Africa – not wired

July 23, 2007

I saw Africa, Offline: Waiting for the Web in today’s edition of The New York Times, which states that less than 4% of Africa’s population is connected to the web, and that most of these are in South Africa and some of the northern Africa countries.

It seems that while most of the world is trying to put together elearning solutions and various non-profit organisations blog and work from Africa, the fact that most of the continent is not connected seems to have missed them. There are quite a few initiatives on the go and I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in a number of elearning initiatives. However with the cost of connectivity running at about over 50% of the per capita income of the people we are trying to reach, it is the telecoms that are killing the programs. So all the good intentions in the world of getting rural teachers, nurses and clinic staff educated via elearning, are not helping if the infrastructure is costing more than a teacher’s annual salary.

Ok – rant over. Read the article.


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