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‘We help broadcasters help farmers’ − FRI attends eLearning Africa conference

On May 26, 2011, Mark Leclair of Farm Radio International attended the 6th eLearning Africa conference in Dar es Salaam. This annual event highlights the latest developments in distance education across the continent. Mark joined 1701 participants from over 90 countries in highlighting the importance of eLearning for African youth. Mark’s presentation examined Farm Radio International’s efforts in eLearning since 2007, with a special focus on engaging young broadcasters.

Mark had this to say about the conference:

“Overall, eLearning Africa was a great success and Farm Radio International’s work was well-received by all in attendance. It was interesting to be somewhat of an outsider, not being specifically focused only on eLearning. E-Learning is only one part of our work in sub-Saharan Africa, so coming from a small NGO working in development communication made me stick out in the crowd. Every time I would meet a new person in the halls of the conference centre, I would hear something to the effect of:  ‘Ah yes! You’re with the radio people. I’ve been meaning to talk to you.’ I would inevitably have to explain that, no, we don’t own a radio station, and no, we don’t produce programs for the radio. I would explain that we support broadcasters by training them and supporting them to make better farm radio programs across the continent. We help broadcasters help farmers.

“It was hard not to get lost among the many demos for new e-Learning platforms, distance education schools and government programs, but I was proud to represent our small effort to experts in the field.”  

For more information and highlights from the conference, visit: http://www.elearning-africa.com/

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