Collaboration in open and distance learning: The realities of policy implementation in the Africa region

Collaboration in open and distance learning: The realities of policy implementation in the Africa region

Author: 
Nonyongo, E.
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Taylor & Francis
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Journal Title: 
Africa Education Review
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Africa Education Review, Vol. 6, No. 1 June. 2009, pp. 106-122
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In this article the Sub-Saharan Africa region's attempt to implement open and distance learning collaboration programmes, in line with the ideals of the World Declaration on Education for All (WDEFA), are discussed. The discussion is based on an analysis of the WDEFA policy; participation in, minutes and reports of the Multi-Channel Learning Base (MCLB) initiative; and a brief review of the literature on policy and ODL collaboration. The conclusions drawn from this analysis are that: the WDEFA was a useful policy on international collaboration for meeting basic learning needs; the MCLB initiative, though laudable in having shared in three regional activities of ODL experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and having developed a regional ODL programme of action, was unsuccessful in implementing collaborative programmes in the region. The reasons for the MCLB's failure relate to unrealistic timeframes, lack of resources, preference for national rather than international programmes, and the proposed location of the MCLB.

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CITATION: Nonyongo, E.. Collaboration in open and distance learning: The realities of policy implementation in the Africa region . : Taylor & Francis , . Africa Education Review, Vol. 6, No. 1 June. 2009, pp. 106-122 - Available at: http://library.au.int/collaboration-open-and-distance-learning-realities-policy-implementation-africa-region-3