Many learners in rural and peri-urban areas have limited or no access to a formal learning environment. Since the emergence of online learning, access has improved but mainly for those with smartphones and Internet access. A recent World Economic Forum report released on March 16, 2022, shows that only one in every ten individuals has access to meaningful connectivity, especially in low-income countries. COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of learning globally. However, those without smart devices and access to meaningful Internet are being left behind.

What effort are we as learning and development professionals making to close this gap using innovative curriculum design and delivery methodology? How are we ensuring that pedagogy takes into account that many learners are only able to speak and learn in their local language?

During this session, Dr. Peter Bamkole will share lessons learned by EDC Pan-Atlantic University in the past two years and will provide guidance on how you as a learning and development professional can make use of these lessons to improve access to those who may unintentionally be excluded.



Peter Bamkole

DR. PETER BAMKOLE: IFC Master Trainer, IFC-LPI TPMA Assessor and Trainer, Director of the Enterprise Development Center of Pan-Atlantic University

Dr. Bamkole is a business builder and an experienced director with a demonstrated history of management in the education sector. He has over 38 years of professional experience across the public and private sectors, having developed expertise in the training and development of MSMEs and non-profit organizations. Dr. Bamkole specializes in e-learning, negotiations, business planning, analytics, and coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Greenwich, U.K., and holds an MBA from IESE/Lagos Business School, Nigeria, and a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and innovation from the International School of Management, France. Dr. Bamkole is an independent non-executive director of Zenith Bank Plc.