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University of Lagos hosts West Africa E-Learning Conference & Exhibition The West Africa E-Learning Conference & Exhibition (WAeLCE): www. WAeLCE.org will be holding in Lagos from March 27 to March 28. The multi-partnerships event is holding inside the University of Lagos, host institution for the inaugural 2013 edition with the theme: ‘Expanding educational opportunities through ICT.

The event is organized by the Baobab Media as part of its ‘Education for Life Series.’ It is holding in partnership with several key stakeholders from the public, private and education sector; notably the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), Ghana; The University of Lagos; Covenant University and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). Riding on the support of major industry players that include STBS Group/TrainingSol of Sierra Leone, Phase 3 Telecom, Omatek Ventures Plc, CHAMS Plc, JKK/ETC, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, and Abidjan based RASCOM. The event is also counting on the support of the Economic Commission of West Africa (ECOWAS), the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria; the Ministry of Education, Ghana, and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

“The event is designed to hold within educational institutions so as to bring the message deeper home and address the challenge of expanding educational access to the millions that are daily denied opportunity to learn due to limited spaces. For instance, only 28% out of 1.5 million prospective applicants gained admission into Nigerian universities in 2012. Contrast this figure with China’s 300 million students of online universities. Technology has vast potential to close the educational gaps. WAeLCE is designed to raise awareness and help fast track action plans on this,” said Chairman of Baobab Media, Dr Sola Afolabi.

Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos has, for over four decades, provided quality and objective education to both Nigerian and its neighbours. The university has built a legacy of excellence and has been instrumental in the production of top range graduates and academia who have had tremendous impact, directly or indirectly, on growth and development in Nigeria. The University is only a major champion of Open Education, a general term for eLearning and associated forms of distance or technology based learning.

“We are pleased to be associated with WAeLCE 2013 and glad to provide the hosting venue for the event” convinced that the event offers value to help chart a new and positive direction for the educational sector,” said Professor Charles Uwadia, Director of the University of Lagos IT services centre (CITS), for the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Rahaman Bello.

“WAeLCE 2013 is an all Stakeholders Event, The Event offers public and private sector player, research and educational institutions, web and other technology providers as well as other stakeholders the opportunity to share and articulate on common forward plans,” said Dr Afolabi from Accra; who was also the former Deputy Executive Secretary, Integration Programmes, ECOWAS Secretariat and Former Director, ECOWAS Community Computer Centre.

Since 2008, Baobab Media, owners of Baobab People & Economy print magazine andwww.baobabafricaonline.com have provided strategic economic and political contents through Baobab Think Consult, its group of certified analysts with outstanding academic/research backgrounds including professors, senior lecturers/academicians; successful private sector entrepreneurs with field experience in managing people and material resource to achieve set goals.

© Baobab Media 2013