EdTech in Developing Countries
“As most of the population know, there is a substantial difference between the modern technology available to schools within developing countries vs schools within developed countries. However, many people overestimate or severely underestimate how large and impactful that gap really is.”Sam Ford, 14
It is not uncommon to believe those within developing parts of the world have almost none or no access at all to technology and although this belief may be popular, for the most part it is false. Some/most of these schools have a few laptops and some even have tablets! In fact, in Kenya the government is spending Sh17.6 billion (USD $173.5 million) on tablets for primary school pupils.
However this certainly does not imply that all developing world schools are supplied with technology, there are many schools still struggling and this sadly effects the quality of education and opportunities for the children/students. This is why we feel it is essential to provide to schools in these circumstances, as every child deserves the same chances in life.
“In Kenya the government is spending Sh17.6 billion (USD $173.5 million) on tablets for primary school pupils; I hope this is a blueprint for other governments of developing countries.”
– Sam, Digital Marketing Assistant
Alongside Global Teacher, there are other companies, technologies and online platforms/software that have been created to assist education. This would include things like online software containing educational resources (E.g Tes — Although it’s not aimed at helping third world countries) that would be accessible as soon as a school acquires internet connection and an appropriate device. There is also some specialized technology designed to aid developing world education, such as POD. However, the growth of technology is mainly more of a general approach, with technology based companies or governments supplying laptops or tablets.
“Two and a half million laptops later, some critics point out the project’s failures with its Western-centric approach and “technologically utopia” vision that hailed technology as the answer to difficult social problems.”
To conclude, although there have been many advancements within the field of EdTech (educational technology) there are still many problems that need to be solved and hopefully many upcoming solutions that create a brighter and more equal future for every child across the globe.