New technologies for basic education and literacy Multi-lingual interventions in India and South Africa. IIEP/UNESCO Summer School 2009 Paris, 30 July 2009. Prof. Dan Wagner, Visiting Expert, IIEP International Literacy Institute University of Pennsylvania firstname.lastname@example.org
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Multi-lingual interventions in India and South Africa
IIEP/UNESCO Summer School 2009
Paris, 30 July 2009
Prof. Dan Wagner, Visiting Expert, IIEP
International Literacy Institute
University of Pennsylvania
a. What is ICT4D?
b. Why do this work?
Is it this?
Many policy-makers say impossible, because…
-> Current evidence suggests the contrary (see later).
…But there are R&D questions as well, such as…
Overall Global ICT Spending
ICT Spending by Region
In poor (and ‘fragile’) countries, more the half the population may be illiterate or low-literate
For fragile states especially, 100-200 million children are out-of-school youth
02. Similarly, there is a problem of skill allocation
Youth and Adult Illiteracy Rates(15 years and older, 2000)
East Asia & Oceania
Adult Illiteracy by Gender (2004)
(15 years and older)
Our goal should be: Focus on EFA – and beware of ICT-only (focused) solutions…
India – Andhra Pradesh state
Target groups: Reaching the poorest people:
South Africa –
- Relevance of content
- High quality instruction
- Extremely “user-friendly”3. India: Empowering a multi-lingual approach
Learning rate per hour
See CD-ROM lessons
Monitoring and Evaluation of ICT in Education:
InfoDev/World Bank Handbook for Developing Countries
The launch of the BFI in Andhra Pradesh, 2003