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Below is the purpose of SANTEC as well as a summary of the rationale for setting up SANTEC.
All other details like objectives, organisational structure and the like is described in the constitution.

Please see the SANTEC Constitution.

Purpose of SANTEC

The purpose of SANTEC is to to provide an enabling network of educational technology and eLearning practitioners with an interest in developing environments in order to facilitate and support collaborative ventures, and effect synergies amongst members.
SANTEC facilitates the conceptualisation and execution of sustainable programmes in developing environments - with an initial focus in Southern Africa - in project format.
SANTEC will draw together individuals, institutes of higher education, industrial organisations and other institutions in Southern Africa and beyond as a community of practice in a ultimately financially sustainable programme of research, training and professional services in Educational Technology and eLearning thereby creating regional connections and effecting synergies among members.

Rationale for SANTEC

There is a great need now for cooperation and collaboration among educational technology and eLearning practitioners in SADC and beyond

1. International funding bodies increasingly prefer to fund projects of networks rather than individual institutional projects; SANTEC will be a recognised and trusted funding intermediate.

2. There has been a growing interest and various attempts towards eLearning in SADC member states in the last decade.

3.  There is an increasing acceptance of the imperatives for the region’s involvement in eLearning. These imperatives include

  • To prepare students for effective participation in the workplace and the wider, global information society
  • To use the connectivity of eLearning to establish collegial networks, create new learning & research communities nationally, regionally, continentally and internationally
  • To leapfrog across the digital divide
  • To use ICT to increase the success rate and quality of learning of students
  • To bridge geographical distances more effectively.

4. There are a limited number of eLearning professionals and educational technologists in SADC and other developing environments. 

5. There are certain differentiating factors and issues in the SADC region and similar developing environments that calls for contextualised approaches.

6. Educational Technology and eLearning are dynamic and fast growing fields making it difficult for individuals and institutions to keep abreast of all developments.

7. SADC has been created to stimulate collaboration, not competition. SADC countries and other similar developing environments need to collaborate in these fields.  

8. There is a growing need to develop upcoming educational technologists and eLearning professionals through proper, contextualised education and training programmes in the region and in other developing environments.

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