Distance Education for Africa (DeAfrica) is an educational organization based in Nairobi, Kenya whose objective is to relieve poverty, promote ICT and improve access to efficient and effective world-class training and education courses to poor communities in Africa.
DeAfrica’s current program reaches students in Kenya, Nigeria, Burundi, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana and South Sudan in such curricula as English language education, information and communications technology (“ICT”), journalism, cyber security & information assurance and computer science. In addition, DeAfrica offers short professional and continuing educational courses from American and Canadian universities such as Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Laval University in Quebec, among others.
DeAfrica has the capacity to tailor on-demand training programs for residential and distance education purposes, but is currently unable to access remote, marginalized communities due to their lack of access to electricity. DeAfrica could provide educational opportunities and new careers for communities and professionals based in marginalized communities throughout Africa if it had the funding to provide off-grid solutions to facilitate learning through computers, televisions, and the subsequent blending learning opportunities. Specifically, DeAfrica courses ensure:
- Easy access to user friendly relevant training and reference materials;
- Acquisition of new skills to stay competitive in today’s career environment;
- Continuity in technical development;
- Enhanced professional skills and knowledge;
- Improved expertise in the area of training;
- Increased marketability and resource mobilization;
- Upgraded technical skills and credentials; and
- Insights on networking value and global partnerships.
DeAfrica’s goal is to utilize its distance learning programs to reach a wide range of individuals who would not encounter these opportunities otherwise. Individuals would be able to earn a high quality education within their rural communities without having to travel far distances. Our current course delivery methods include:
Moodle: Moodle is an asynchronous open source platform used in e-learning.
Blackboard Collaborate: Blackboard is a synchronous platform. Through this platform, instructors can deliver their courses live as in a classroom setting.
E-books: Students can learn at their own pace with e-books with just an internet connection.
With the help of DeAfrica, connected students have found jobs and advanced careers so they can build a better life for themselves and their families.
DeAfrica was registered in the year 2011 as an education company and later transitioned into a non-governmental organization in 2013 based on the objectives of the institution.