UNESCO Report on the Data Revolution in Education

The Data Revolution in Education, produced by the Unesco Insitute for Statistics as a background paper for the Education Commission, includes a set of recommendations for producing and disseminating high-quality education statistics for planning and monitoring progress toward education targets. The report calls for changes across three broad areas that address both the supply and […]

Ghana to introduce examinable ICT in senior high schools

To ensure that students at all Ghanaian senior high schools are equipped with the requisite skills for further academic work and the job market, ICT will soon be introduced as an elective subject in senior high and technical schools, hopefully by 2011. Students will take the ICT course for two years. However the challenges of  […]

Makerere student designs blood donor MIS

A dissertation on “A Web-based blood donor management information system for the Red Cross Society, Uganda” by Frederick Kanobe, a student at Makerere University’s School of Graduate Studies has recently been published by the Uganda Scholarly Digital Library. via Makerere University Research Repository, 26 Nov 2009

ISPON calls for Nigerian Commission on Software Development

The President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chris Uwaje, has challenged the federal government to create a more enabling environment for local capacity. He called for the establishment of a National Commission for Software Development, empowered with a professional, specialized, exclusive and executive mandate to facilitate the development of software policy, […]

Kenya endorses International Computer Driving Licence

Kenya’s Information and Communications minister Samuel Poghisio has amended ICT policy guidelines to endorse the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certification. This is a globally recognised certification designed to standardise end-user computer skills. Although a compliance deadline is yet to be issued, to remain in business, computer colleges will now have to offer courses leading […]

Rwanda trains its own developers for e-Health Programme

The Rwandan Ministry of Health, has  unveiled its first batch of software programmers who will be in charge of developing and implementing the Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS). OpenMRS is  a community-developed, open-source, enterprise electronic medical record system platform which is being implemented in Rwanda to nationally track patient-level medical information, connecting over 500 health […]

OSS: Free software – Good. Free support – Bad

Open Source Software – from the Linux operating system through a range of SQL database engines to SQL/PHP based web development /content management environments – has much to offer. There are far too many systems in Africa running unnecessarily on expensive proprietary licences that require similarly exorbitant support contracts. Open Source is being delivered in […]

No sign of the Africa e-Governance Academy

The Africa e-Governance Academy was opened in Accra in July. Three months on there is very little sign of it (3 months to develop a little web site for the e-side?). It is hosted by the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, whose website seems to have disappeared. And no mention of it at […]

Empowering the Nigerian Software Industry

Excerpts from Adeyemi Adepetun via The Guardian The issue of developing indigenous software came to bear recently in Lagos at a two-day national workshop organised by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) with the theme  “Status of Software Licensing and Development in Nigeria” . At the end of the workshop, a communique […]

“Kampala to Be a Software Hub”

by Davis Weddi, NewVision via allAfrica.com UGANDA’s first information communication technology software cluster has concluded its second meeting in Kampala. The meeting promised to make the city recognised as a software development hub in the Great Lakes region, by the year 2015. At the Fairway hotel last week, the cluster of more than 30 information, […]

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