DIGITAL INCLUSIVITY AND ICT INFRASTRUCTURE IN SCHOOLS
It's no secret: technology lies at the nexus of increased opportunity and continuous innovation. And for students, trainees and learners, it can promote their ability to learn, work, research, collaborate, and independently develop knowledge.
However, it is also no secret that unequal access to technology -- either due to lack of hardware such as mobile phones, lack of access to connectivity and internet or inadequate digital literacy -- can exacerbate existing inequalities.
At the end of 2021, the Namibia Internet Governance Forum reported that about half of the Namibian population does not have access to the internet. Six months later, reports estimated that more than 70 percent of the country’s public primary and secondary schools did not have basic technological infrastructure. During the height of the COVID-19 global pandemic, of the 804,000 learners enrolled in public schools at the time, only an estimated 13,000 had access to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture’s e-learning platform.
These challenges indicate the massive transformation that is required on a national scale to unlock the power of the country’s digital future, and to maximise the potential for technology to enhance the quality of learning and work in Namibia. Most importantly, they provide an opportunity to accelerate collaboration between the public and private sectors, and to significantly #CloseTheGap in the context of today’s ever-changing digital world.
We believe that digital inclusion must be a right, not a privilege, and we are working to reduce the digital divide, while advocating for continuous ICT infrastructure development in schools.
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