Local knowledge, local materials, local skills, local language, global network!
Published: 29 Apr 2009
During the UNESCO's workshop in Dhaka, we got the chance to give a presentation about some of the challenges and lessons learned in our work in Africa and Latin America. Using ICT in/for education is not only about bringing computers or Internet to the students in rural areas. Connectivity without a clear strategy and a sustainability plan is good for pilots but not to guarantee any replication.
When introducing ICT in education, there are many other aspects that needs to be taken into consideration: training methodology and curricula, access to reliable energy, localization of tools and content, added value services as voice,...
The reality of Bangladesh is overwhelming, the numbers talk: 1,000 people per square kilometer (20 in Sweden), women literacy rate 22% (99.8% in Cuba), >87.000 primary level institutions, 145 million people...
The ICT National Policy is a good piece of work that includes the promotion and use of cost-effective, open source and open architecture solutions and the promotion of Bangla language.