AUC, GESCI train future African ICT leaders
GOVERNMENT| Oct. 24, 2012, 9:05 a.m.
The second batch of a post graduate course on the African Leadership in ICT (ALICT) has been launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The 7-month intensive training covering ICTs, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), is an African Union Commission (AUC) initiative, supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented by the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI).
It is aimed at equipping existing and future African leaders with a commanding understanding of the key elements in the development of knowledge societies. The oversight and implementation coordination of the ALICT course at the level of the AUC is done by the Information Society Division within the Department of Infrastructure and Energy.
The successful candidates, who will undergo the course from this month to June 2013, were briefed during a two-day ALICT orientation workshop in Cazanchise, Addis Ababa.
Janne Oksanen, Second Secretary, Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Finland in Ethiopia, highlighted the commitment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland in supporting the ALICT programme and its high quality of oversight and coordination by the AU Commission and implementation by GESCI.
The participants were introduced to key concepts and tool kits on the Knowledge Society (KS) and leadership in the KS as well as the course e-learning platform which include: chats, forums, access to content, resource centre, virtual work space. The newly registered candidates were taken through the orientation program by two GESCI instructors, Senthil Kumar, Deputy Programme Manager of ALICT and Juho Mikkonen, Blended Learning Specialist. Both instructors presented the ALICT course organization, delivery, course structure, module sequence, timelines, assessment, certification among others.
Kumar explained that the ALICT course is online distance learning aimed to build the capacity of future African leaders to contribute effectively to the development of knowledge societies by imparting new leadership skills to them. “These new leadership skills will provide participants with the attitudes, ideas, management tools, and strategies to act as change agents, assisting their ministries and organisations to develop coherent and well aligned polices in Education, ICT and STI” he underlined.
Participants of the ALICT course are drawn from the middle and senior management officials in Ministries of Education (including Higher Education and TVET), ICT, Science and Technology, Planning and Finance; public organizations (including program implementing agencies) relevant to the identified Knowledge Society pillars; and other key identified organizations.
The laureates of this course will be awarded a joint AUC/GESCI certificate equivalent to a postgraduate University diploma.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
APC judgment: NCC seeks stay of executionNCC is seeking a stay of execution of judgement following a notice of appeal against the High Court judgement that it violated the rights of the APC. Read More
Digital can overcome Africa’s challenges – Ivory Coast PMAfrica has serious challenges and to overcome them, the continent needs to go the digital route, Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan said at the 2015 Africa IT & Telecom Forum (AITTF) last week. Read More
NCC postpones 2.6GHz spectrum auction againNigeria’s telecoms industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has again postponed the proposed auctioning of the 2.6 gigahertz (GHZ) spectrum band it started about two week ago. Read More
Public private partnerships panacea to broadband development, says Etisalat chiefChief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group, Ahmad Julfar has identified public private partnership (PPP) as one approach that could help African countries boost broadband development. He argued that access to broadband is a basic right for everyone. Read More
Experts commend Rwanda as a model in using ICT and e-GovernancePolicy makers and experts in ICT gathered in Kigali for the Commonwealth e-Governance Forum Africa from 24-25 March 2015 have commended Rwanda as a model in using ICT and e-Governance for sustainable development. Read More
Pay APC N500m, court orders NCC, telcos - NCC appealsAs the presidential election draws near, a Federal High Court has ordered the regulator of the telecoms sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and five other telcos to pay the All Progressives Congress (APC) the sum of N500 million for unlawfully shutting down the party’s presidential campaign fund-raising platform. Read More
CPC reads riot act to telcos, banks, others over consumer rights breachesNigeria’s Director-General, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mrs. Dupe Atoki, has warned telcos, banks, Pay TV service providers and others in the country that end is near for the flagrant abuse of customers’ rights. Read More
Togo launches Digital School Togo projectThe West African nation of Togo has launched the pilot phase of ‘Digital School Togo’, a project that is aimed at introducing digital technology in teaching and underpinning the critical importance of ICTs in the education system. Read More
Ghana Presidency gets a new E-Cabinet platformGhana’s cabinet on Thursday witnessed a major boost as the President John Dramani Mahama unveiled a new E–Cabinet platform to used by himself and members of his cabinet. Read More
FEATURED STORY2bn priced out of internet access
A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHVillagers get solar training at Barefoot College
The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.