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Using Technology for Learning

Date: February 10, 2014 Author: Ivana Falla Categories: YIA Blog, Youth In Action In North America

Boundless potential exists for students in Africa. The youth of Africa have many qualities and abilities that can be developed and lead them to a better future for themselves, their families, and the entire continent.

What these kids need is an opportunity and through our Technology in the Classroom initiative, we are helping to ensure that Africa can continue to grow as well as create its own opportunities and create a future where young people can live to their potential.

A typical classroom in the United States has computers, projectors, televisions, and video players. All these electronic devices help students learn in the classroom, but many children in Kenya and Tanzania have an extremely limited access to these modern technologies, if any. Sometimes they use old and less efficient hardware and software, which negatively impacts their productiveness and leaves them behind in an increasingly digital world. While we are watching the latest videos on YouTube or using Google to find research for an essay, students in Kenya and Tanzania may not even know what these things are.

The major obstacles to bringing technology to the classroom are money and trying to build spaces for learning. Today, we have furthered our commitment to universal education access in Africa by launching the Technology in the Classroom Initiative. This initiative is a collaboration between Asante Africa Foundation and the business community to bring funding, computers, and other technology to educational facilities in Africa.

Visit www.asanteafrica.org/technology to learn more or contact us at yia@asanteafrica.org to find out how you can help.

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