Mastercard Foundation Hosts First EdTech Conference in Abuja

The Mastercard Foundation, through its Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning, is hosting its inaugural EdTech Conference from July 8 – 10, 2024. This landmark event marks the beginning of a biennial tradition aimed at fostering innovation and resilience in African education systems. The conference is being held at the prestigious Hilton Transcorp in Abuja, Nigeria, in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

A Milestone Event for African Education

The 2024 Mastercard Foundation EdTech Conference aligns with the African Union’s Year of Education and is themed, ‘Education Technology for Resilient and Inclusive Learning in Africa.’ This theme underscores the critical need for robust and inclusive educational frameworks across the continent, leveraging technology to bridge existing gaps.

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Key Discussions and Themes

The conference promises to be a rich forum for discussion and collaboration among educators, policymakers, technology innovators, and other stakeholders. Key topics of discussion include:

  • The Current State of the EdTech Ecosystem: Experts will provide insights into the existing landscape of educational technology in Africa, highlighting both successes and areas needing improvement.
  • Emerging Trends in EdTech: Participants will explore the latest trends and innovations in educational technology, examining how new tools and methodologies can enhance learning outcomes.
  • Role of EdTech in Solving Africa’s Educational Challenges: With a focus on practical solutions, the conference will delve into how EdTech can address critical issues such as access to quality education, teacher training, and student engagement.
  • Policy and Enabling Environment: A key component of the discussions will revolve around the policies needed to create a conducive environment for technology-enabled educational innovation. This includes considerations around infrastructure, funding, and regulatory frameworks.
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A Platform for Collaboration and Innovation

By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders, the conference aims to foster collaboration and generate actionable insights that can drive the future of education in Africa. The event is expected to yield strategies that not only address current challenges but also anticipate future needs in the educational sector.

Looking Ahead

As the inaugural event, the 2024 Mastercard Foundation EdTech Conference sets the stage for ongoing dialogue and innovation in the realm of educational technology. The biennial nature of the conference ensures that these crucial conversations will continue, adapting to new developments and emerging challenges over time.

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The Mastercard Foundation’s commitment to education and innovation is evident in its proactive approach to convening this conference. By partnering with the Federal Government of Nigeria and aligning with the African Union’s educational initiatives, the Foundation is making significant strides toward resilient and inclusive learning across the continent.

For more information on the conference and its outcomes, interested parties can visit the official Mastercard Foundation website or follow the event’s updates on social media platforms.