Distance Education and Open Learning in Africa: What Works or Does Not Work
This brief paper attempts to summarise the main lessons learnt in the process of establishing open learning and distance education systems in Africa. It focuses on what has or has not worked well, and proposes some measures that governments, institutions, organisations and individuals should take if Africa is to keep pace with the rest of the world in applying new and enhanced strategies for human resource development. // The paper is aimed at stimulating group discussion and action on what remains to be done. In particular, the roles of governments and professional associations are emphasised. It is expected that the members of the groups will, individually and collectively, identify the common issues and challenges facing education practitioners in Africa, and thus develop appropriate strategies and policies for open learning and distance education at the national, regional and international levels.