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Challenges That Hinder EdTech Adoption in Africa

Challenges That Hinder EdTech by Vivid Skills Academy

If there’s anything that has really helped education improve with steady strides, it’s education marrying technology. Yes, the facility of technology is exploding the education sector level by level. Things that looked almost next to impossible are now a reality. Say, thanks to technology, you’ll find classrooms in one’s room. And with no doubt, the contribution of technology has been transformational for this challenging sector.

Today, one cannot imagine education operating without technology and this has helped impossible things to function without technology. From marking attendance to teaching using various tools, technology has made everybody’s life easier. Technology has taken unelaborate learning to a level where students get engaged to what they’re learning within the absolute best way and as per their individual learning pace.

Within the developed nations, schools have evolved from being a boxed computer class into a flexible learning tool. Also, the methods during which teachers demonstrate concepts, assign projects and assess the progress of the learners has changed. There are many transformations within the sector and therefore the purpose of such isn’t only to develop students to thrive during a tech-dominated world but to create a progressive world too.

The developed world had much before acquired a replacement face to education and learning and now the developing world is additionally following equivalent footsteps. However, the adoption of education technology within the developing world isn’t a rapid uptake and its success too would remain questionable unless the five existing issues are addressed.

So, let’s examine the challenges in developing nations hindering the successful adoption of edtech. A discussion on these issues is best to assist experts to come up with an efficient solution to resolve them and pave way for the successful deployment of edtech in education.

Electrical Power
Technological devices cannot work without power and until power is widely available or for that matter, made affordable, the adoption of edtech will still remain bleak. So, in such a condition when funding agencies show their willingness to support educational technology initiatives, they need to consider how power would be provided to those devices. Solar energy and batteries are an honest option- adopted widely by developed worlds too.

Internet Connectivity
Another challenge that is hindering edtech adoption in developing countries is that delivering connectivity to homes, schools and institutions is very inexpensive. Also, the bandwidth must be capable of carrying videos so that users can have sound access to the variety of educational materials available in video format and be ready to exchange reasonable quality photographs and video clips. In fact, we’ll probably need to start seeing access to the internet as a basic right.

Training & Professional Development
No matter whatever comes at one’s disposal, electric power, internet bandwidth and electrical devices, if there are not many teachers who skill to use these devices effectively, everything goes down the drain. What’s equally important for an educator is to understand the concepts behind teaching with technology and have hands-on experience using technology.

Value of Teachers
Teaching is one profession that’s highly respected within society but when it involves earning an income, it’s not everywhere that teachers are highly paid. Teachers are looked upon as a cornerstone of society because upon them rests the vital responsibility of teaching future generations.

Sustainability
In the developing world, the result of implementing any educational technology project should include a minimum of two aspects – one being how technology or instructional method can improve learning and the other being, how the tactic or technology are often sustained after the initial funding has ended. The fact of the matter is that most educational professionals are very excited knowing about the newest trends in technology but when asked about sustainability, they have no idea because they pay the least attention until a requirement to think upon it comes up. They understand that the possibilities of technologies are massive but fail to know that if it’s not supported and maintained, it cannot sustain.

There is often an endless talk on how various educational technologies can progress a far better world of education and their potential is immense. But, until the above issues are addressed well in a significant manner, educational progress will still be slow.

Don’t you think so? Let us know what your views are, through your comments.

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Vivid Skills Academy believes that investing in the development of people is the best way to create a strong and productive corporate culture. Such a culture is not the result of one event, but a tailored learning journey in which each milestone adds value. The aim is talent transformation needed to achieve business results.