News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 75 on 8 June 2001

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MAKING THE INTERNET WORK FOR EDUCATION IN AFRICA - SPECIAL FEATURE

8 June 2001

Using the internet to make a difference to education in Africa poses enormous challenges. There are high capital and continuous revenue costs as well as considerable technological challenges in wiring remote areas. This education special outlines two approaches. Kyle Johnston describes how Namibia plans to wire all its schools by 2005. He describes a patchwork of technical solutions reflecting different circumstances. Jason Monty from the UK’s DFID looks at how an initiative backed by the UK’s Prime Minister (Imfundo) seeks to enhance teacher training and improve education management information systems in sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to use opportunities from knowledge…