Aims and target audience

At the WCCE2017 conference last July a Dublin Declaration was stated (published in the WCCE book). The international program committee prepared the following recommendations and guidelines for development of ICT, education, learning in the developing countries context:

  • To focus on new pedagogical opportunities offered by mobile learning applications and their adoption in the education field,
  • To consider infrastructure challenges neither as a matter of funding nor as a technocratic approach; school administrators and parents should be included in developing creative support and maintenance, as part of a wider holistic approach to development
  • To make co-operation with countries with a high degree of ICT development in education, to share their experience in IT usage/skills in the educational domain and
  • To foster best-practice approaches implemented when using digital technologies to enhance learning in multicultural environments in developing countries.

This IFIP TC3-initiated conference 2019 is designed according to these guidelines. It is a track aiming at presenting research, teaching arrangements, case studies, technologies and focused discussions in sharing and initiating academic and teaching practice work on ICT4D, education, learning and sustainable development. Especially we are interested in flexible, open and agile arrangements in the developing countries, but also cases and examples in developed countries for special groups, such as disabled people or refugees. This emerging approach we have named “the safari way” which describes the situation in this current world we have many unexpected changes, interruptions, dangers and severe challenges to face, also in education and learning. We plan to
share experiences and start further collaborative initiatives for research, development & innovation funding.

The target audience is typically large and includes many stakeholders

  • Academics and students (Masters and PhD students), lecturers and researchers
  • Policy makers e.g. Ministry of foreign and development affairs
  • NGOs – in drawing their work experience and plans relating to the seminar topic
  • Practitioners such as teachers, experts in learning tech, planners
  • Vendors of ICT
  • Politicians and decision-makers
  • Consultants and developers

Based on this we see a great potential to align TC3 activities with the IFIP WG 9.4. conference activities. Topics, types of contributions and potential participants are presented above.