COVID-19 Impact on Education and Digital Ecosystem in Africa

AFReG: African Forum on Religion and Government is hosting a series of webinars on the theme of “The Impacts and Implications of COVID-19 and Africa’s Response.”

The webinar brought together experts from different countries and backgrounds. 

Questions/Areas of topics addressed by the panelists were:

  • Importance of Connectivity with Accessibility and Affordability for Everyone
  • Three Broad Areas of Implications of COVID-19 on Education and Importance of the African Union Agenda 2063
  • Ten Major Mindset Shifts in Education Needed in a Post-COVID-19 World
  • What Christians Learn from Scripture for the Church’s Response and Actions

Mr. Erik Hersman, Co-Founder, and CEO of BRCK, Kenya, emphasized the importance of connectivity in many aspects of life including education, health care, commerce and government services. One of the points he made was that no country can have a 21st century economy without accessibility and affordability of connectivity for everyone.

Hon. Dr. Olivia Muchena, Former Zimbabwe Government Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology, spoke on the disruption, disorder and disorientation created by COVID-19 and how education, science and technology come into it. She encouraged everyone to read through, be inspired by, and take to heart, the African Union’s Agenda 2063. 

Mr. Tewodros Tadesse Araya, CEO, Centre for African Leadership Studies and xHub Addis, Ethiopia, pointed out that COVID-19 was a magnifier and an exposer of who we are and where we stand, but it also provided opportunities for developing ways to improve. He shared ten major and crucial mindset shifts that need to take place in the education system. 

Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, Immediate Past Chairman, The Church of Pentecost, Ghana, provided a background on plagues from the Old and New Testaments. He then drew deductions and implications that can help the Church respond in relevant ways to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We invite you to register for the upcoming AFReG webinar series: 

WEBINAR III: Economic Impacts and Implications for Africa​​ on June 24, 2020, at

1 PM GMT (Accra)

4 PM GMT+3 (Nairobi)

9 AM EDT (New York)

This webinar is designed to present its participants with the ideas from business and economic leaders on COVID-19 related impacts and implications for the continent. The presentations will help foster the strategic thinking necessary to minimize and recover from the pandemic’s effects in this vital area impacting the continent’s ongoing development.

WEBINAR IV: ​Vision of a New Africa​ on July 1, 2020, at at

1 PM GMT (Accra)

4 PM GMT+3 (Nairobi)

9 AM EDT (New York)

Despite the economic, social and spiritual upheaval caused by the current COVID-19 global pandemic, this webinar is designed to present the opportunities available now and in a post COVID-19 environment. It is designed to present new and challenging perspectives and paradigms to help leaders navigate the new landscape on the continent.

Please register at to save your spot on Zoom.

We are very grateful for our moderators Colonel Daryl Jones (Ret.) and Lt. Col. Martha Stevenson-Jones (Ret.)

AFReG team