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The ways in which we teach and learn in the
developed world are constantly evolving, i n
large part due to the influence of technology.
This presents great opportunities for many
students – but it also causes the educational
divide between developed and developing
nations to grow ever wider.
Volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisa-
tion E magine Education Every where (EEE)
is trying to close that divide. EEE focuses
on providing children in developing nations
with the opportunity to educate themselves
by giving them access to computers, soft-
ware and training in information a nd com-
mu nication technology (ICT).
People in developed count ries often take
the opportunities available to them for
granted, not thinking about how the major-
ity of the world does not have access to the
same opportunities. Some people assume
that the level of access to computers a nd the
internet in nations arou nd the world is equal
to that available to most people in Australia.
EEE aims to make Australians aware
that this is a misconception, and that in
some nations there are very few opportuni-
ties for young people to use computers.
Without access to this technology or the
ability to use it effectively, children in devel-
oping nations are left behind their peers in
the developed world.
A lack of ICT literacy can also prove to
be a deterrent when applying for u niversity
and so can hold young people back from
obtaining a quality education and finding
well paid work.
EEE director Stuart Cook identifies this
as a ‘digital divide’ and says it is the biggest
obstacle that children and young people in
the developing world face when it comes to
‘The rate at which the developed world
is placing g reater emphasis on IT literacy is
growing, and this is decreasing the chances
of children i n the developing world, who
have no access to ICT to break the poverty
cycle,’ he says.
EEE promotes self-reliance in the popu-
lations of developing nations so they take
ownership over their futures and work on
solving their own problems instead of rely-
ing on foreign aid. It sees ICT education as
the key to locals obtaining the skills to take
this ow nership.
Computers and the internet in particular
can provide people living in impoverished
rural conditions with access to the same
res ources and educational opportunities
available in other parts of the world.
The goal is to help young people obtain
a university education and all of the career
and earning opportunities which go along
A growing operation
Due to the frequent change in ICT, most
companies replace their computers every
few years and they often get recycled. But
rather than these computers going to waste,
they can be donated to EEE, which will
then install them in centres in developing
countries. These cent res provide impover-
ished young people with access to technol-
ogy that will help them to improve their
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