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PROMOTING INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. Bahawodin Baha, PhD. University of Brighton, UK. Invited Lecture,CPHD Kabul University. July 23, 2008. Outline. The relationship between Human Development and Technologies,

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PROMOTING INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN AFGHANISTAN

Bahawodin Baha, PhD.

University of Brighton, UK.

Invited Lecture,CPHD

Kabul University.

July 23, 2008


Outline

  • The relationship between Human Development and Technologies,

  • UN MDGs and technologies, specifically related to ICT,

  • What is ICT and why it is important,

  • Reasons for promoting ICT,

  • Requirements for future workforce in the world,

  • A New Century withNew Technological Frontiers,

  • New initiatives on ICT at Universities worldwide,

  • Higher Education and ICT,

  • Digital Resources for Education,

  • ICT in Afghanistan,

  • ICT & Human Development in Afghanistan and

  • Concluding remarks.


Relationship between human development and technologies

  • The advancement in technologies has revolutionized:

    • Agriculture

    • Construction industry

    • Transportation

    • Telecommunications

    • Energy

    • Pharmaceutical

      The above sectors have direct effect on human development


UN MDGs and Information andCommunication Technologies (ICTs)

  • Part of goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

    • In co-operation with private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies- especially information and communication technologies (ICTs)

    • Pharmaceutical companies, provide access to essential drugs


What is ICT?

  • ICT is the field of expertise that connects information technology (computers) and telecommunications networks (the Internet) to provide sophisticated applications.

  • Digital electronic devices and circuits, communication theory and networks are used to design and develop ICT tools

  • ICT tools are widely used in every aspects of daily life throughout the world, e.g. Office work, transport, banking, home appliances, etc.

  • Beside other applications, ICT tools and media is playing a major role in educating people around the world.

  • ICT tools have been developed to make the governments and businesses more efficient

  • To modernise Afghanistan, we need ICT Literate workforce for every sector in the country

  • The future workforce is trained at educational institutions around the world, therefore, the problem should be addressed at source


Reasons for promoting ICTLocation No Longer Matters.

  • The World is changing

  • “The World is Flat” -- Tom Friedman

    • In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down, and Microsoft’s Windows went up.

    • $1.5 trillion worth of optical fiber connects the world.

    • Globalization has “accidentally made Beijing, Bangalore, London, New York next door neighbors.”

    • Many jobs are now just a “mouse click” away from anywhere..


Reasons for promoting ICT (cont)

  • 20th Century:

    • Physics, Electronics, and High-Speed Communications and Transportation

  • 21st Century:

    • Bio, Nano and information technologies are main challenges

    • but also Energy, Water, and Sustainability

    • Large scale multinational projects

    • ICT literate workforce is key to the success in all these development


Technically Adept

Broadly Knowledgeable

Innovative and Entrepreneurial

Commercially Savvy

Requirements for future workforce

  • Multilingual

  • Culturally Aware

  • Able to Understand World Markets

  • Professionally Flexible and Mobile


A New Century with

New Technological Frontiers


With New Engineering Frontiers

Bio

Info

Nano

Smaller and Smaller

Faster and Faster

More and More Complex


Engineering Frontiers

Macro

Energy

Environment

Health Care

Manufacturing

Communications

Logistics

Larger and Larger

More and More Complex

Great Societal Importance


Frontiers and Synergies

Natural Science

Nano

Bio

Info

Macro

Energy

Environment

Health Care

Manufacturing

Communications

Logistics

Science and Engineering

Are Merging.


Frontiers and Synergies

These engineering systems need

social science, management, and

humanities / communications.

Nano

Bio

Info

Macro

Energy

Environment

Health Care

Manufacturing

Communications

Logistics

Social Science


Frontiers and SynergiesMust be reflected in university education.

Natural Science

Nano

Bio

Info

Macro

Energy

Environment

Health Care

Manufacturing

Communications

Logistics

Social Science


The Payoff will come from Bridging the Frontiers

Bio

Info

Nano

Macro

Energy

Environment

Health Care

Manufacturing

Communications

Logistics

Bio-based materials

Biomemetics

Personalized, Predictive

Medicine

Synthetic Biology

Biofuels

Etc.


New initiatives on ICT at Universities worldwide

  • leading US universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley and MIT

    to provide lectures and research news free of charge

  • MIT has a program called Open Course Ware (OCW), a free publishing venture

    • Teaching Materials for 1800 courses

    • Free of charge to Anyone, Anywhere

  • Some universities in the UK distribute their lectures via the iconic iTunes service

  • The iTunes service gained its dominant position in online music as

    the downloading service for the iPod player

  • Lectures can be downloaded from an academic iTunes service

  • The early emergence of a Meta University – a dynamic,

    communally-constructed framework of open materials and

    platforms on which much of higher education worldwide can

    be constructed or enhanced.


Higher Education and ICT

  • ICT can be used in higher education for the following purposes:

    • Teaching

      • Developing course material

      • Delivering and sharing content

      • Communication between learners, teachers and the outside world

      • Distance learning

      • Video conferences

      • Creation and delivery of presentations and lectures

        -Academic research

      • To find information

      • To find out about research centres

      • To communicate with other researchers

      • To share ideas and new development with other fellows

        -Administrative support

      • Student enrolment

      • To keep students records

      • Time table


Digital Resources for Education

  • Cyberinfrastructure

  • Inexpensive, Limitless Memory

  • Digital Archives

    • JSTOR, ARTstor, Ithaka, Public Library of Science, Google Library, …

  • Platforms / Pedagogy

    • SAKAI, OKI, Open Learning Initiative (CMU), Connexion (Rice), Digital Chemistry (Berkeley), VUE (Tufts), Lionshare (Penn State), …


ICT in Afghanistan

  • Ministry of Communications and IT

  • The need of ICT literate workforce in non-governmental & governmental organizations

  • The establishment of new IT departments at Universities

  • Integration of ICT in the main stream education is essential

    • Be able to communicate with outside efficiently

    • Have access to a rich academic environment

  • Progress?


  • ICT & Human Development in Afghanistan

    ICT can help the development in the following areas:

    • Government and governance

      • Enhance management system

  • Poverty alleviation

    • Better access to relevant knowledge on agriculture, disease control and market price

  • Environmental management

    • Through the use of GIS and early warning system

  • Health

    • Information and knowledge sharing

  • Education

    • ICT is playing important role in distance and e-learning

  • Others


  • In Closing

    Some Personal Views

    about ICT in Afghanistan


    • Integrate ICT at the hearth of development in the national strategy

    • Strong steps must be taken to Improve the quality of education and integrate ICT in the education system

    • ICT literate workforce is essential for the future of the country

    • ICT can accelerate the development in the country


    Challenges

    • Lack of qualified and experience ICT literate human resource in the country

    • Lack of affordable ICT tools

    • Lack of power especially in the remote areas

    • Lack of reliable communication networks


    Thank you for your attention.


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