On 18 February, the IPA’s Educational Publishers Forum held a meeting entitled ‘Virtual Africa’ which attracted over 100 registrations, ranging from the USA and Latin America around the world through Europe and Africa, all the way to Malaysia and China.
The two-hour meeting heard important presentations from senior representatives of IPA’s burgeoning African membership. These included Samuel Kolawole (Chair of the African Publishers Network), Lawrence Njagi (Executive Committee member and President of the Kenya Publishers Association) and Asare Yamoah (President of the Ghana Publishers Association). Each speaker gave an overview of the current state of play for educational publishers across Africa but especially in anglophone East and West Africa. Long-time EPF member Antti Rammo from Estonia also contributed to the African focus by discussing the successful collaboration between his publisher, Avita, and the Kenyan government.
The second hour of the meeting featured representatives from Brazil, China, Hungary, Russia, and Eastern Europe reporting on the effects of the COVID pandemic in their countries/regions and the practical measures that governments are taking in relation to the delivery of education there. There was also a brief discussion of the work of the EPF’s Working Group on EdTech/Big Tech.