When Peter Silwimba started his degree programme with Unicaf he expected it to improve his life. However, he didn’t expect it to include life changes on a multitude of levels. At the Unicaf Cape Town Conference 2019, he stood tall and proud, sharing his study and life experience with us.
Africa is going digital, and this is happening rapidly unlike ever before. Access to digital communication technologies is now an intricate part of the lives of many people in Africa, most especially the middle class. Nigeria for instance, Africa’s most populous country, and most populous black nation in the World, already enjoys 47.1% internet penetration. Smartphone usage, including mobile internet data access, are increasing in demand. A roughly 25m – 40m people in Nigeria use a smartphone. This according to Statista, and the figure is expected to increase significantly by 2025.
When hearing the phrase ‘online learning’, health might not be the first word that comes to mind. Online learning is mostly associated with gadgets, flexibility and affordability. While this is indeed the case, health is an important factor. This includes both physical and mental health.
With over $90 million worth of scholarships, more than 25,000 students and graduates in 156 countries, state-of-the-art campuses opening in Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Uganda and a new partnership with the University of Suffolk in the UK, Unicaf had a lot to celebrate at its annual conference, held on the 30th of August in South Africa.