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Title Africa’s Online Journey: Online Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author Stephen Haggard - Director of Digital Learning Associates (UK); Executive Chairman of Eneza Education, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest online school


Online higher education in the African continent is a tale of complexity, barriers, setbacks and thin pickings, offering the least development of any emerging market region. (I’m excluding South Africa from this article: the country has a pathway more aligned to mature markets).

With only 4% of the population outside South Africa accessing broadband, and endemic failure in basic education plaguing every African nation, it’s perhaps understandable that higher education institutions (HEIs) thinking about online may dismiss Africa entirely. Connectivity, bandwidth, devices and even power are often scarce, while the cultural and study foundations for independent technology-enabled learning are absent in schools. Staying away is the default option for most global higher education (HE) providers.

That complexity and relative immaturity is also why Africa merits attention. As edtech investor Henry Warren, formerly Pearson’s Director of Innovation puts it, "for organisations willing to take the time and roll their sleeves up, Africa should be a very attractive market. It's the last great blue ocean for education.”

Date 19/04/2017
Region(s) Africa, North America, Europe, Asia, All Regions
Countries Burkina Faso, United States, France, Cyprus, India, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mauritius, Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, International
Theme(s) Technology
Topic(s) Distance Education

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