FOSS developers gather to build education tools for Africa

By   |  January 24, 2005

Following on from the developer roadshow held at the University of the Western Cape last month (here), free software developers from nine African universities are again meeting at the university this week. This time they are learning about and developing software for the Kinky application framework.

Universities taking part in the workshop are University of Jos (Nigeria), Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Senegal), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya), University of Nairobi (Kenya), Makerere University (Uganda), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Catholic University of Mozambique (Mozambique) and The University of Eduardo Modlane (Mozambique).

\”When they leave at the end of this workshop, they should be fully versed in application development using the KINKY application framework,\” says project initiator Professor Derek Keats of UWC. \”Upon their return home after a week, they will be working on a second-generation learning management system suitable for the bandwidth environment of Africa and that is at the cutting edge of e-learning,\” he says.

An incomplete, alpha preview of the system, known as KEWL.NextGen, was released in December by the Free Software Innovation Unit at UWC, and the purpose of this workshop is to develop it further and add new features based on their experiences and the needs of their own institutions, says Keats.

\”This is a very intense week of hands-on software writing. At the end of the week we should have five new working modules for KEWL.NextGen, and everyone should be able to go away and continue collaborating and developing online,\” says Megan Watson, a developer with the Free Software Innovation Unit.

For further information see the AVOIR website at http://avoir.uwc.ac.za and for sourcecode see http://avoir.uwc.ac.za/kngfiles/index.php.

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