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
19 March 2014
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
10.5 million children are out of school
Net enrollment has fallen significantly
35 million adults cannot read or write
64% are females
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
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
Mobile connectivity fees represent 2% of gross national income (GNI) in developed countries
and 30% of GNI in developing countries
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.
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