Open-Source Platforms for Education and Equalization
When I spoke to the KSA Task Force in Liberia a few weeks ago, a colleague asked the assembled group (a mixture of teachers, principals, ministry officials, academics and students) how many had used a computer before. Of the 30+ people in the group, six had seen a computer before they saw them being used for presentations in the group meetings, and only 3 had actually used one. So, less that 10% of this group of education professionals had used a computer, and less than 20% had even seen one previously. Similarly, the children I saw in Kakata had seen the assembled rows of computers in their new computer lab - but without power and without connectivity the desktops there are as yet no more than ornaments.