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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.

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.

Traditional curricula need to be redesigned to allow a more efficient integration of e-learning materials into traditional paper-based materials. Learners should be taught not only how to use ICT products in the narrow sense but also how to use ICT as tools to help them to learn and think independently. They should be allowed to leave the learning path given by the traditional learning materials, following their own interests to search for related information on the internet or in an integrated package  of e-learning materials. But e-learning materials should in the end be able to bring the learners back to the learning path.

Engaging learners in remote settings in poor countries is a particular challenge, but it can be overcome through  online communities and discussion forums, and by using immersive technologies such as video, which provide the basis for a far richer learning experience.

Awareness needs to be raised at the highest level as to why ICT is such an important element in education. ICT is the key driver of productivity growth and social change, yet there is a worldwide gap in professionals with e-skills. Leaders need to create the right policy environment to enable ICT to flourish in education and to tackle social barriers that hamper economic growth.

    Implemen- tations

    Implementation
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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.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
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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.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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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.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
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    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 ...

    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 u ...

    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.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society