oa South African Journal of Information Management - On-line education in Africa: promises and pitfalls

Volume 3 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



This article examines the promises and pitfalls of information and communications technology (ICT) in relation to globalisation and the learning society in developing countries, particularly in Africa. First, the authors provide a brief overview of current patterns of access and relative costs. Secondly, they question the prevalent touting of ICT as a means of education and argue that it cannot so serve unless there is already a basic level of education. They conclude that idealistic uptake of ICT obscures the very real challenges of accomplishing inclusive education. This requires responsiveness to local requirements, as well as the need for educators and citizens to engage with ICT in a skilled and appropriately critical manner.

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