Opportunities Arising from Increases In Affordable Internet Access
M-learning, online courses and other aspects of e-learning technology have the potential to enhance education provision in Africa in numerous ways. From raising literacy levels in poor rural areas where education infrastructure is lacking to complementing the existing courses at Africa’s top universities, remote learning using educational technology is flexible and very versatile.
neighborhoods, this article gives an in-depth overview of the ways in which affordable internet access is improving in Africa, and suggests ways to seize this opportunity to improve education across the continent.
The improvement of internet access in Africa: the statistics
Internet access in Africa varies from country to country, with the percentage of internet users in a given country’s population in some areas of Sub-Sahara Africa falling well below half. In South Sudan, for example, statistics show that by the end of June 2016 there were just under 2, 180 000 internet users for a population that exceeded 12, 500 000 people.
That means that only around a 5th of the South Sudanese population uses the internet. In affluent, urbanized South Africa, however, we can …read more
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