve humanity, others notice.

I am also grateful for the karate community for giving me the opportunity to serve.”

A representative from iniAfrica News, the Banking on Africa’s Future media partner said besides contributing to the news content in the media industry, inspiring stories and achievents of people like Mr. Pillay is the right ingredient which Africa needs in order to redefine its image:

“We’re extremely proud of Mr. Pillay’s role and contribution to the karate fraternity. As a person from Africa, his victories and achievements always puts the continent in the path of regaining its long lost gory.

One of the things that is most exciting to us is seeing how the BOAF platform is helping to bring individuals forward so that their life stories can be told as they happen. As a news platform, we are always excited and ready to be a conduit for the expression of Africa’s greatness as represented by people like Mr. Pillay. Said the iniAfrica representative.

Management Consultant, as well as C2C, AHS and BOAF member, Ms. Janice Greaver said: “Just like sporting excellence, building a better Africa is never easy but each candle despite its colour makes the room brighter and helps everyone to see better.

Having been introduced to Mr. Pillay’s background and accomplishments, I am encouraged to know that Africa has depth in diversity and I am inspired to see the 10 000 Points of Light project being successfully implemented through my active participation.

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

Mobile#: +27 67 138 0593

Websites:        www.1873network.com

Follow us on Twitter:    @ahsociety, @1873Network, @C2C

Follow us on Facebook:    The Africa Heritage Society, C2C Initiative, BOAF

Continue Reading

Africa

Pym Tembo Raises the Accounting Profession’s Flag High as He Gets Inducted in the Banking on Africa’s Future’s Family of the Continent’s Torch Bearers

Brian Kazungu

Published

on

Mr. Pym Tembo

Brian Kazungu, 04/05/2021

Accountant, Pym Tembo has raised the Accounting profession’s flag high by getting inducted in the Banking on Africa’s Future’s Family of the continent’s torch bearers, the 10 000 Points of Light Hall.

Tembo is the founder and CEO of PDT & Co. Certified Chartered Accountants & Tax Practitioners which is located on 74 Van Riebeeck Avenue, Edenvale, in South Africa’s Gauteng province – http://www.pdtco.co.za

1873 Network is a member-based non-profit organization established in South Africa which is founded to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors

Baking on Africa’s Future awarded the business man with a Certificate of Induction into the 10 000 Points of Light of Hall Fame in recognition of his brilliant ideas and positive actions that helps to transform Africa into a progressive, prosperous and inclusive continent.

The 10 000 Points of Light which refers to individuals who are recognized as shining examples in their respective communities and industries because of the great work they do to raise the continent’s flag high

The induction ceremony, which was a collaborative initiative between BOAF, Connections2Communities (C2C) and the Africa Heritage Society was held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg.

BOAF -10,000 POL Project Director, Mr. Singh described Tembo as a soldier who is hands-on and added that the mainstay of the 1873 Network is the belief that an individual is the driver of change and that the earth’s greatest treasures acquire value through the agency of human beings.

“It is always encouraging to see forward leaning people who when provoked, respond positively and can see opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible.” Mr Singh said.

Mr. Tembo said: “I am excited to be part of this family. I had no hesitation to be in the bus because I know that it is in my interests to broaden and deepen my reach.

I think it’s necessary to build greater capacity and sharing of skills. There are times we need not compete but unify in order to make a greater impact.

He further highlighted that setting up a network of professionals in the Accounting field helps to reduce client acquisition costs hungry for business and any network.

I see myself as BOAF and therefore being recognized today, the very same day that Mr. Mawere is launching his book, When Minds Meet, gives me a bridge to increase my network.

My firm is open for business and I hope that as a shining Points of Light, I will play my part to make sure that we reach the target sooner rather than later especially considering that membership to this prestigious network is only investment of only R1, 000 per year.

In the pursuit of my dreams, I have followed people like Mr. Mawere and I know that his LinkedIn community of 30,000 members which is three times bigger than the BOAF-POL target is a resource that I can also tap from.

I need to borrow some of Mr. Mawere’s contacts and it seems obvious that the only way to conveniently access his net worth is by converting myself from a connection to a community of shared values and opportunities.”

In celebrating the induction of an Accountant into the family of Africa’s torch bearers, Management Consultant and BOAF member, Ms. Janice Greaver said: “It was only yesterday that I was trying to imagine what it would take to ignite people to see value in the power of association.

I am only realizing that all this time I have been waiting for others to show me where the money is yet if I am a consultant as I am, I do not need to be reminded that I am in the peoples’ business and anytime I meet a new face, I automatically see a supplier or buyer of my value add.

Now I know where to go for my tax returns and corporate questions. I am happy to have another Chartered Accountant in my circle, thanks to the Banking On Africa’s Future – 10 000 Points Of Light initiative.”

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

Mobile#: +27 67 138 0593

Websites:        www.1873network.com

Follow us on Twitter:    @ahsociety, @1873Network, @C2C

Follow us on Facebook:    The Africa Heritage Society, C2C Initiative, BOAF

Follow us on Facebook:    the Africa Heritage Society, C2C Initiative, BOAF

Continue Reading

Trending