DVV International has created a place where adult education and learning (ALE) professionals can easily communicate with each other so that the wider continent may benefit from a pan-African team of educators.
MOJA – Adult Learning and Education Africa is an online resource in English and French – in time, more African languages will be added – for professional adult educators and practitioners in the public sector, private sector, civil society and academia in Africa as well as everybody who has an interest in lifelong learning. The MOJA platform is a place to share resources, articles, news and events, and get to know other adult educators from around Africa. It has a library of insights, experiences and accounts of innovative practices from across Africa that adult educators can explore and adopt to enhance their own professional practices.
MOJA facilitates network building across borders, recognising the importance of exchange and collaboration as the oxygen of learning, teaching and engagement. It offers interactive platforms such as blogs, chat rooms and other features for members to engage with one another that make it easy to collaborate and participate. “The MOJA community is a place to contribute your professional adult education experiences and get feedback from others,” says Christoph Jost, Director at DVV International.
MOJA has been launched in the African partner countries of DVV International in Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, Morocco, and Tunisia. Launch events will follow soon in Mozambique, Mali, Togo and Tanzania. Key stakeholders in the ALE sector, among them ministries, academia, NGOs, and members of the media, were invited to the event to learn about the different features MOJA has to offer.
DVV International together with its partners identified the need for adult educators in Africa to have a universally accessible online portal. The Institute commissioned MOJA’s development with its office in South Africa, but it has been conceptualised, designed and established jointly with DVV International’s offices and partner institutions across Africa.
“MOJA is a place where adult learning and education is analysed and investigated to find best practice for Africa. The Afro-centric focus is important,” says Caesar Kyebakola, DVV International country director in Uganda. “For the first time, African professionals now have an easy and accessible resource to benefit from the experiences of other African professionals in ALE. This can only strengthen the individual and collective work to further the education of adults across the continent,” Kyebakola says.
DVV International Country Director in Ethiopia Eshetu Abate says this is a resource that’s long been lacking in Africa. “The gaps that exist between adult educators will narrow now, creating a continent-wide team of educators to help address the poverty, marginalisation and disempowerment that impacts millions of Africans.”
All content on the MOJA platform is freely accessible to everybody. However, the “community” feature is only for ALE professionals and practitioners working in Africa.
Community members can use the platform to profile themselves and their organisations, to contribute and share their insights, to connect with others and to share news about their events.
Being part of the MOJA community offers the following benefits: