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Rwanda to host continental summit on ICT in education

by Magnus Mazimpaka
12:07 pm

Rwanda is hosting Africa’s high-level summit on education and ICT. The three day forum, Innovation Africa 2014, begins November 18.

Africa’s leading ministerial and government decision-makers will hold bilateral discussions with industry investors for education, communications, publishing, teacher training and information technology.

Over 40 African ministerial delegations from 25 African countries are expected to attend.

Global companies including the likes of HP, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Pearson, Samsung amongst others will also take part in this 5th Innovation Africa Summit.

Rwanda is hosting the event in partnership with AfricanBrains, a division of the international Brains Network Group that is dedicated to bringing investment into education and technology through building public-private partnerships.

Previous events have taken place in Morocco, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.

John Glassey, Managing Director of AfricanBrains is delighted this year’s summit is being held in Kigali. “We always wanted to bring Innovation Africa to Rwanda simply because it is one of Africa’s most innovative countries,” he said.

He said Rwanda spends more on education as a percentage of GDP than the expected average by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Rwanda is investing and continues substantial investment in ICTs, with a young population that has a desire to learn new skills, to innovate and to become entrepreneurs.

Thefore, “Being here is perfect,”  Glassey said.



By: Magnus Mazimpaka