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Connecting Africa: Donald Kaberuka, Gordon Brown and Tim Berners-Lee in High Level Meeting on Education and Technology

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The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Donald Kaberuka, the former British Prime Minister Rt. Hon Gordon Brown, and renowned computer scientist, and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, Sir Tim Berners-Lee will convene a high level meeting on Education and Technology entitled “Connecting Africa” at the 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa on 10 May, 2012. The purpose of this meeting is to explore ways in which modern technology can improve access and quality of education in Africa and how to scale up the most successful programmes. Ministers of education from more than 17 countries are invited as well as representatives of technology companies attending the WEF.

The meeting will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on10 May from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Hilton hotel and will take the shape of a roundtable discussion. The key issues to be discussed are using technology to improve the access and quality of education, particularly primary and secondary levels, partnering with the public and private spheres for real political commitment and results, and creating programmes to address and measure improvements in the quality of education for participating African countries.

This meeting will be immediately followed by a lunch hosted at the African Union and a further meeting from 3:00-5:30 p.m. to continue the morning’s discussion as well as to consult on the African Development Bank’s new Human Capital Development Strategy

The meeting follows the 1st Africa Forum on Science Technology and Innovation and will also contribute to the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration, which was signed by governments at the Forum.

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