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Innovation Forum Part 2

One of the highlights of GESCI's policy forum on innovation and skills development (held end of January in Nairobi, Kenya), was the presentation of research on the use of technology, skills development, learning models for innovation and employment in the knowledge society. Mary Hooker of GESCI...

Majority of children can't keep pace with school curricula

Let’s move from schooling to learning. That’s one of the key messages I took away from this excellent report from the Center for Global Development, which presents empirical evidence to support a suspicion that many of us working in education already harbour – that the gap between schooling and...

SSA committed to EFA but bias remains in education funding

The recently published Financing Education in sub-Saharan Africa report by UNESCO reveals, among other things, a stark bias in many SSA governments’s education funding. This bias favors tertiary level students over primary and secondary, in some cases to the tune of 50:1. Public spending on...

NFE key player in the creation of Knowledge Societies

When there is a diffusion of ICT enabled services in the community such as government services, there is a knock on effect in the formal education system where greater demand is created for ICT. This acts as a catalyst for the creation of knowledge societies as it empowers the community at all...

The $35 Tablet - too good to be true?

The Indian government’s recent announcement of its plan to produce a $35 tablet next year garnered global media coverage. What was more stupendous than the magnitude of the task (taking simple economics into account), was the media’s almost wholesale acceptance of this latest tech-pledge at...

The Innovative Use of Mobile Applications in East Africa

The report from Sida, published in June, describes trends and challenges as well as opportunities for scaling up mobile applications. The report focuses on East Africa and evidence is drawn from statistics and secondary data from 2008 and 2009. The report identifies and describes a range of mobile...

Ministers discuss education & the knowledge society

The 5th eLearning Africa Conference in Lusaka, Zambia, saw ministers, diplomats and government officials from Angola, Finland, Kenya, Liberia, the Netherlands, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, gather for a Ministerial Round Table to discuss and explore key issues...

PanAf newsletter indispensable to ICT4E researchers and practitioners

In PanAf’s latest insightful newsletter on ICTs in education Thierry Karsenti reveals how the physical integration of ICTs in Education in Africa has few role models on the continent, with ICTs largely remaining an occasional support for teachers. At ELA 2010 Mr Karsenti will outline a model for...

Digital Divide shows little sign of narrowing

ITU’s, Measuring the Information Society 2009 Report, reveals that despite unprecedented ICT levels worldwide the digital divide shows little sign of narrowing. While ICT access in developing countries is improving, ICT use, according to the report, is not gaining much ground with broadband internet...

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