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Leveraging technology for education in the developing world?. Technology is a means not an aim. Priorities and objectives come first. So what specifically are we trying to accomplish?. Expand and improve early childhood care and education (pre-primary)

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Leveraging technology for education in the developing world?

Mark West, UNESCO Project Officer

Youth Mobile

19 March 2014


Technology is a means not an aim.


Priorities and objectives come first.


So what specifically are we trying to accomplish?


Expand and improve early childhood care and education (pre-primary)

Ensure free and compulsory education to all primary school children

Life long learning

Cut illiteracy rates in half

Eliminate gender disparities in education

Improve the quality of education

Education for All


Case study: Nigeria


Zooming in on priority areas


10.5 million children are out of school

Net enrollment has fallen significantly

ACCESS


35 million adults cannot read or write

64% are females

LITERACY


Retention for children who start school is relatively good… BUT children from very poor families generally do not even enter school

93% vs. 30%

Average education spending per child by the richest 20% of households in Nigeria is more than ten times higher than spending by the poorest 20% of households

EQUITY


Class

Geography

Gender

TROUBLING GAPS ACROSS LINES OF:


Class / Geography / Gender

Percentage of 7-16 year olds who have never been to school in Nigeria


Males: After six years of schooling, 28% were illiterate and 39% were semi-literate

Females: 32% illiterate and 52% semi-literate

QUALITY


Given our priorities technology can help.


In Africa mobile connectivity is becoming increasingly common


Penetration of Mobile Broadband


Price per gigabyte (in USD)


Mobile connectivity fees represent 2% of gross national income (GNI) in developed countries

and 30% of GNI in developing countries

BUT…


Moving toward ubiquity and we should plan for this future


Vastly improving functionality


Learners who might not have access to high-quality education or even schools often do have working mobile phones.

People generally know how to use mobile phones for communication and other purposes.

Mobile technologies will become more ubiquitous and powerful in the future.

Significance:


Proven capacity to help the poor


Practical


Invites and sparks local innovation


Excites learners and teachers alike


Fosters new forms of collaboration


Offers solutions for resource poor schools


Policy Guidelines


Expand the reach and equity of education


Facilitate personalized learning


Power anytime, anywhere learning


Provide immediate feedback and assessment


Ensure the productive use of time spent in classrooms


Build new communities of students


Support situated learning


Enhance seamless learning


Bridge formal and informal learning


Improve communication and administration


Maximize cost efficiency


Thank you.


Questions


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