If the next big thing doesn’t come out of Africa, …


The eLearning Africa 2013 report includes my interview with the title “Entrepreneurship Isn’t About Easy Money “. I re-blogged some of the questions with my answers. To read the full interview and report, click here. 

What do you think is the most significant change that needs to happen in order to tackle the education and training challenges that Africa faces?

The first and basic change that should occur is that Africans need to believe that if we don’t solve our problems, no one will. But I think I am too late to state this. Most Africans are already aware of that. The basic change is done.  Education is the key and it all starts at the family level.  Families have the highest responsibility in raising the next generation. I believe the biggest change should happen to tackle education and the challenges we face in Africa is to have a tight relationship between communities and educational institutions.

The Internet infrastructure should be improved. Schools need to be more equipped and open. I have noticed in the schools in Ethiopia that schools are only for the students. This attitude should be changed.  Higher education should work closely with the private sector; students need to get their hands dirty. If education is all about theories, we only need to teach people how to read and write. We need to learn but also practice what we learn. I know these are basic and elementary statements. But these are the essentials.

Education reforms and curriculum revision should be carried out at every level. We should stop teaching, we should start educating.

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Weekend with Geeks

This weekend i spent the whole time with Android application developers at iceAddis. I have met many talented computer freaks who love to code. This event is particularly prepared for Android developers in Ethiopia – Check my entry at ice Website.

Gtug-addishas prepared this event.

Google Technology User Groups (GTUGs) are user groups for people who are interested in Google’s developer technology; everything from the Android and App Engine platforms, to product APIs like the YouTube API and the Google Calendar API, to initiatives like OpenSocial [ref]

This is actually an interesting community for techies. If you feel like geeking you can always participate the upcoming meetings.

Apart from that, Omar left to Tanzania this weekend to represent EiABC and iceEthioia in the coming eLearning Africa conference . So, basically, for the next 11 days, i will only hang out with Ramy. We will definitely talk about blogs and our insane readers.

Well, I wish for all of you, lovely week days to come.  The judgment day has passed. JD predication only proved there are false prophets around us.