infoDev releases survey of ICT use in education in Africa

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infoDev has released initial results from a landmark Survey of ICT and Education in all 53 African countries, which seeks to gather together in a single resource the most relevant and useful information on ICT in education activities in Africa.

The Report notes that the process of adoption and diffusion of ICT in education in Africa is in transition- from projects to policies. The report finds that only a handful of countries have a national ICT policy in place or under development. Over three hundred notable ICT in education initiatives on the continent are included in the survey. The report also pointed out that public-private partnerships are important mechanisms enabling the implementation of ICT in national education systems in Africa.

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It was pointed out that Internet connectivity remains a major challenge, both within countries, and between Africa and the rest of the world. infoDev will also be releasing the working versions of 53 individual Country Reports developed as a result of this survey process. The country reports pay particular attention to the following themes:ICT Policies for Education, ICT Infrastructure for Education, ICT Activities and Initiatives in Higher Education, ICT Activities and Initiatives in Primary and Secondary Schools, ICT Activities and Initiatives in Non-formal Education, Gender Equity and ICT in Education, Factors Enabling and Constraining ICT Use in Education.

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