The Internet: An educational lifeline

The internet is most probably one of the greatest inventions of the modern world and now is at the centre stage in the debate on its educational role in the world.

There can be no doubt that the revolutionary invention of 1965 has changed our world. In its broadcasting capabilities, the internet is a mechanism for information distribution, and a medium for interaction between individuals and their computers irrespective of geographic location.

So, what’s behind the need to push the net as the educational lifeline for the world?

Well, this discussion has arisen following Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcements. The Internet entrepreneur recently vowed to bring the internet to UN refugee camps; helping migrants receive aid and stay in touch with family.

The 31-year-old billionaire called web access “an important enabler of human rights” as he launched a campaign to make it available to the world within five years.

In the developing world, people use it as a space to learn and collaborate with others. It’s more than a ‘selfie-vault’ or Snapchat-bearing tool – it’s a space for learning and community advancement.

Technology and education activist and founder of Africa Gathering, Jamme said, “What really works is giving an opportunity to girls. [In Africa]…pushing for every single girl to have access to education”. Historically in Africa, it is the men who have more access to technology so Jamme is pushing for equality and education too.

With nearly 60 million children in the continent that don’t get a single day at school, the internet can provide “inclusive and equitable quality education”, CEO of A World at School Sarah Brown explained.

TNT Business Yasin Chinembiri

 

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