ACDE EXECUTIVE BOARD VISITS GHANA AHEAD OF 6TH CONFERENCE & GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Members of the Executive Board of African Conference for Distance Education (ACDE) have paid an on-site and inspection visit to Ghana as part of preparation towards the 6th ACDE Conference and General Assembly to be hosted by Laweh Open University College, Teshie-Nungua Estates, Accra. The meeting is slated for 24-27 March, 2020.
Members of the seven-member group consisted of Prof. Abdelraouf A. A. Elbadawi, ACDE President and Vice-Chancellor of the Open University of Sudan; Prof. Rotimi Ogidan, ACDE Executive Secretary; Prof. Greg Okagbare, Representative of Vice-Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN); and Prof. Elifas Bisanda, Vice-Chancellor of Open University of Tanzania.
The rest were Dr Antonio Mateus Chimuzu and Eng Domingos Bros Jose Chidassicua, both of Instituto Superior De Ciencias E. Educacao A Distance Direccao Geral, Mozambique; and Dr David Farirai, University of South Africa (UNISA).
The group engaged the staff of Laweh Open University College, under the aegis of its President, Prof. Goski Alabi, on issues of the forthcoming Conference and General Assembly, including the venue, theme and sub-themes for the event, presentations on past Conferences and General Assemblies, and publication of academic paper presentations.
In attendance at the meeting were Yvette Quashie, Association of African Universities (AAU); Peter Kwasi Kodjie, Secretary-General of All-Africa Students’ Union (AASU) and Hilda Nyarkoa, also of AASU. The AAU and AASU are collaborating institutions for hosting the Conference.
As part of the visit, the ACDE Executive Board Members visited the National Council on Tertiary Education (NCTE), the Association of African Universities, and the Tema Port.
In August 2005, the ACDE held its Inaugural Conference and General Assembly at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. The Second Conference and General Assembly was hosted by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2008; third, in 2011 and hosted by the Open University of Tanzania (OUT); fourth, in 2014, hosted by Zimbabwe Open University; and fifth, in 2017 and hosted by the Open University of Sudan.
The ACDE is a continental educational organisation comprising African universities and other higher education institutions, which are committed to expanding access to quality education and training through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) including e-Learning. It is a unifying body of distance education providers and practitioners in Africa.
The mandate of the ACDE is primarily to promote research, policy, and quality in open and distance learning to increase access to education and training in Africa through building capacity, fostering collaboration and partnership, and advocacy.