, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 423-426
Date: 12 Jun 2012

Bridging the knowledge divide: Educational technology for development

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In the introductory chapter of the book under review, editors Marchell, Kinuthia and Taylor stress the importance of making use of information and communication technology (ICT) products and services as main potential advantages of economic, social and cultural enhancements in our current regional economies and societies. While ICT products and services are recognised in this work as powerful mechanisms for development, the power which is invested in them has been able to take “commerce, service provision, and governance away from communities that have been unable to bridge the digital divide” (p. xxvii). A key ingredient in solving this issue is education, the role of which is to ensure that ICT is made an integral part of its development, delivery and content to help solve all disadvantages and paradoxes resulting from the digital divide.

The term “digital divide” basically refers to inequalities between people who have access to and know how to use ICT and those who do not.

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