Education is the basis for social and economic development. For Africa, a skilled workforce that utilizes ICTs effectively is a key factor in determining its competitiveness in the global digital economy and for harnessing its natural resources for sustainable growth.
According to a report, Data from the ITU shows that over a third of the African population has access to the Internet today, and the potential of the Internet to transform the traditional closed, static education to a learner-centered and interactive model is very high. Trends in digital classrooms, cloud computing, MOOCs, social media, one-to-one computing and mobile learning have increased reach and opportunities for using the Internet for learning without the constraint of geography, disability, gender and other social and economic divisions.
Over the last two decades, a variety of innovations in education has been initiated through the Internet. Many countries, including, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia have been making progress in drawing up comprehensive polices for ICT in education, providing students and teachers with necessary equipment (e.g. one-to-one computing), connecting schools to the Internet and supporting the development of National Research and Education Networks.
At the same time, ICT-based learning cannot succeed without other ingredients. It works when learners secure the skills and attitude to succeed in the globalized knowledge economy, where quality and motivated teachers and facilitators integrate technology in teaching, learning and assessment, and where parents or university leaders embrace it.
The Internet works well where and when the barriers of connectivity, cost, access, use, and electricity are dealt with head on. The Internet Society’s goal is to make the Internet available to everyone, everywhere, especially to those constrained by lack of access to infrastructure due to high costs, limited skills and absence of locally relevant content.
The Role of Internet in Education
The Internet offers an opportunity for addressing the learning needs of diverse groups in Africa, including the bulk of learners that are currently out of school, in a scalable and cost-effective way.
A blended learning environment that leverages the Internet can potentially help connect education to work, improve the skills that allow youth to access employment. The internet also provides the following:
• An alternative learning tools that contribute to alleviation of the pressing education challenges in Africa from absence of learning materials to limited quality and quantity of teachers.
• The Internet helps to reach more individuals and disseminate content and learning resources, like textbooks, at a lower cost.
• Under the right conditions, the Internet removes the barriers to education that marginalized groups, including women and disabled people, encounter
• Jobs are becoming increasingly global, which needs global connectivity and education that has international relevance.
• There is a demand for greater flexibility in education (any time, any place), by working people that require lifelong learning and on-the-job continuous professional development as employment patterns change. This can be possible via the Internet.
The Internet presents a wide range of opportunities for people around the world, especially those in developing countries. It serves as a platform for economic and social development, and educational needs.
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