Prof. Vincent Ado-Tenebe, the Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), on Saturday, said Nigeria would host the 7th Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF7) between December 2 and 6.
Ado-Tenebe made the disclosure at a pre-forum news conference in Abuja, saying NOUN had chosen Abuja for the forum, tagged “Open Learning for Development: Towards Empowerment and Transformation.??
He said the forum was being organised by the Commonwealth of Learning in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
He added that the forum would focus on five themes, which are “Girls and Women’s Education, Skills Development, Promoting Open Educational Resources, Innovation and Technology and Institutional Development.
The vice chancellor noted that each of the themes would explore a number of past and contemporary issues and challenges.
“It will also create an avenue to know how the potential of open and distance learning and appropriate technology can be harnessed or are being used to address them,?? he added.
The NOUN boss said that under each theme, there would be? analytical discussions of case studies, models, tools and approaches on the use of open and distance learning? to promote learning for development.
The forum would also be an avenue for participants to know the values and use of distance learning, in terms of different technologies on how to operate the business of distance learning.
“This is because even though open and distance learning is not new to Nigerians, it is new to most parts of the world and unless we learn the real technology of how to deliver, we will not be able to do the right thing.??
He said that the forum would create an opportunity for the whole world to know that an individual or people can be educated from so many ways by using different technology with limited resources.
Ado-Tenebe added that “the forum will show us how easily we can make education accessible, flexible and affordable to all people.??
He said experts from over 50 countries would be participating in the forum to ensure the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on Education for All by 2015.
He added that the forum would attract the best in academic and other industries in some part of the world and especially for those involved with open and distance learning programmes.
Also Dave Wilson, the Communication Manger, Commonwealth of Learning, said the focus of the forum was not restricted to only higher education.
Wilson said it would not only be of benefit to Nigeria or West Africa but the whole world.
The Commonwealth of Learning was partnering with 32 other countries to develop the open and distance programme with the latest technology.