Participants of the just ended conference of African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) in Tanzania have called on regulators of the education sector in Africa to remove all obstacles to accessing Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Education in their respective countries.
They observed that limiting ODL Education is tantamount to depriving majority of the African populace of formal education, a situation that would run counter to building of needed human capital to prosecute the development agenda of the continent.
The two-day ACDE dual-prong conference, 21st Programme Steering Committee and 37th Executive Board Meeting, which ended on March 15, was held at the Open University of Tanzania(OUT) and attended by Vice Chancellors and/or their representatives of African Open and Distance educational institutions.
In a post event interview, Miss Belinda Bornmai, lecturer and Laweh Open University representative at the conference, noted that ODL is improving at pace more than anticipated on the continent and that many African countries are embracing ODL Education because of its immense benefits.
Participants, according to Miss Bornmai, stressed the importance of learner-centred method of teaching and learning of the ODL Education as it created the opportunity for learners to be analytical and widened their horizon.
They were of the standpoint that the focus on ODL Education should be its impact on learners rather than its acceptance, an issue which they described as having been transcended long ago.
The Conference looked, among other issues, at ‘ Strengthening E-learning Capacity Globally ’; matters arising from the 36th ACDE Executive Board Meeting; and Executive Director’s Report on the ACDE Secretariat activities for period, September, 2018—March, 2019