<<July 4, 2000>>

Dr. Paul Lefrere <p.lefrere@open.ac.uk>

John Senyo C. Afele, Ph.D <jafele@plant.uoguelph.ca>

Mr. Lane Smith <lasmith@usaid.gov>

YO MARUNO <ymaruno@unido.org>

Dr. Antonio Pinto-Rodrigues <APinto-Rodrigues@unido.org>

Emilio Vento <evento@unido.org>

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D. <ptknight@attglobal.net>

Dear Paul:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

Dear John:

(2) Referring to our conversation on your initiative of creating a Global
University System/Africa/Ghana which was made during my visit to you
last month, this may be of your interest.

I strongly suggest that you download Barbara Fillip's report at the URL
listed in ATTACHMENT I.

(3) How is your progress of preparing a fund raising proposal for your
workshop at your university next February?

(4) Shall we meet during the UN mtg from 7/10th to 7/12th? Is that by
invitation only?

Dear Lane:

(5) This may also be of some interest to you.

Dear Dr. Pinto-Rodrigues and Mr. Vento:

(6) Referring to our conversation made during my visit to your office last
January with regard to your planned workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
in September, this may be of your interest, too.

(7) I would greatly appreciate to hear from you about your progress on its
preparation at your earliest convenience.

Dear Peter:

(8) Pls investigate the possible cooperation with Global Distance Learning Network.

Best, Tak

Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2000 16:53:03 +0100
Subject: news items
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
From: P.Lefrere@open.ac.uk (Paul Lefrere)

Dear Tak

I came across these news items, which could perhaps help us to identify
potential sponsors. Apologies if you have seen the news items already...



New JICA report on Distance Education in Africa
This recently published report is a comprehensive review of the current
situation regarding distance education in Africa written by Barbara Fillip
on behalf of the Japan International Co-operation Agency USA office,
which Barbara says represents a synthesis of a lot of written documents
and an attempt at extracting some lessons for JICA's potential involvement
in supporting distance education in Africa.¬ It looks at the potential of
distance education in Africa in the context of the educational challenges
facing the continent, the global information revolution and the
significant improvements in telecommunication infrastructures in African
countries (Throughout this report, Africa refers to Sub-Saharan Africa
only). While distance education is not new to Africa, its performance has
been mixed and the overall impact has been limited. Some of the reasons
for such a limited impact include the lack of an adequate
telecommunication infrastructure and lack of financial resources.
This report reviews the state of the information and communication
infrastructure on the African continent and shows that, in most countries,
there have been significant improvements both in terms of the regulatory
framework necessary for infrastructure development, and in terms of the
expansion of the telecommunication infrastructure itself. With such
significant progress in the area of telecommunication infrastructure,
distance education becomes a more viable option than in the past. It can
also be a more cost-effective approach to addressing some of the
continentÉs educational challenges.
The report highlights some of the key issues and lessons learned in the
area of distance education, focusing on both the potential and challenges
of integrating information and communication technologies in distance
education as well as integrating distance education in the broader
education system.
The main body of the report ends with a short section highlighting some
possible first steps for involvement in distance education in Africa.
Finally, additional resources are provided in appendix to the report,
including four short case studies looking at the potential of distance
education in Ghana, Ethiopia, Botswana and Guinea. This appendix also
includes a tentative outline of a strategy for determining the appropriate
level of intervention or assistance for countries at different stages of
development in terms of both their information and communication
infrastructure and their educational systems.

Further Details: http://homestead.juno.com/bfillip/files/DEAfrica.doc


World Bank launches Global Distance Learning Network
The World Bank has invited government agencies, foundations and private
companies to join in the creation of a Global Distance Learning Network to
provide a tool for sharing development knowledge. This
independently-operated network will provide courses, seminars and
discussion opportunities from a variety of sources around the world.
GDLN will link the globe through a network of Distance Learning Centres
that will support learning through videoconferencing, the Internet and
print. GDLN builds on the World Bank Institute's Distance Learning network
(WBIDL) which uses the World Bank's field offices as distance learning
centres. Nearly 100 field offices are linked by the Bank's high-capacity
communications network. By the end of June 2000, an additional 17
independent Distance Learning Centres will be interconnected to the
network. These new Centres are owned and operated by a variety of training
and educational institutions. They will serve as prototypes for the
further expansion of GDLN and are located all over the world with partners
like the Ecole Nationale de lÉAdministration in Cote d'Ivoire and the
Vietnam Development Centre. Two centres have been established to date in
Europe; one in Paris and the other, in association with Universidad
Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED), in Madrid. These centres are
multimedia learning environments for adults where decision-makers in the
development community attend seminars, participate in special events, take
courses, and exchange knowledge and experiences with colleagues around the world.

GDLN will have a number of different types of partners including Charter
Partners. These partners are invited to make financial contributions to
support the creation and operation of the Distance Learning Centres. They
are also asked to facilitate the involvement of centres of knowledge and
expertise in the provision of GDLN programming content and/or equipment.
GDLN will also involve Content Partners; in this way, GDLN provides an
extensive number of quality courses and seminars, and opens access to the
greatest possible number of learners. GDLN will also work with
Distribution Partners and will also distribute its courses and seminars
through other distribution partners. One such partner is the World Bank's
own internal communication system, WBIDL. Others include the Monterrey
Institute of Technology in Mexico, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand
and the African Virtual University (AVU) which is a first-of-its-kind
interactive-instructional telecommunications network established to serve
the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

Further Details: http://www.worldbank.org/distancelearning/gdln/
List of Distribution

Dr. Paul Lefrere
Senior Lecturer
Institute of Educational Technology
Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Tel: +44-1-908 65 33 88
Fax: +44-1-908 67 28 02

John Senyo C. Afele, Ph.D
Director, International Program for Africa
Department of Plant Agriculture
Johnston Hall, Room 136
OAC Dean's Office
Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
Tel: +1-519-824-4120 ext 6419
Fax: +1-519-763-8933
Email: jafele@plant.uoguelph.ca

Mr. Lane Smith
Coordinator of the Leland Initiative
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), AFR/SD
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20523-4600
Tel: +1-202-712 0826
Fax: +1-202-216-3373

Deputy to the Director-General and Managing Director
Investment Promotion and Institutional Capacity-Building Division
Vienna International Centre
A-1400 Vienna Austria
Tel.: (+43-1)-26026-3730
Fax: (+43-1)-26026-6809
E-mail: ymaruno@unido.org

Dr. Antonio Pinto-Rodrigues
Acting Director
Investment and Technology Promotion Branch
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 300
A-1400, Vienna
tel 0043 1 26026/4864 or 3809
tel 0043 1 26026/4834 (secretary)
FAX 0043 1 26026/6805

Emilio Vento
UNIDO-ICS Liaison Officer
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 300
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: (+43-1)-26026-3726
Fax: (+43-1)-26026-6811
E-mail: evento@unido.org

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D.
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1808 I Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tel: 1-202-775-2132 (secretary), 1-202-721-0348 (direct)
Fax: 1-202-775-2135 (office), 1-202-362-8482 (home)
IP for CU-SeeMe:
webmail: ptknight@netscape.net
http://www.knight-moore.com/partners/partnerindex.htm -- bio
http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/GSTF.html -- about GSTF
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
* Email: utsumi@columbia.edu; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/ *

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