Organizer 1: Stephen Mawutor Donkor, African Open Data and Research Foundation
Panel - 90 Min
The Session speakers come from a large range of stakeholder groups — government, private sector, and civil society. They also represent a variety of backgrounds in terms of their experiences with education in Africa and Internet Government processes, and in some cases also have experience developing curriculum in Africa . For better interaction, each speaker will be given a maximum of 8 minutes to make his/her presentation and show slides and then we will leave up to 50 minutes for panel discusssions and lively interactions with the audience: the floor will be open for questions and comments from the participants and attendance
In terms of regional diversity, we made sure to include moderators and panelists from 5 continents and we emphasised stakeholder diversity and experimental diversity in order to have a constructive discussion and build a full picture of our initiative. The organizing team, the moderators and panelists are regionally and gender balanced, and include participants from the private sector, civil society, and government. Particpants in this panel are aged between 25 and 70 and all are remarquable in terms of engagement and research . The government and civil society entities participating in this discussion will work on taking this workshop from theory to practice.
PART 1. 40 minutes
Welcome / Introduction / workshop outline 5 minutes
Ines Hfaiedh and Stephen Mawutor Donkor
Melcom Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary GeneraL 2 minutes
Brief Structured Presentations: 25 minutes
a. Stephen Mawutor Donkor, Africa Open Data and Internet Research Foundation
Topic: Outlook of Educational Systems in Africa: The Case of Ghana
b. Ines Hfaiedh, Ministry of Education Tunisia, ICT Implementation in Tunisian Education: Bridging the most vulnerable communities
c. Rachel Pollack, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), UNESCO Work in African Education
d. Moctar Yedaly, African Union, The Future of IG in the Educational System in Africa
e. Ginger Paque, Diplo Foundation, Open Educational IG Opportunities and Ressources for Underserved Communities
f. Prof. Nii Quaynor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana / Ghana Dot Com, The challenges and opportunities in advancing IG Curriculum in Subsaharan Africa
PART 2:- Panel Discussions 50 minutes Session moderator: Marilyn Cade
Speakers will be invited to make 3-minute comments, followed by questions from the online and in situ participants. The goal is to have 5 speakers, with then Eight - Ten minutes for responses to questions, to speed the engagement with participants and remote participants, a unique approach will be used to gather questions in writing /text from both in the room and remote participants, to speed the ability to address questions. The questions will be grouped, and read out for the speakers to offer 1-minute responses to each of the questions, but rotating across the speakers.
PART 3 05 minutes
Final Conclusion and wrap-up
The moderators and the organizers and assigned rapporteurs will cooperate on the “conclusions and on any output statements”.
The way we structured this panel is aimed at enabling an open and interactive discssion and foster constructive comments and pave the way for groundbreaking ideas and suggestions that we could put into practice in the African context and beyond. Besides, The session organizers have solid experiences in facilitating remote participation in diverse contexts including the gobal IGF context. Besides, we will create and promote a dedicated hashtag #IGinAfricaEd for more inclusion of the remote participants and to keep the discussion ongoing not only during the session but even after it is finished.
The Internet and Internet governance are constantly evolving. Individuals will need both technical understanding of the Internet as well as an understanding of international affairs to participate effectively in the development of internationally accepted global Internet governance strategies. However, schools in Africa are yet to adapt their curricula to fully address the changes wrought by the Internet.
The workshop would be organized around four (4) themes aiming at achieving the following outcomes:
Theme 1: Addressing internet Governance issues in education in Africa
● Discuss the internet governance policy framework in Africa and how it can help create
the enabling environment for the educational sector in Africa.
● Discuss opportunities to further develop the educational systems with the views of ensuring
harmonization, comparability, and quality of education for all in Africa.
● Present possibilities for using Internet and technology to address educational
Challenges and also engage new actors
● Identify possible approaches for addressing internet governance issues in education
Theme 2: Encouraging the adoption of internet governance as part of the educational curricular in Africa
● Have an open dialogue with stakeholders to discuss the internet and Internet access issues
within the educational systems in Africa.
Theme 3: Strengthening the internet governance Ecosystem and capacity building in education
● solidify the multi-stakeholder approach to achieving and measuring the SDGs 4,
and create strong internet governance educational communities in Africa.
● Identify and discuss solutions to major capacity building programs.
Theme 4: Improving Educational Systems in Africa
● How can the promotion of internet governance in the education support the implementation of SDGs 4 in Africa
● What kind of technology and educational regime is needed for the most effective and robust educational system for the implementation of SDGs 4.
This workshop will be a continuation of 3 workshops from previous IGFs: “ICT IMPLEMENTATION IN EDUCATION: ROAD-MAP TO ACHIEVING SDGs”, “Empowerment through Quality Online Education” which were held at the 2016 IGF and "Data is the New Oil" held at the 2017 IGF and were of high interest by different stakeholders.
We will open equal opportunity for online participants to take part and ask questions or make suggestions throughout the workshop. We will also prepare a dedicated questionnaire following the session so that the remote participants contribute to the actual shaping of ideas or policies to put in place. The session organizers have solid experiences in facilitating remote participation in diverse contexts including the gobal IGF context. Besides, we will create and promote a dedicated hashtag #IGinAfricaEd for more inclusion of the remote participants and to keep the discussion ongoing not only during the session but even after it is finished.
A collaborative document will gather these records of comments and questions during and after the workshop, to be later integrated into the report. A variety of media can also serve as background material for this debate, based on previous workshops. Remote participation tools will ensure an inclusive, accessible, and global audience both via the IGF online participation tools and NCUC’s online discussion forums.