The 7th International Conference on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) for Development, Education and Training was held from 23rd – 25th May 2012. Koenig Solutions also took part in the event that had around 1500 participants from over 66 countries. Held in Benin, West Africa, the three day conference focused on the African revolution in education system with the help of ICT enhanced learning practices.
The event was attended by various renowned men, including Benin’s Prime Minister, Pascal Irénée Koupaki; famous researcher, Professor Sugata Mitra; Max Ahouèkè, who is Benin’s Minister of Communication and Information and Communication Technologies; and Wyse Technology’s Mark Jordan. Other keynote speakers at the event were Richard Addey of Smart Technologies and Dorcus Muthoni, CEO of OPENWORLD.
While addressing the participants, Ahouèkè appreciated the progress that has been made so far in the education system due to improved information and communication technologies. He also commented that with students having access to better learning resources, the barriers of distance and cost have been eradicated.
On a general note, speakers at the event discussed about the new ways being exploited for making education easier. While some talked about the extensive use of mobile phones now-a-days for learning and education, others agreed to technology being the driving force of bringing people together. Mark Jordan concentrated on the aspect of existing challenges, such as limited bandwidth, lack of human resource capacity and shortage of electricity supply.
Koenig Solutions being a leading player in the same interest, attended the event to highlight its continued contributions to the education industry in Africa. Our range of more than 100 IT certifications are offered all around the world and students in Africa have a fair chance to enroll for these. Koenig specializes in both onsite and offsite training, which means candidates can opt to study either in India or learn from their homeland via the already successful distance learning program.
Both the offerings, i.e. classroom and virtual training have their own benefits. While the classroom programme lets you explore the incredible India, the distance learning feature allows you to study from anywhere you are, thereby saving your valuable time.
At the event, Koenig Solutions received great response with close to 400 visitors enquiring about our services and several certification choices. We also had some of our ex-students at the Koenig stall expressing their satisfaction for having learnt with us. Amongst the visitors, some candidates also confirmed their participation in our future training programmes. Much to the pleasure of keen students, we had the news of being halfway in the process of launching a training center in Nigeria.
Overall, we feel that our participation in the event was a great success as it helped us understand the changing needs of the industry. Koenig will use these to instill any required improvements just like we always do. Like last time, our next blog shall also give you information regarding our recent course launches.