A recently published study by Internet Society suggests that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the Internet in particular, could have a transformative effect on education in Afrika and actually improve it.
The study title "Internet for Education in Africa – Helping Policymakers to Meet the Global Education Goals” was revealed on 8 May 2017 at the the Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue that took place in Kigali, Rwanda.
“A skilled workforce that can use Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) effectively to solve Africa’s problems will also determine Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy,” said Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society.
Some of the key advantages of Internet learning outlined in the report are:
- The Internet provides alternative learning tools to address some education challenges in Africa such as the lack of learning materials and teachers.
- The Internet can reach more individuals and disseminate content and learning resources at a lower cost.
- It can remove certain economic and social barriers to education such as geography, gender, and disabilities.
- It provides greater flexibility for any-time, any-place education, particularly for those who are working and want to pursue professional development.
Bekele further explained that "policymakers have a critical role to play in creating the necessary ecosystem for integrating ICT in education,”.
The report also emphasizes that to harness the power of the Internet in improving education in Afrika will require clear vision and strategy and, most importantly, commitment accompanied by investment in broadband connectivity, learning resources, and technical support.