The African Virtual University (AVU) to launch a Distance Learning Facility at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria
NAIROBI, July 24th, 2015 – In a move designed to provide African learners with greater access to higher and continuing education opportunities, the African Virtual University (AVU) in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching 27 Open Distance and eLearning Centers (ODeL) in 21 African countries over the next months. The next launch will take place in Nigeria at the University of Port Harcourt on 28th July 2015. Three centres have been launched in Sudan, Cape Verde and Ghana. Subsequent launches will take place in 18countries. Dr. Bakary Diallo, Rector of the AVU will participate in the launch ceremonies alongside officials from government, AfDB representatives and partner organisations.
The 21 beneficiary countries are: nine (9) Francophone African Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; three (3) Lusophone African Countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and eight (9) Anglophone African Countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania. The centres will strengthen AVU’s network. They will be co-located in 27 institutions across the countries. The centres are set up within the framework of the AVU Multinational Project II funded by the AfDB. The AVU had successfully inaugurated 10 centres in 10 countries during a first phase in 2009/2010.
The expansion will strengthen the capacity of more universities to mainstream open, distance and eLearning into their existing curricula, create a community of peers that will generate original research on eLearning methodologies and will also help universities generate a long-term and sustainable revenue base.
“This initiative is driven by our desire to prepare the African learners and professionals to better contribute to the socio-economic development of the continent. AVU’s role is to ensure that people have access to the 21st Century skills that they will need to advance themselves and the continent” noted Dr. Bakary Diallo, AVU’s Rector.
The main purpose of the ODeL Centre is to act as a physical hub for the creation, organization and sharing of knowledge and the development of online and blended mode programs such as the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
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About AVU :
African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization with a mandate to significantly increase access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies.
The AVU was established in 1997 when eLearning was still in its infancy in the West and it has since trained more than 43,000 students and established the largest network of Distance and eLearning institutions in 29 African Countries. The AVU works across language divide in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.
The AVU is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with a regional office in Dakar, Senegal.