UGANDA: Tele-education for East Africa students

Makerere University has devoted two lecture rooms to tele-education, allowing students from different geographical locations to learn from better-resourced education institutions through satellite technology, writes Frederick Womakuyu for New Vision. Students from more than a dozen universities in East Africa are being linked to learn from lectures broadcast from India.

Half a dozen loudspeakers have been erected and a projector installed in each of the rooms, courtesy of Indira Gandhi National Open University. The rooms are also equipped with a video camera and a microphone for transmitting images and sound, respectively. The students listen to a lecturer, take down notes and ask questions. It is like an ordinary lecture - the only difference is that the lecturer is based in India.

The programme, dubbed the Pan African E-Network Project, is funded by the government of India to a tune of over US$200 million. It is a joint initiative between the government of India and the African Union, which aims to develop Africa's information and communication technology.
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