How will higher education look like in Africa after COVID-19? Can immersive technologies play a larger role in learning as schools transition to a blended learning approach? As we consider these issues, the World Economic Forum reports a startling disparity between access and education in Africa as countries around the world continue to battle the fall out.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, African higher education institutions are rethinking their approach to shifting to digital teaching platforms.
Founder, Dan Lejerskar points out that it is more important than ever for Africa to develop domestic capacity to support future education needs.
« There is without a doubt that online learning platforms and content will play an increasing role in the classroom. Needless to say, I completely agree with the statement that education should be a right and not a privilege. But the big question is of sustainability and there are many aspects to this. Sustainability of cost, sustainability of scalability,and most important sustainability of content production means. This is was why we recognised the importance of building a fully equipped learning technology hub at the University of the Western Cape. We want to not only provide the technology where it is needed, but also the necessary training to create a self-sustaining eco-system of skilled talent in developing these learning technologies. »
EON Reality has been working in the African region over the last fifteen years and continues to work with various stakeholders in the region to uplift and upskill communities. Find out more about our initiatives in Africa including how we are now working with University of the Western Cape to develop a sustainable pipeline AR/VR solutions for education.