Last week, specifically 30th April, HP Inc. held a session with the African Union Committee to discuss the state of distance learning on the continent, and what can be done to assist learners at this time, many of whom have to study remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and varying states of lockdown.
We’ve already seen HP Inc. assist locally with the launch of its BeOnline platform, and now the firm has agreed to help with digital learning opportunities for all of the AU’s 55 member states.
At the aforementioned meeting Elisabeth Moreno, MD and VP of HP Africa presented the firm’s Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurship (HP LIFE) and BeOnline programmes, with both platforms capable of being utilised by ministers to support schools and educators in their distance learning endeavours.
The two platforms also fall in line with H.E. Moussa Faki Mahammat’s, the chairperson of the AU, 1 Million by 2021 initiative, which aims to provide opportunities for young Africans.
“Education is a fundamental human right that should be available regardless of a person’s age, class, race, gender or location,” noted Moreno.
“To that end, HP has pledged to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025, as well as adding 1 million users to HP LIFE between 2016-25 – a commitment that aligns with the AU’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA), which aims to change Africa’s education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, innovation and creativity required to nurture core values and promote sustainable development on a continental level,” she added.
The pair of organisations are also hopeful about what this collaboration could hold post-COVID-19, with a need to create lifelong learning solutions also outlined during the meeting.