Ten Lessons for ICT and Education in the Developing World

By Ismael Peña-López
ICTlogy (ISSN 1886-5208). Issue #8, May 2004


[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:

  1. Computer labs in developing countries take
    time and money, but they work
  2. Technical support cannot be overlooked
  3. Noncompetitive telecommunications infrastructure, policies, and regulations impede connectivity and sustainability
  4. Lose the wires [i.e. go satellite, go wi-fi]
  5. Get the community involved
  6. Private-public sector partnerships are essential
  7. Link ICT and education efforts to broader education reforms
  8. Training, training, training
  9. Technology empowers girls [i.e. gender issues of ICT policies
  10. 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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