The 2010-2011 Annual Report highlights activities of the African Virtual University (AVU) undertaken during the financial years: July 2009 to June 2010; and July 2010 to June 2011. During this period, the AVU continued to increase impact and gained recognition for its work in Africa and beyond. The AVU continued to expand its activities, but at the same time faced new challenges.
The AVU Multinational Project I, which was implemented in 10 countries and funded by the African Development Bank, exceeded expectations of both the AVU and its donors. This led to the preparations for the second phase of the project which is expected to build on its gains and extend benefits to 21 African countries.
The AVU launched an Open Educational Resource interactive portal called OER@AVU which hosts 219 textbooks of ICT Integration in Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Education, ICT Basic Skills and Bachelor of Education professional courses. The courses are available freely to institutions and individuals in Africa and beyond. From December 2010 to June 2011, the materials were accessed some 200,000 times in more than 150 countries and territories worldwide.
The AVU Academic Unit, which is in charge of designing, developing, delivering and monitoring the AVU Academic programs jointly with partner institutions, offered a number of programs, including Certificates in renewable energies, in ICT Basic Skills, in Integration of ICTs in Maths and Sciences programs, and in ICT professional development. Joint certificate were delivered to successful candidates by AVU and the partner institutions.
By December 2010, more than 750 students had been awarded scholarships, 70% of whom were females. The beneficiaries were mainly from Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania, and Somalia.
The AVU continued to offer consulting services which now form the part of AVU core activities and assist the organization in raising funds for its core budget. In line with the AVU Business Plan 2009-2014, the organization engaged more partners across the African continent and beyond, held its bi-annual General Assembly, adopted a new charter, and concluded the Multinational Project I. In October and November 2010, the Republic of Mozambique and the United Republic of Tanzania respectively signed the AVU Charter, joining the growing number of AVU member states.
In partnership with other institutions, the AVU developed the capacity of tertiary institutions in Somalia while enabling refugees in camps to gain access to higher education.
The AVU developed the Virtual Campus for Development and Peace (VCDP) in an effort to address the need for qualified human capital and to foster peace building in conflict zones. The VCDP will offer various courses in an online learning environment designed to offer a flexible mode of delivery, including online, mixed, and face-to face.