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Collaboration on creating EdTech Solutions for low technology or internet infrastructure environments 

According to the World Bank Blog:

 

One persistent challenge for educational policymakers and planners related to the potential use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in remote, low-income communities around the world is that most products, services, usage models, expertise, and research related to ICT use in education come from high-income contexts and environments.

 

One consequence is that technology-enabled 'solutions' are imported and 'made to fit' into what are often much more challenging environments. When they don't work, or where they are too expensive to be replicated at any scale, this is taken as 'evidence' that ICT use in education in such places is irrelevant -- and possibly irresponsible.

 

In this project, we use the power of diversity in our Tartu MA EdTech community to develop effective solutions-oriented case by case. In the current stage, we are working on providing teachers’ training. According to UNESCO during COVID:

 

Even for teachers in countries with reliable information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and household connectivity, the rapid transition to online learning has been challenging. For teachers in regions where ICT and other distance methodologies are less available, the transition has been even more difficult or impossible.

Teachers also require training to deliver distance and online education effectively, but such support is particularly scarce in low-income countries. Across sub-Saharan Africa, just 64% of primary and 50% of secondary teachers have received minimum training, and this frequently does not include ICT skills.

As a result, our team is currently collaborating with one of the most promising NGOs in Nigeria “ TeacherPedia NG” to deliver teachers’ training as a start in this long-term project.