DeAfrica completed training sessions in Computer Security and Web Design from Laval University in Canada for over 60 students in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Burundi and Central African Republic, leading to students getting jobs in telecom companies or starting their own businesses after the program.
In its capacity building efforts and upgrading skills, DeAfrica trained lecturers from Kenyatta University in Kenya and Multimedia University in Kenya on the use of ICT in classroom training.
DeAfrica also introduced a curriculum for learning English, which incorporated the use of e-books. This was one of the greatest achievements and contributions of DeAfrica to higher education in Africa. It is an innovation in teaching and learning. Our lecturers in the USA can even make comments in student’s e-books in Africa. With English class e-books, there are no shipping costs, no storage, and no more physical or out-dated books to be carried by students.
DeAfrica launched its short courses in Cyber Security and Information Assurance in August 2013. There is a need to be abreast with the latest technology trends in Information Assurance and Cyber Security. These short courses are intended for practitioners and faculty in the Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance area. The courses are taught by a professor who is currently managing an online program for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), the biggest online school in the USA.
The DeAfrica International Cyber Security License (ICSL) was launched in April 2015. This is a nine-module program designed to reduce risk, train workforce, and create awareness for students and professionals to combat cyber threats and cyber crimes in Africa. Students and professionals gained insight, information and created awareness and participants are in turn are helping their communities combat cyber fraud.
In September 2015, DeAfrica launched its course on International Relations –Asian Politics with students and professionals from seven African countries. DeAfrica’s course on Asian Politics provides students with broad knowledge across the Asian Region, broad expertise in many areas in Asia, and equips students with the necessary skills in understanding major economic, political and social challenges in Asia.
The Ultimate Goal of this course: “to understand why and how Asia is important in politics, economy and society in the world, and how growing Asia impacts African countries.”
This course is intended to benefit over 50 students and professionals from seven countries, namely Zambia, South-Sudan, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra –Leone
University of Virginia Darden Online African Cohort Scholarship Program
The University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business is partnering with Distance Education for Africa and Coursera to offer an innovative distance learning program. More than 100 African students were awarded scholarships to take a five course sequence leading to a certificate in Business Strategy Specialization, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall. The students participating in this African Cohort Scholarship had to apply to participate, but being a part of the cohort allows them to benefit from oversight from the online learning team at the University of Virginia, and to connect with peers throughout the continent.
Members of the cohort cite a wide variety of benefits of the program, such as the ability to access a quality education, open cultural doors, improve marketing strategy, analyze competition and profit from the encouragement of colleagues.
Dr. Kristin Palmer, director of online learning at UVA, said that the program is uncharted territory with much to learn, but she has called the experience a gratifying one with engaged students eager to participate. Darden Senior Assistant Dean for Degree Programs Michael Koenig, a key facilitator between the two schools, saw the potential to help a diverse group of African students learn from Darden, while building another bridge between Darden and the region. Sidiki Traore, president of Distance Education for Africa, believes that although there is no official measurement of the impact of the scholarships, doors have been opened for some such as allowing students in countries with political difficulties to have access to high quality education by coming in contact with one of the best universities in the world.
AAACE Network Startup Proposal
The African, Asian, and Americas Cooperative Educational (AAACE) Network is a cooperative effort between DeAfrica, Learn Ubuntu Org Inc. and various participating Universities, Colleges, and Learning Centers located in Africa, the Americas, and the Asian Continent. The AAACE Network intends to implement an educational network across the continents of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. To accomplish this we will be using a hybrid of legacy and new technologies. For the start of our rollout we are looking to partner with at least one African University in each major city of African Countries. Initially, we will implement six (6) systems. ABC TV station in New York donated 40 CATV channel modulators for this project. Delivery of media and course content will be via media converted and integrated with existing on campus CATV system as well as via a Moodle courseware server, and streaming media to devices on the University LAN.
Solar/renewable energy and sustainability programs in Africa have come a long way in the last few years.
“Solar for Education & Economic Development” SEED Fund Inc, Annapolis, Maryland
In 2011, SEED Fund Inc provided PV panels for a school, a medical clinic and a mosque, and arranged for their installation in Senegal. A report of the project is available, entitled: “Village Electrification in Thioubalel, Senegal: The building of a Model Solar Community, April 30, 2011.” As stated in the report: “The objective of the overall Program, and for the individual solar electric projects which are the subject of this report, is to assist in the development of environmentally, energy and economically sustainable (EEES) communities.”
DeAfrica and SEED Fund have been working to obtain funding for renewable energy projects, especially with solar/micro-grid energy systems and applications, to improve the lives of rural people in Africa. These projects will help the population in terms of education, agriculture, business development, income generation and saving the lives of many women who fear insecurity in walking alone in order to fetch water.
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