Zambian Open University (ZAOU) Breaks Barriers to Education through Partnership with eLearnAfrica

The Zambian Open University (ZAOU) today announced its courses and degree programs will be available on eLearnAfrica, further extending the university’s reach into the country and across the continent. eLearnAfrica.com is a newly launched mobile application and portal offering trusted sources of open education for Africans. The site has seen over 385,000 visitors since its launch last month. ZAOU is the first Open University in Zambia to actively empower thousands of Africans with easy access to world-class tuition by offering distance and face to face degree programs in Agricultural Sciences, Law, Education and more on the eLearnAfrica platform. The university has over 3,000 students in 2016 and expects this to increase by 50% by joining the eLearnAfrica platform.

The ever-growing demand for higher education in Zambia is far from being satisfied. With more than 50,000 pupils about to complete secondary school this year, the influx of hopeful students has grown beyond the capacity of historical higher learning resources. eLearnAfrica is an innovative web portal built to assist African students and professionals search and access the best distance learning educational courses, online degrees and professional certifications from trusted sources around the world.

“eLearn Africa’s mission is to make learning opportunities available to everyone,” says eLearnAfrica CEO, Brook Negussie. “We understand that it’s challenging to find trusted content on the internet if you aren’t sure what you are searching for. Our platform was created to help Africans find courses, degree programmes and vocational skills courses for all educational levels from trusted third-party providers. “It’s great that we are able to offer African content to students throughout the continent.

We also help collaboratively create content by providing rich analysis and data to Universities and academic institutions on the portal for them to best meet the demands of their prospective learners, adds Negussie. eLearnAfrica has partnered with leading online course providers, from some of the best universities in the world. ZAOU, the first Open University in Zambia, now takes pride of place alongside edX, the Open University founded by Harvard University and MIT on the ground breaking portal and mobile app. edX offers hundreds of courses from the world’s top institutions, such as top-ranked Wharton Business School, the University of California, Berkeley and more.

Professor Olusegun Adedayo Yerokun Acting Vice Chancellor of ZAOU, commented: “Our collaboration with eLearnAfrica will ensure more extensive access to our comprehensive courses and degree programs for the sustainable development of human capital in Zambia and beyond. “We realized when we enrolled our first students in 2005 that demand could not be met through traditional methods of education. However, education can be brought to doorsteps, and now handsets, through new, flexible methods and approaches. We look forward to being able to distribute our best content throughout Africa on eLearnAfrica.” eLearn Africa encourages African universities to join this important initiative, so that their best programs can be made available online to students throughout the continent. Click here to find out more.

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