Information and communications technologies and secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa: policies, practices, trends and recommendations; background paper

Author(s): Burns, Mary; Santally, Mohammad Issack; Halkhoree, Roshan; Sungkur, Kevin; Juggurnath, Bhavish; Rajabalee, Yousra Banoor

Organisation(s): Mastercard Foundation

Date: 2019

Pages: 78 p.

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This background paper was prepared for the Mastercard Foundation report, Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work. The report discusses the use of Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) to improve access to, quality of, and delivery of secondary education within sub-Saharan Africa. It discusses the policy environment for ICTs in sub-Saharan Africa, their successes, challenges, and lessons learned, and it concludes with a broad and detailed set of recommendations for policy makers, donors, the private sector, designers, and implementers of ICTs in education programs. The report seeks to generally answer the question of how sub-Saharan African governments can best use technology to improve access to secondary education, improve learning, strengthen management of schools and the education system, and foster innovation.

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