Ministers of Education of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 2004 asked the ECOWAS Commission to establish an online/distance education programme for the region using ICTs.
In response, the President of the Commission in 2006 set up the ECOWAS e-Learning Task-force. That task force’s Policy Statement now guides the Commission’s pilot e-Learning Initiative, which is designed to revolutionize education in West Africa as part of the institution’s all-round integration programme.
The principal objective of the public/private ECOWAS e-Learning Initiative is to make education not only more accessible, but also affordable for youths and the larger society. This will create flourishing ICT enterprises, making the young people with ICT skills more employable, engaged and capable of realizing their full potential in their communities and countries.43