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Digital education with Africa Cloud

At a glance

The improvement of educational opportunities is one of the core aims of German development cooperation, especially if it advances the sustainable development goal of “inclusive and equitable quality education” set out in the UN’s Agenda 2030. Africa Cloud was created as a digital flagship project for that specific purpose.

Digital learning can lower educational costs over the medium term and enable students to set their own learning pace and learning rhythm. That poses tremendous potential, particularly for developing countries. However, it also assumes that the educational material reflects local, cultural and linguistic contexts, which often requires the development of local expertise in e-learning (i.e. using electronic media to learn and teach), the training of local tutors and the transfer of knowledge about quality assurance and about the special didactic needs of digital learning.

Web-based trainings (WBT) – interactive multimedia educational material – can be provided online via a learning management system (LMS) and used for independent study or with guidance provided by teletutors. The programmes range from small services that cover specific subjects to broad-based learning platforms that are also used in schools and universities.

In many African countries, disadvantaged groups of different educational backgrounds have poor access to educational material and lifelong learning programmes. This is particularly true for women, girls and rural residents. As a result, African government institutions, the private sector and civil society cannot roll out their current educational solutions to large swathes of the population, denying these people employment opportunities in the labour markets. The Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development’s development cooperation activities include conducting a large number of bilateral initiatives to promote quality education along the educational chain or supporting these initiatives through multifarious non-governmental institutions. The German government also supports basic education in over 70 partner countries by making financial contributions to the multilateral education funds Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and Education Cannot Wait.

 

Education and gender equality

Gender equality, particularly the reduction of discrimination against women and girls, is an integral part of all programmes. In addition, the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development specifically promotes measures to improve the use of digital technologies and the teaching of digital skills in partner countries. These measures, conducted as part of the eSkills4Girls initiative, specifically aim to reduce the “digital gap” between men and women. The ministry and partner governments will jointly pick future projects to carry out as part of bilateral government development cooperation.

Implementation

The Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development’s development cooperation activities include conducting a large number of bilateral initiatives to promote quality education along the educational chain or supporting these initiatives through multifarious non-governmental institutions. The German government also supports basic education in over 70 partner countries by making financial contributions to the multilateral education funds Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and Education Cannot Wait.

Africa Cloud

Our Africa Cloud flagship project empowers African users to acquire the skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs through innovative digital knowledge and learning platforms. The project thus enables people of various educational backgrounds to be reached more broadly and effectively in selected African partner countries.

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