African Leadership in ICT (ALICT) ‐ An African Union Flagship Program ‐ Implemented by GESCI ‐ Funded by the Ministry for Foreign Aﬀairs of Finland Technology . Innova/on . Educa/on
WHY ALICT? Knowledge is increasingly a key factor of produc/on as well as a resource for economic and social development globally Knowledge and innova6on based businesses are growing and have become essen6al part of all sectors of economy The gap between developing countries and developed countries is widening due to the rela6vely low investments in ICT, educa/on and science, technology and innova/on in developing countries
Leadership in Knowledge Society • Knowledge based society: • Pillars: educa6on, science, technology and innova6on, ICT • Leadership: what kind of leadership for Knowledge based society? • Leadership vs. management
ALICT GOAL & PURPOSE Goal To build capacity of African leaders on ICT, Educa6on and STI for economic and social development to become Knowledge Society leaders and agents for change in their own country and be catalysts for regional coopera/on in the domain To enhance understanding why investments in educa/on, science , technology and innova/on are cri6cal for economic and social development Purpose ALICT will develop new models for knowledge society capacity building and build the capacity of African leaders on Knowledge Society issues including establishment of a plaForm for mul6‐stakeholder collabora/on
ALICT OUTPUTS & OUTCOMES Capacity Building Model for African leaders on ICT, Educa/on, Science & Technology, and Innova/on in the context of the Knowledge Society ul6‐stakeholder knowledge exchange plaForm bringing together private, public Mand civil society to create Knowledge Partnerships uild the capaci6es of 150 African leaders of ICT, Educa6on, STI in KS in domains Bof: • Leadership capacity (including change management) • Skills required for KS/KE development (including ICT, foresigh6ng, strategic planning) • Organiza6onal/ins6tu6onal development
Source: Wordpress (2011) ALICT APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP CAPACITY BUILDING Source: Wordpress (2011)
EXPERENTIAL LEARNING MODEL Will combine analy6cal and theore6cal principles with prac/cal experience Will allow par6cipants to bring theory and prac/ce together Will combine theory and instruc/on phases with more prac6cal experien6al phases Par6cipants will implement tasks and plans in their organiza6ons that they have learned during the immersive theore6cal phase. Through the sequence of prac6ce, experience, debrieﬁng, theory and feedback par6cipants will be guided into more reﬂected leadership prac/ces.
Country studies • ALICT has produced 4 country studies: needs analysis in KS development • These studies provide informa6on for the capacity building needs in Knowledge Society development in the 4 countries: South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Mauri6us • Module development in progress, ﬁrst modules and programme structure ready in October • Capacity building is planned to start in the 4 countries and Kenya in January 2012
CAPACITY BUILDING MODULES M 7 Knowledge Society for Africa Policy Coherence Road Map toM 6 ICT as a Tool for Development Personal Leadership Knowledge SocietyM 5 Educa6on and Development M 4 Innova6on and Management STI ICT M 3 Foresight and Futures Thinking M 2 Leadership in Knowledge Society M 1 Orienta6on
MODULE EMPHASIS Framework of Knowledge based Society and Economy Leadership in the context of Knowledge Society and change management Fore‐sigh6ng Strategic planning Policy formula6on Program management and evalua6on
DETAILS Dura/on: 7 months, 6me needed from par6cipants 10 hours per week (es6mated) Approach: Lectures (face to face and online), collabora6ve projects, individual assignments, peer review, online tutoring PlaZorms: LMS (Moodle), Alfresco Digital Library, ALICT discussion forum Assignments: Team work, focusing on Leadership & Change in the KS context ; team assignments applied to Individual & organiza6onal environment; Team work: scien6ﬁc ar6cle in KS context Transversal elements added: ICT Skills Development, Mentorship/Reﬂec6on Tandems, Monitoring and Evalua6on
QUESTIONS What do you think that “Knowledge Society” means (or should mean) in the African context? Do the educa6onal strategy and policy frameworks of African countries support the building of inclusive knowledge socie6es? What kind of role does knowledge society development have in these kinds of policies? What kinds of ICT‐professionals do African countries need in the near future? Should mandatory ICT‐courses begin from the primary level? Do you think that the chosen pedagogical and methodological approaches are valid for ALICT’s purposes? What kind of ﬁne‐tuning would they need (should for example m‐learning have even more prominent role)?
FOR MORE INFORMATION About the ALICT Team hgp://www.gesci.org/alict‐team.html Contact: Helena Tapper ‐ ALICT Programme Manager, Juho Mikkonen ‐ Blended Learning Expert and Margaret Nyambura – Research Analyst. E‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org About the Program (including concept note, KS study series and program plan)hgp://www.gesci.org/ alict‐papers.html
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