A Southern Africa ICT for Education summit is set to be held in Zimbabwe in January 2012. The summit will be held under the patronage of the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts & Culture and it’s being facilitated by AfricaBrains. Other sponsors of the summit include Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, NEC, and MacMillan.
According to the event news release, the summit is aimed at establishing partnerships and procurement between the ministries and education and the private sector in Southern Africa.
Participants at the summit include education ministries in Southern and East Africa, educational institutions, international development agencies like the African Development Bank, African Union, and UNESCO as well as businesses implementing ICT, E-learning, M-learning, electronic publishing, technical and vocational training.
The release also has a comment by David Coltart on the holding of the summit:
It is essential to deliver investment in ICT for education through strong partnerships with international and local technology leaders. This summit represents the ideal opportunity for business and government to enter into bilateral discussions for e-learning, m-learning, improving connectivity & capacity, developing digital content & storage, electronic publishing, strengthening pedagogical programs for science & mathematics teaching and building long-term public-private partnerships for education. With that in mind and our strong commitment to this summit, we encourage the participation of companies and organisations who wish to benefit from this opportunity to engage with ministerial officials from the Southern African countries all under one roof.
More about this summit can be read on the AfricaBrains site.