Tuesday, 15 July 2008

The Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning

13 to 17 July London, United Kingdom. The University of London and the Commonwealth of Learning hosted the fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF5). The conference brought together practitioners, researchers and policymakers, allowing them to share their experiences and expertise. No fewer than 700 delegates, including heads of key parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Education, attended the biennial meeting, organised by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

The conference theme is "Access to Learning for Development" with a focus on children and young people, health, livelihoods, governance, conflict and social justice. The Forum is bringing together more than 700 delegates from over 70 different countries.

PCF5 aims to facilitate a dialogue that goes beyond coming together for five days in London. To help with this task, an online discussion forum on Googlegroups has been launched. You can read past contributions and subscribe to the mailing list by accessing the PCF5 Googlegroups site.
WikEducator offers PDFs of most Forum papers and will also host session reports. Furthermore, around 50 contributors have posted ideas, abstracts or paper drafts as Wiki content. You can visit the PCF5 Wiki site by going to www.wikiEducator.org/pcf5.

Overview of the (African) Papers on PCF5 Theme "Livelihoods" related to agriculture:
  • Climate change and water issues: Tech‐MODE tools for strengthening community responses in Kenya - N. Kahiu, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya S. Lim, Environmental consultant, United Kingdom S. Makhanu, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya E. Nyukuri, African Centre for Technology and Science, Kenya J. van Mossel, Environmental consultant, Canada
  • Blended learning approaches in agriculture and natural resources management - Jan Beniest World Agroforestry Centre
  • Enhancing the common information space for Open and Distance Learning and animal and fisheries production - Dr Ajit Maru, National Agriculture Research Systems (NARS) Programmer, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) Secretariat, F.A.O., Rome, Italy
  • New approaches to strengthening human and institutional capacity for improving rural livelihoods in Africa - Ralph Von Kaufmann - Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Radio and the pedagogy of intellectual engagement among cattle farmers -
    Haaveshe Nekongo‐Nielsen University of Namibia
  • South‐South‐South collaboration: using Dgroups to develop ICT policy for Open and Distance Learning - Nancy George
  • Instructional media development for non‐formal distance learning: factors affecting the adoption of farming messages by poor rural men and women farmers - Mary Wamuyu Ngechu University of Nairobi
  • A radio scriptwriting competition: training African radio broadcasters to create and exchange programmes on climate change adaptation for farmers - Kevin Perkins Developing Countries Farm Radio Network
  • Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Uganda international agricultural systems - Moses Tenywa Makerere University
  • Experiences in implementing the Strengthening Agricultural and Environmental Capacities through Distance Education (SAEC‐DE) project - Moses Tenywa Makerere University
  • Promoting access to agricultural information by women farmers: using information and communication technology in a livelihood project - Collins Kwabena
    Osei Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Entrepreneural fingerling production for Lake Victoria fisheries - Jennipher
    Kere, Women in Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP), Education and Development