Information Technology resources for education in developing countries

  • Marsha R. Williams
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT)


Information Technology (IT) resources include not only equipment, particularly computers, but also software and experts as well as students, teachers and parents. Resources are provided by government, industry, education, associations and collaborations. Developing countries, which are often rich in people, land and natural resources, are, in many cases, poor in even the traditional educational resources (teachers, schools, desks and books). They are especially poor in IT resources. In this paper, IT resources for education in developing countries are reported from available statistical data and from related literature. IT resources have the potential for making education accessible and enhanced for many, even over great distances - which is a critical need in many developing countries. A hierarchy of IT resources is described, which, if considered as a whole, and applied appropriately and respectfully, could play a key role in building the capacity of a developing country for improving not only education but also government, business and the quality of life for all.


Informatics resources developing countries elementary education secondary education higher education vocational education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marsha R. Williams
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTennessee State UniversityNashvilleUSA

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