ITU Launches E-Learning Platform for Spanish and Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa

Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:30

A milestone has been reached in the development of human capacity for the ICT community within the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries in Africa with the official launch of its own dedicated e-learning platform. The platform was inaugurated by the Mozambican Deputy Minister for Transport and Communication, Mr. Eusebio Saide on 28 May 2012 at the TDM Training Centre in Maputo, Mozambique. Present at the launch were the representatives of Mozambique Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (INCM), Mozambique Telecom (TDM) and the Ambassador of Portugal in Mozambique, Mr. Mario Godinho de Matos. The Inauguration was set at the beginning of a 5 day e-learning train the trainer workshop which was attended by training participants from Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe.

In his speech the Deputy Minister applauded the ITU for the tremendous capacity building work that has been achieved through the Centre of Excellence, adding that “We find the the Centre of excellence is actually contributing to a greater autonomy of the communications sector in the beneficiary countries- Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe.’’ With respect to the E- learning platform the minister said that the government of Mozambique sees this as the best way forward towards self-sustainability in education.

The Managing Director of TDM Mr. Zainadin Dalsuco stated that the platform would promote lifelong learning in the work place and optimize the management of cost, time and distance.

The platform was purchased as part of the capacity building efforts under the ITU’s Center of Excellence project for Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. The objective behind purchasing the platform was to develop stand-alone e-learning capabilities for the Spanish and Portuguese ICT sector community in the beneficiary countries. Phase 1 of this sub-project involved identification and purchase of the necessary hardware and software. The equipment was installed at the TDM training center in Maputo, Mozambique following unanimous decision of the 2nd Steering Committee meeting held in Sao Tome & Principe on the 24 -25 Nov 2009. The 2nd phase which has just been embarked on involves the training of trainers from the different countries on how to develop e-learning content and how to conduct an e-learning training session. The 3rd and final phase will involve conducting the training with participants from the various countries.

The platform will be able to support workshops and classroom training programs in the form of blended learning. It is driven on Moodle as a Learning Management System and Joomla as a Content Management System .

Now that the platform is up and running, it is the hope of the ITU-D Human Capacity Building Division that the region will fully exploit this existing technology and derive maximum benefit from the readily available services offered by the platform. The platform makes it possible to overcome the constraints of cost, distance and time.

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