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ICTs and African educational settings: Out of tune?

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This paper proposes to examine in-depth what kind of issues lead African countries to invest in information and communication technology (ICT) in order to secure not only better academic achievement for their students, but to engage in a globalized and economic development. While the introduction of ICTs in Africa may not have adversely contributed to increased educational gaps, it has also not alleviated Africa’s fragile institutional state. African countries may have to rethink their educational priorities, especially on how the role of ICTs intersects in context of increased global pressure.

It is not unusual to read about the educational technology challenges that are daily faced by African countries from every sector. In today’s global era of digital communication, and of a “plugged” generation developing hypertext minds, economic hopes in developing countries may be buried for good if African countries are not quick to log on before their future generations are left out of the global culture. The distribution of ICTs in Africa is more a result of an economic survival than of a choice, and thus technology acutely defines the poor and the rich.

This study will be engaging in a constructive assessment of the relevant educational challenges that African institutions are facing, and that might obstruct a successful implementation of ICTs as well as prevent strong collaboration between schools and African private sector.
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Kamugisha, Yvonne. "ICTs and African educational settings: Out of tune?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494122_index.html>

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Kamugisha, Y. , 2011-04-30 "ICTs and African educational settings: Out of tune?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494122_index.html

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Abstract: This paper proposes to examine in-depth what kind of issues lead African countries to invest in information and communication technology (ICT) in order to secure not only better academic achievement for their students, but to engage in a globalized and economic development. While the introduction of ICTs in Africa may not have adversely contributed to increased educational gaps, it has also not alleviated Africa’s fragile institutional state. African countries may have to rethink their educational priorities, especially on how the role of ICTs intersects in context of increased global pressure.

It is not unusual to read about the educational technology challenges that are daily faced by African countries from every sector. In today’s global era of digital communication, and of a “plugged” generation developing hypertext minds, economic hopes in developing countries may be buried for good if African countries are not quick to log on before their future generations are left out of the global culture. The distribution of ICTs in Africa is more a result of an economic survival than of a choice, and thus technology acutely defines the poor and the rich.

This study will be engaging in a constructive assessment of the relevant educational challenges that African institutions are facing, and that might obstruct a successful implementation of ICTs as well as prevent strong collaboration between schools and African private sector.


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