“When my son, James, was doing homework for school, he would have five or six windows open on his computer, instant messenger was flashing continuously, his cell phone was constantly ringing, and he was downloading music and watching the TV over his shoulder. I don’t know if he was doing any homework, but he was running an empire as far as I could see, so I didn’t really care.” Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Majority of the continent have virtually bypassed the home computer or laptop as a means of communication and information and have moved straight onto mobile.
The rate of mobile uptake in Africa is astounding with an increasing amount of people owning multiple mobile devices. Mobile technology has emerged as the preferred and sometimes, only way to ‘connect’ on the continent.
The pressing need to address the high numbers of children repeating grades and leaving school before completing primary or secondary education was revealed in the 2012 global education digest.
Whilst some of the variables that cause these challenges, such as the absence of electricity and livelihood, which are by and large out of the control of the education sector, a large number of obstacles can be rooted in overpopulated classrooms, under-resourced schools, poor teaching and a lack of access to quality learning material.
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