India offers to help Africa bridge digital divide
India will fully support and help in the promotion of e-learning in Africa, said visiting Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mohammad Ali Ashraf Fatmi.india Updated: May 26, 2006 04:52 IST
India on Thursday offered to empower Africa by promoting tele-education in the continent through a landmark fibre optic network that seeks to bridge the digital divide between 53 countries of the African Union.
India will fully support and help in the promotion of e-learning in Africa, said visiting Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mohammad Ali Ashraf Fatmi.
He provided a detailed map of the Indian strategy for introducing and disseminating tele-education at the plenary session of the International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training -- the first event for building e-learning capacities in Africa.
Fatmi shared the Indian experience in the development of ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure, training of teachers to use ICT for education and Internet connectivity with African delegates at the conference.
The e-conference, which focused on building capacities for tele-education, was attended by nearly 800 participants from 30 countries.