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Solution for Improving Educational Infrastructures through Emerging Technologies

The Challenge

According to the OECD (2001) the growth of the knowledge society and the development and pervasiveness of the emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) represent a major challenge ...

According to the OECD (2001) the growth of the knowledge society and the development and pervasiveness of the emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) represent a major challenge and a major opportunity for education. Over the past decade, many countries have made large investments in improving their educational infrastructure by providing more computers and better internet access to schools.

Equip schools with adequate hardware, software and internet connections, taking account of inequality in financial and human capital endowments between different regions and countries. The efficient use of older ICT products has great potential.

To improve educational infrastructure through ICT, schools should be better equipped with adequate hardware, software and internet connections. Many economically backward regions and countries still lack financial and human capital and the supportive institutions to enable them to build telecommunication networks and to use ICT products within their education systems.

In conditions of poverty, use could be made of older, more affordable yet still functioning equipment, perhaps slightly outdated models of computers and mobile telephones or surplus stock from developed countries. These models could be an acceptable substitute for the most advanced ICT equipment (which very often contains the mere “prestige” value of owning the latest model of a known brand).

Virtual mobility is an important tool to address rising costs of education in developed countries and to tackle access to quality education, especially in developing countries. Using technologies such as video conferencing, learners can develop connections beyond their culture, countries and expertise and access specialist teaching remotely and globally.

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    A range of measures by the Kenyan Government

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    Operate public-private partnerships by focusing especially on cooperation between the private sector and local end users, such as schools, educational bureaux and NGOs.

    Operate public-private partnerships by focusing especially on cooperation between the private sector and local end users, such as schools, educational bureaux and NGOs.

    Operate public-private partnerships by focusing especially on cooperation between the private sector and local end users, such as schools, educational bureaux and NGOs.

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    Train teachers to make intelligent use of ICT resources and to integrate e-learning into their curricula. Redesign curricula and integrate qualitative and interactive e-learning materials and techniques into traditional paper-based ...

    Train teachers to make intelligent use of ICT resources and to integrate e-learning into their curricula. Redesign curricula and integrate qualitative and interactive e-learning materials and techniqu ...

    Train teachers to make intelligent use of ICT resources and to integrate e-learning into their curricula. Redesign curricula and integrate qualitative and interactive e-learning materials and techniques into traditional paper-based materials.

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    Establish open access repositories for educational resources and build open fora for all potential interested users.

    Establish open access repositories for educational resources and build open fora for all potential interested users.

    Establish open access repositories for educational resources and build open fora for all potential interested users.

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    Use ICT to improve the overall efficiency and accountability of the education system as a whole.

    Use ICT to improve the overall efficiency and accountability of the education system as a whole.

    Use ICT to improve the overall efficiency and accountability of the education system as a whole.

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