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Why Digital Inclusion Must Be at the Centre of Resetting Education in Africa

– World Economic Forum

How technology can be harnessed to tackle the education gap in African countries

This article describes how during the pandemic, the majority of school children across Sub-Saharan African who lack internet access were cut off completely from education, and have therefore fallen further behind their peers. It outlines the potential of inclusive technologies to transform the prospects of these students, particularly those living in rural and underserved areas.

“Online education enables learners to access resources from any location, at any time, at their own pace, and can be tailored to their individual interests. Huge potential lies with these technologies. Training can be easily scaled-up if the relevant infrastructure is in place.”

The article states that innovative technologies can provide children with vital access to education and digital skills, regardless of their socioeconomic status, and that governments should invest in this area to bridge the social inequalities that were worsened by the pandemic.

African governments must boldly pursue a collaborative approach in transforming education and enforce digital inclusion by investing in both basic and digital infrastructure such as digital public service delivery, internet coverage, and data storage capacity among others

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