International Women’s Day


“Since its inception, International Women’s Day has grown into a global celebration of past and present accomplishments of women, and as an opportunity to look ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities for future generations of women.” UNESCO

Learning to Learn Online


Athabasca University is pleased to offer Learning to Learn Online from February 26 to April 2, 2018.

Learn how online education differs from traditional classrooms while you develop your own personal plan and strategies for online learning success.

In this free five-week course, you will explore the fundamentals of the learning process and various models of online courses to determine your learning preferences and which forms of online learning are best for you. Activities will address common misconceptions, frustrations and fears about online learning, and introduce techniques to help overcome such obstacles and gain confidence as a learner.

Throughout the course you will be guided through an interactive and reflective process by a team of online learning specialists, with the opportunity to join in live sessions with leading researchers in online education.

Click here to enrol in Learning to Learn Online now at the Canvas Network.



World Radio Day


“Radio is the most dynamic , reactive and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate.”

International Day of Women and Girls in Science


“Girls continue to face stereotypes and social and cultural restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential. Women remain a minority in science research and decision-making. This throws a shadow over all efforts to reach” the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

eLearning Africa 2018: Call for Papers


The eLearning Africa 2018 Call for Papers is now open until January 30, 2018!

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Open Education Week 2018


In 2017 COMOSA Connect supported Open Education Week. This year, we are once again lending our support to promote and celebrate the global Open Education Movement. The goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

The event will run from March 5-9, 2018 and you can read more about the activities and even sign up to participate by going to their website.

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National Institute of Distance Education (INED) Mozambique


The National Institute of Distance Education, abbreviated as INED, is a public institution that coordinates and regulates distance education within the National Education System, with legal personality and administrative, technical and scientific autonomy.

The following are attributions of INED:

  • Definition of policies, regulations, strategies and plans for implementation and development of the distance education system, as well as regulate, monitor and evaluate their implementation;
  • Guarantee of the functioning of the national distance education network and adequate use of the resources involved;
  • Creation and development of a system of accreditation and quality assurance of distance education.

Contact: Sérgio Cossa

Address: Avenida Salvador Allende, nº 1060, Bairro da Polana, City of Maputo-Mozambique

Phone: +258 21 48 76 29



Technology Tools for Teachers


Technology Tools for Teachers is a good resource for those interested in using technology to enhance learning. The resources was prepared by the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). Click here to visit their website.

The areas covered in the document include:

  • Mind Tools
  • Resource Management Tools
  • Creativity Tools
  • Learning Management Tools
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Subject Specific Tools

Click here to download Technology Tools for Teachers

eLearning Africa 2018


In the past, internal division and external interference have held Africa back, creating artificial tensions, fostering conflicts and stifling growth. The scars of past divisions mark the face of Africa. Now, however, digital technology is bringing Africans closer together than ever before, creating an opportunity for education to transform the continent. With the world’s most youthful population, Africa is on the threshold of an era of unparalleled prosperity. How can digital technology and education help to break down barriers to competitiveness? How can technology and education combine to unite Africa?

How can African leaders encourage ICT-centric growth, innovation and job creation? What are the new opportunities for sharing knowledge and expertise across borders? How can Africans learn together and, in doing so, put an end to the divisions of the past? What are the skills all Africans need to succeed in tomorrow’s marketplace? How can we prepare young Africans to compete in global markets and, at the same time, address local needs? How can Governments and the private sector work together to create the highly skilled workforce the continent needs? How can they nurture tomorrow’s digital entrepreneurs?

What are the technological barriers to greater unity? What role can outside investors play and what are the opportunities for them in a more integrated Africa? What technological solutions can assist collaboration? What needs to be done to improve connectivity and create the ICT infrastructure for tomorrow’s Africa? How can we develop an African information society and boost regional integration? How can digital technologies be used both to improve quality and to extend access? And how can ICT help to ensure that the Africa of tomorrow is truly inclusive, so that every citizen has a stake in the future of the world’s most exciting continent?

In 2018, eLearning Africa will be held from September 26 – 28, in Kigali Rwanda.

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World AIDS Day


“UNESCO believes in education as the cornerstone of a sustainable and effective approach to HIV prevention…”

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

Education in Emergencies Group


As part of our blog series on education in emergencies, a group has now been created to allow teachers to share their expereince of working in emergency situations.

Click here to go to the group.


Cover photo: Artwork on the wall outside a girls’ school at a refugee camp in Jordan reads ‘welcome.’ Credit: Omar Chatriwala

Education in Emergencies


Conflicts, natural disasters and pandemics keep millions of children out of school and the numbers are rising. In crisis-affected countries, school-age children are more than twice as likely to be out of school as their peers in other countries (UNESCO, 2017). There are several policy documents and frameworks aimed at developing education systems that are more resilient and responsive in the face of conflict, social unrest and natural hazards – and to ensure that education is maintained during emergency, conflict and post-conflict situations. One such document is the Education 2030 Framework for Action.

There are also practical tools with the potential to support systems for education in emergencies. One such example is Aputs, which is provided by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Aptus is an off-grid, off-line virtual classroom that allows teachers and students in regions with no internet connectivity to benefit from digital resources and learning networks. This can be particularly effective when combined with the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) as well as Open, Distance and Flexible Learning (ODL) practices.

A low tech, but non-the-less effective and practical solution is School-in-a-Box, developed by UNICEF. The School-in-a-Box has become part of the UNICEF standard response in emergencies, used in many back-to-school operations around the world. The kit contains supplies and materials for a teacher and up to 40 students. The purpose of the kit is to ensure the continuation of children’s education by the first 72 hours of an emergency. School-in-a-box was recently deployed in Dominica, in the aftermath of hurricane Maria in 2017.

We have compiled a set of resources below to help teachers and education ministries to build their capacity and become more resilient and responsive in emergency situations.


Recommended Resources

1Education Cannot Wait: a fund for education in emergencies

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)


2 Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)


3 INEE Toolkit!

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)


4 Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies: A community of practice, a catalyst for change

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)


5 Hurricane Irma

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)


6 Education in Emergencies: Best Practices and Lessons Learned (Recorded webinar)

Education in Emergencies: Best Practices and Lessons Learned


7 Education in Emergencies – A Resource Tool Kit



8 EU-UNICEF Education in Emergencies: #EmergencyLessons Campaign Toolkit



9 Guidebook for planning education in emergencies and reconstruction



10 Guide To Education In Natural Disasters: How Usaid Supports Education In Crises

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


11 ECHO Factsheet – Education in Emergencies November 2017

European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)


12 Education in Emergencies Certificate of Advanced Studies

Save the Children


13 Left Behind: Refugee Education In Crisis – Chapter 1 Education in emergencies

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


14 Education in Emergencies: Resources and Publications

Plan International


15 (Spanish) – Learning and recovering in emergency situations: Launch of support guides for the educational sector | (English) – Coming soon




Cover photo: Derived from ‘Education Cannot Wait – The Need‘ infographic. Credit: ODI