ACDE Conference 2008
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!
We are grateful to all our sponsors and everyone who supported and contributed to the recorded success. ACDE 2008 owes its success to members of the local organizing committee who exhibited high levels of commitment and worked tirelessly behind the scenes over the last 20 months. With the level raised higher in this edition of the conference, we look forward to greater experiences come ACDE 2011.