The grant will finance the establishment of 12 open distance and e-learning centers, and upgrade 15 existing e-learning centers in 27 African Virtual University partner institutions across the region. It will also develop the capacity of information communications technology, enhance science and technology programs, and train staff in developing various distance and e-learning courses.
AVU is an online tertiary education network created by the World Bank in 1997 to increase African students’ access to quality education. In 2004, the African Development Bank provided $7.3 million to the network to create open, distance and e-learning centers, establish connectivity in partner institutions and develop teacher training programs.
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