African digital education supported by Germany
13 October 2017
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Special Representative for Africa was in Mauritius last week for eLearning Africa's 2017 conference, where he revealed the scale of German support for digital education.
eLearning Africa is an annual three-day event which connects professionals from the world of tech, education, business, politics and more.
Merkel's Special Representative for Africa, Guenter Nooke, a former member of the Bundestag, told the conference that:
"At the beginning of this year, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development - BMZ - launched its own strategy to systematically integrate ICT in its development cooperation...Our focus continent is Africa - over the period of 2016-2017, BMZ has allocated around 100 million euros for digital projects in all sectors through its Digital Africa initiative. Digital education plays an important role in the BMZ Digital Agenda."
Nooke gave several examples of German support for digital education in Africa. These included ICT programmes to improve teacher training in rural areas in Mozambique and Malawi and using ICT to improve both access to, and the quality of, education for refugees.