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The African Virtual University (AVU) was established to create an open and affordable long distance learning to serve people in Africa. It is the largest distance and eLearning network with presence in over 27 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Altogether, the university has produced more than 40,000 graduates. It hosts 219 open educational modules ranging from mathematics and science, teacher education, and ICT skills. All courses are available free of charge in English, French and Portuguese.

AVU was first developed by the World Bank and handed over to African governments in 2003. The AVU’s interactive portal is accessible beyond Africa. It was awarded the top prize for Best Emerging Initiative by over 4,000 people in the first OpenCourseWare (OCW) People’s Choice Awards. AVU’s headquarters is in Nairobi, Kenya and has a regional base in Dakar, Senegal.

Sources

AVU Website

Africa Development Bank

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