Sunday, 15 October 2017

Dissecting The "Digital Divide": A Case Study in Egypt

Reading this case study I have learnt a lot, what really interested me was that technology isn't enough to bridge the digital gap, we need transformation. The example in Egypt really shows this, as the government has provided schools with the technology needed, but that was it. There wasn't enough teacher training, and they didn't know what to do with the computers, they held them aside, as they scared that they would be damaged. The students didn't really use them to learn, as there wasn't a transformation. Many things needed to change so that the students and teachers would be able to adapt to the new technologies given. In my opinion and as stated in the article, the Egyptian Government's efforts were not enough as, they provided very little, it seemed that they didn't study the case well at all, they just wanted to have the technologies, but they didn't know what to do with it, also it was very clear they weren't spending correctly, as the spent very little on teacher training. People in charge in the government, were scared to take decisions, due to the fear for their job security, they didn't care about making a difference and taking initiative.

My Question would be, when will there a government in Egypt that actually takes care of this problem of education, and that will actually the study this area and will appropriately spend on all aspects of education in Egypt?

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