The 5th African Council for Distance Education Conference and General Assembly hosted by the Open University of Sudan and held at the Republic of Sudan was very peaceful and successful. The Pre Conference activities; ACDE Programme Steering Committee and the Sub Committee meetings, the Workshop training on Open Educational Resources and the 33rd Executive Board meeting were held as scheduled.
At the Conference, the key note presenters did good job. The break away sessions were well attended with paper presentations. Conference participants contributed to the success of the conference by asking questions, passing relevant comments and giving suggestions that could lead to improvement in the papers that were presented.Participants were from Africa and beyond..Several participants were from Arabian countries.
The Open University of Sudan and the Al neelain University worked harmoniously to make the Conference participants comfortable and happy and secured. Both Al neelain University and the Open University of Sudan provided dinner on each day with Sudanese special flavor throughout the period of the Conference.
An arrangement was also made for a pleasurable cruise on the Great Blue Nile during which there was lunch followed by gifts of souvenir for the ACDE delegates from the OUS and the Al neelain University. It was indeed a period to be remembered for many years to come.
The 5th General Assembly was held on the 9th March, 2017 during which important issues were mentioned and discussed. Elections were also held in to the various vacant positions of the ACDE Executive Board peacefully. Kindly find attached, a list of the members of the new ACDE Executive Board.
At the close of the ACDE activities, a recommendation which was made at the 33rd ACDE Executive Board meeting for the Laweh Open University College Ghana to hold the 6th ACDE Conference and General Assembly in 2020 was approved by the General Assembly
The Open University of Tanzania hosted the third Conference and General Assembly, which took take place from 12-15 July, 2011. The Conference was supported by the government, private sector and the general public. The theme selected for the 2011 Conference was "Bridging the Development Gap in Africa through Open and Distance Learning".
The 2nd African Council for Distance Education Conference and General Assembly was successfully hosted by the National Open University of Nigeria from July 8 to 11 2008. The conference which attracted over 350 participants from five continents and 29 countries comprising experts, policy makers, and stakeholders, featured 15 distinguished speakers. The theme of the conference, Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Development was adequately addressed by all the speakers from a wide range of perspectives including National development, Information technology, Capacity building, Quality assurance, Teacher development, and contribution to realizing the MDGs and EFA goals. The outcomes of the conference met all the objectives of the conference as it:
- confirmed the fact that the open and distance education has come of age and has indeed taken a centre stage in Africa
- provided a platform for education experts and practitioners to network, relate, and collaborate with international policy makers; and
- laid the foundation for open and distance learning to be used as a veritable tool in meeting the MDGs, EFA goals, eradicating poverty, bridging gender and digital gaps through providing mass access to education.
- The programme had a wide variety of presentations spread over 34 sessions with over a 130 presentations ranging from pre conference workshops, panel sessions, parallel sessions to dinner lectures. In line with true African tradition and spirit, the conference was noted for an abundance of great hospitality, good food, music and dance!
More information about the workshop can be accessed from here»
The ACDE held its inaugural Conference and General Assembly in August, 2005, at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. The conference was convened under the theme “The Mobilization of African Leaderships: Policies, Strategies and Partnerships”. The occasion was attended by more than 250 delegates from Africa and beyond, including 10 government Ministers of Education and other high ranking policy makers, academics and ODL practitioners. It is at this inaugural Conference and General Assembly that the ACDE Constitution was adopted.