Internet Is the Future of Education in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, 10m children drop out of primary school every year according to BBC. The internet is a resourceful tool that can improve and transform Africa’s education sector and contribute to economic transformation of African nations, a new study by the Internet Society indicates.

Alice Ingabire and Chantal Iradukunda in their computer class.
G.S. Kamabuye, Mayange, Rwanda, July 3rd, 2014

Dubbed the “Internet for Education in Africa,” the study says a blended learning environment that leverages internet can potentially help connect education to work, improve the skills that allow youth to access employment, empower lifelong learners, and importantly, support women, girls and disabled people to participate in learning without space, time and other cultural and social barriers.

While education struggles to cope with the digital transformation, Internet connectivity has grown exponentially. Africa is today the fastest growing and second largest mobile phone market in the world. While in some countries – including Botswana, Gabon and Namibia – there are more mobile subscriptions than inhabitants, Africa still has the lowest mobile penetration of any market. There is plenty more growth to come. Over 620 million mobile subscriptions mean that for the first time in the history of the continent, its people are connected.

With this increasing statistics , digital learning is a real possibility. More than a quarter of the African population (334 million) has access to internet, the majority of which are young people who are to use it for education purposes.

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