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Elixir for Education Gaps in Emerging Markets: Digital Education

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Can digital education, online learning, school innovations expand education opportunities in places like Indonesia and Africa, where primary education rates lag?

2015, the year in which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be reached, is around the corner.  193 United Member States and over 20 international organizations have agreed to achieve eight MDGs.  So where are we on MDG 2, which calls for the achievement of universal primary education for all boys and girls?  The simple answer is, not where ought to be.  Are digital learning and online education a solution?  Sounds like they could very well be.  Earlier this month, the third annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) was held in Doha.  Over a thousand education stakeholders convened to discuss best practices for changing educational norms in today’s society.

Covering WISE for The Jakarta Post, Ary Hermawan points out that there is a $16.2 billion gap in education funding to reach MDG 2 goal, among other key things that are lacking such as innovation, qualified teachers for the learning poor and access. Ary emphasizes the role of web 2.0 and Wikipedia in education (access full article via link below) but the realm of e-learning is extensive promising to offer solutions to the challenges he outlines:

Call for Innovation

We need to alter the way children are taught, some experts say. Students need to learn differently, other experts argue. And, yet, activists are still calling for more donations to bring the usual learning to the poor.

The pressing question is, has education adapted to the online culture? Are we just bringing the traditional, obsolete teaching method online?

Unqualified Teachers

Freda Wolfenden, is the director of the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA), an online network of over 20 universities and organizations from 12 African countries that provides multilingual high-quality resources for teachers and teacher educators.  These modules are used to train between 300,000 and 400,000 teachers a year in the region, where half of primary school teachers have few, or no, qualifications at all. 


On the southern part of the globe, some children are left with no access to education; schools buildings are crumbling or located in a place so remote and isolated that children are forced to walk for miles to get there, with no guarantee to the quality of their education either.

The OECD, in its latest report, ranked the UK among the countries with the worst education dropout rates in the developed world.

Via: Education Today, In Search of Innovation by Ary Hermawan for The Jakarta Post

Related Links:

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

Education at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators

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