Leading up to the Peterson Symposium which will be taking place in Cardiff  next month there have been a series of Reading Groups which have been meeting in all of the IB Global Offices and considering a set of texts once per month. This month’s readings were based around inclusion/the digital divide with the main reading being ‘ Distance training of teachers in a rural area in Kenya‘ by Chiara Pozzi, Sociologist, e-learning didactic designer, Centro di Produzione Multimediale, University of Milano-Bicocca. The study looked at the effective models that worked in the training of teachers in rural Kenya. The main reason for the selection of the text was the image which appears in the paper which shows the world at night with electrically lit areas glowing brightly while some areas of the globe are in darkness in more ways than one. The question raised was how do we bring digital literacy to those dark areas of the globe in Latin America, Southern Africa, India and South East Asia.

Satellite image

I must admit that my view is that we must make use of the technologies which are or have become part of the community – mobile (cell) phones and Television being two powerful media for digital literacy.  I firmly believe that Stephen Heppell is an important voice which organisations should pay heed to.

Below you can see a video from Noah Dumahasi, project manager for Together Ghana, weighs in on the digital divide across Ghana and the development of communication technology in rural Africa. – Providing a Voice

Africa takes on the digital divide
And below an article about The digital divide or access to the latest technology, is far from being equal. An attempt to remedy this is the Digital Equalizer programme of the America India Foundation, started at the initiative of President Clinton in 2001. “We have learnt how to use the camera to record, edit and make a movie from what we have edited and to burn a CD,” said J M Manu Kumar, a student.

Update – interesting reading to add to this mix – the 2008 Millennium Goals from UN
I feel sure that this will provoke a wide ranging discussion as we all consider what steps are required for the future.