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eLearning Africa 2012: first keynote speakers confirmed
Tech/ScienceeLearning Africa 2012: first keynote speakers confirmed
The world famous "hole in the wall" experiment conducted in a New Delhi Slum in 1999 showed the value of Minimally Invasive Education - the provocative yet persuasive theory of how children are able to teach themselves with little supervision. The man behind the research, Sugata Mitra, will be a keynote speaker at eLearning Africa 2012 which will be held from May 23rd to 25th in Cotonou, Benin.

eLearning Africa is the Continent's largest annual conference on ICT for development, education and training. It is a prime networking opportunity and an unrivalled platform for discussion amongst decision-makers in government, the private sector and education.

An educator of note, Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in the UK and also Visiting Professor at MIT in the US. His impressive academic profile, extensive experience in ICT for education and his colourful presentation style will make for a lively speech.

Joining Mitra on the line-up of distinguished presenters is Dorcus Muthoni, a Nairobi-based computer scientist and the Chief Executive Officer of Openworld, an e-Government and business technology solutions firm. She is also the founder of the AfChix network which provides mentorship for young women and career support for those already established in the computing field.

Theophilus E. Mlaki, the former Director of Information at the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) will also make a plenary speech at eLearning Africa 2012. Mlaki has an extensive history in the ICT arena including on-going work as the senior advisor in Tanzania for Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) of Canada and as a national coordinator of Swedish Program for ICT for Developing Countries (SPIDER).

For more information on the conference, which is sponsored by Wyse and Microsoft, please visit

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eLearning Africa, 7th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training
May 23 - 25, 2012
Palais des Congrès de Cotonou, Cotonou, Benin
Organisers: ICWE GmbH,, Government of the Republic of Benin
Contact: ICWE GmbH, Ms Andrea Gruenler,,,
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0

Press Contacts
Christian Auchter & Claire Thrower
Tel:  +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0      
Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33

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