There has been a shift in the way the world at large sees Africa when it comes to development and the realization that for real change to occur, it needs to be completely sustainable.
Great strides have been made in recent years in terms of breaking down the barriers to physical accessibility to computing resources, as well as access to knowledge. There has been significant investment into providing ICT education to educators themselves so that they can not only pass the knowledge on, but understand how to maximise the benefit of the various technologies in the classroom.
In coming years, a higher availability of bandwidth across the Continent will create the opportunity for eLearning in the truest sense of the word, but there will still be considerable challenges to overcome in order to make this a reality for all African children.
New Technologies that look to reduce the total cost of investment on automation are also rapidly becoming household names in Africa,these include LG Zero Client Network Monitor,N-computing to name but a few.Though making a huge Impact LG which has a higher value proposition.(we shall discuss later).
Innovation, and an investment in innovation by all parties involved in education which include government and ICT development stake-holders, is the only way we will see substantial progress in African terms of the Millennium Development Goals and education in particular ,these best exemplified by the Government of Kenya through her ICT board which overlooks most ICT initiatives.
I think everyone that is deeply involved in ICT development in Africa is struck by the catch-22 that although we need to bring 21st century technology to the Continent to address its challenges, the reality is that those same challenges prevent this from being done – unless of course, we find innovative ways to do it. A prime example, there is no benefit to be derived from computers whatsoever if there isn’t access to an adequate power supply.Hence the need to invest on low power technologies like LG Network Monitors and N-computing which use a low as 40 watts of power,electricity being a major issue in Africa.
Also, people tend to think of Africa as innately ‘behind’ the rest of the world; that the Continent relies on the Western world for guidance yet most innovations and investments in regard to these technologies have been deployed mostly in Africa.