In the past, internal division and external interference have held Africa back, creating artificial tensions, fostering conflicts and stifling growth. The scars of past divisions mark the face of Africa. Now, however, digital technology is bringing Africans closer together than ever before, creating an opportunity for education to transform the continent. With the world’s most youthful population, Africa is on the threshold of an era of unparalleled prosperity. How can digital technology and education help to break down barriers to competitiveness? How can technology and education combine to unite Africa?
How can African leaders encourage ICT-centric growth, innovation and job creation? What are the new opportunities for sharing knowledge and expertise across borders? How can Africans learn together and, in doing so, put an end to the divisions of the past? What are the skills all Africans need to succeed in tomorrow’s marketplace? How can we prepare young Africans to compete in global markets and, at the same time, address local needs? How can Governments and the private sector work together to create the highly skilled workforce the continent needs? How can they nurture tomorrow’s digital entrepreneurs?
What are the technological barriers to greater unity? What role can outside investors play and what are the opportunities for them in a more integrated Africa? What technological solutions can assist collaboration? What needs to be done to improve connectivity and create the ICT infrastructure for tomorrow’s Africa? How can we develop an African information society and boost regional integration? How can digital technologies be used both to improve quality and to extend access? And how can ICT help to ensure that the Africa of tomorrow is truly inclusive, so that every citizen has a stake in the future of the world’s most exciting continent?
- Liam Oseiamsterdam, United Kingdom