[also via The Development Gateway]
Very interesting paper [PDF, 86Kb] by Robert J. Hawkins.
He’s working at World Links, a World Bank pilot project to foster the use of ICTs in learning environments in developing countries.
The ten lessons of the paper are:
- Computer labs in developing countries take
time and money, but they work
- Technical support cannot be overlooked
- Noncompetitive telecommunications infrastructure, policies, and regulations impede connectivity and sustainability
- Lose the wires [i.e. go satellite, go wi-fi]
- Get the community involved
- Private-public sector partnerships are essential
- Link ICT and education efforts to broader education reforms
- Training, training, training
- Technology empowers girls [i.e. gender issues of ICT policies
- Technology motivates students and energizes classrooms
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2004) “Ten Lessons for ICT and Education in the Developing World” In ICTlogy,
#8, May 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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