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The information provided below was submitted as at 2020-05-15 22:18:21 by African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) in responding to the AU Survey of Partners Education Sector Response to COVID-19. The information is solely for experience sharing purposes and not to be used for other purposes without express permission of the African Union Commission.


Name of Organisation: African Council for Distance Education (ACDE)
Key objectives of the initiative/program?
- To broaden the understanding of practitioners on how to achieve effective on line teaching and learning in the higher
Educations institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic era.
- To encourage quality on line teaching and learning in the higher Educations institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic era.
- To share information on availability of quality learning materials among the ACDE Member institutions
- Emphasis need to train the lecturers and other facilitators of learning To encourage effective and quality on line teaching
and learning in the higher Educations institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic era.
Elements of the Initiative/Program
COVID-19 response planning;
Sectors of Education targeted by the Initiative/Program
Tertiary Education;
Other Organisations/Institiutions involved in implementing the program/initiative
The Commonwealth of Learning
International Council for Open and Distance Education
Distance Education Association of Southern Africa
African Virtual University
Regions in Africa benefiting from Program/Initiative

Countries in Africa benefiting from Program/Initiative
Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Challenges with the COVID-19 response
1.Unpreparedness of the learning service providers some of which do not understand the eLearning method of disseminating
2.No ready infrastructure in most conventional institutions to embark on eLearning
3.Lack of stable internet connectivity that would reach the students regardless of their location
4.Unavailability of learning materials that are of eLearning compliant model
5.New method of assessment would have to be introduced in line with eLearning principle and model
6.Need to quality assure the eLearning environment and its constituents before learners can access the learning materials
7.Funds for procuring eLearning infrastructure including training of the teachers and technical staff. Meanwhile many countries
are in short of funds to fight the Covid-19 not to talk of providing funds to procure eLearning infrastructure
8.Epileptic supply of electricity in most countries
9.Need for the students and teachers to acquire relevant adjustment skill in the migration from brick and wall environment to
virtual learning
10.Concern of digitalizing the learning materials. Cost implication, need for physical presence of teachers and ICT personnel in
the face of total lockdown in most African countries
11.Issue of introducing e-Learning in all the tiers of education; kindergarten, primary, secondary, high school and the

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 response
-Method of disseminating knowledge has been for long the same whereas it should have been upscaled by including online mode
-Learning does not necessarily require the presence of teachers/lecturers
- Education industry need to be massively funded to provide learning infrastructure, materials and training purposes
Good practices with the COVID-19 response
- Awareness that people should be sensitive to promoting safety wherever they are
- Encouragement of self learning
-Awareness on the part of the government of each country that online learning must be funded and encouraged
-Lecturers and learners have accepted need to improve their digital skills
- Partnership between the institutions and IT company is being strengthened

Innovations implemented during the COVID-19 response
- Use of Virtual platform like ZOOM, Go ToMeeting, WhatsApp and facebook for teaching and learning
- Encouragement of self learning among the learners
- Putting and sending learning materials to learners through the cloud


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