On October 25, 2022, the launch of the Africa Digital Campus (ADC) project takes place from 2:00 pm in Cotonou, Benin. IRD’s President and CEO, Valérie Verdier, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Minister for Digital Affairs and Digitalisation of Benin, Aurélie Adam Soule Zoumarou, open the ceremony by signing the consortium agreement with their partners – the Agence des Systèmes d’Information et du Numérique (ASIN), the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Benin, the Institut National Supérieur de Technologie Industrielle (INSTI), the Virtual University of Burkina Faso, the West and Central Africa Network for Education and Research (WACREN), the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). The event will be preceded by a meeting of the Steering Committee bringing together the stakeholders of the project.
The Africa Digital Campus project aims to deploy distance learning by strengthening the e-learning offer in two universities in West Africa: the Virtual University of Burkina Faso and the Institut National Supérieur de Technologie Industrielle de Lokossa (Benin). To this end, the project plans to:
-Create and develop an online training offer while strengthening the expertise of the teachers of the beneficiary structures
-Strengthen the storage and communication infrastructure for access to educational resources
-Convince and mobilize decision-makers around an innovative project supporting sustainable connectivity and e-learning solutions
-To exchange and share experiences and resources in order to promote deployment and best practices within other structures, other countries, through exchanges and sharing
This project is part of the DIRECCT program, developed by the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Union, financed by the French Development Agency with funds delegated by the European Union up to 2.85M €.