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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
Leveraging technology for education in the developing world?

Mark West, UNESCO Project Officer

Youth Mobile

19 March 2014





Education for all

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
Case study: Nigeria (pre-primary)



Access

10.5 million children are out of school (pre-primary)

Net enrollment has fallen significantly

ACCESS


Literacy

35 million adults cannot read or write (pre-primary)

64% are females

LITERACY


Equity

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


Troubling gaps across lines of

Class good… BUT children from very poor families generally do not even enter school

Geography

Gender

TROUBLING GAPS ACROSS LINES OF:


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Class / Geography / Gender good… BUT children from very poor families generally do not even enter school

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


Quality

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

Females: 32% illiterate and 52% semi-literate

QUALITY






Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

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

and 30% of GNI in developing countries

BUT…



Vastly i mproving functionality
Vastly income (GNI) in developed countriesimproving functionality


Significance

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
Proven capacity to help the poor or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Practical
Practical or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Invites and sparks local innovation
Invites and sparks local innovation or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Excites learners and teachers alike
Excites learners and teachers alike or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Fosters new forms of collaboration
Fosters new forms of collaboration or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Offers solutions for resource poor schools
Offers solutions for resource poor schools or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Policy guidelines
Policy Guidelines or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Expand the reach and equity of or even schools often do have working mobile phones.education


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Facilitate personalized or even schools often do have working mobile phones.learning


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Power anytime, anywhere or even schools often do have working mobile phones.learning


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Provide or even schools often do have working mobile phones.immediate feedback and assessment


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Ensure the productive use of time spent in or even schools often do have working mobile phones.classrooms


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Build new communities of or even schools often do have working mobile phones.students


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Support situated or even schools often do have working mobile phones.learning


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Enhance seamless or even schools often do have working mobile phones.learning


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Bridge formal and informal or even schools often do have working mobile phones.learning


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Improve communication and administration or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Leveraging technology for education in the developing world

Maximize cost or even schools often do have working mobile phones.efficiency


Thank you
Thank you. or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


Questions
Questions or even schools often do have working mobile phones.


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