The World Bank Group and the African Development Bank, with the support of the African Union, are producing a new flagship report on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) have the potential to change fundamental business and government models in key sectors for Africa.
The overall goal is to raise awareness and stimulate action, especially among African governments and development practitioners, on how ICTs can contribute to the improvement and transformation of traditional and new economic and social activities. In order to provide analytical background for the study, a number of consulting firms are conducting sectoral studies of the actual and potential use of ICTs in the African economy. The aim is to identify specific opportunities and challenges in Africa that can possibly be addressed through an increased or more efficient use of ICT, benefiting from a best practice analysis of applications around the world. These studies will be used to assist various developmental partners in formulating options for strategic interventions in these fields and to making appropriate recommendations.
Within the World Bank, this work is being led by the infoDev program and the Bank's IT policy unit (TWICT), in coordination with the World Bank Africa region and the education sector anchor unit. (Additional background information on the eTransform Africa initiative can be found on the infoDev web site.)
The eTransform Africa education sector study focuses on five thematic areas:
- Teacher Professional Development: with an emphasis on the contextualization and implementation of a teacher competency framework for ICT in education.
- Affordable Technologies: with an emphasis on the opportunities and challenges for use of mobile devices and smart phones for access to learning materials and collaboration platforms.
- Digital Learning Resources: with an emphasis on the experience and challenges for development of open educational resources that are responsive to development needs.
- Education Management Information Systems (EMIS): with an emphasis on the opportunities and challenges for mobile data collection and dissemination.
- National Research and Education Networks (NRENs): with an emphasis on the global and African experience in development of NRENS. Particular attention will be paid to costs and shared applications, and how these can reach out to all levels of education.
Results from this work have now been posted on theTransform Africa web site at http://www.etransformafrica.org/sector/education