Bridging the Tech Gap in Education: Why It's Important

November 4, 2015

 

In developed countries, technology has become increasingly integrated into classrooms and national curricula. Despite the high percentage of minerals critical to the production of computers and tablets that are extracted in the Eastern Congo, our students have little to no access to this technology.

 

On Monday, November 2, we launched our Indiegogo campaign to open the Education Technology Centre. The ETC will help to provide senior Congolese students with access to computers, and the invaluable opportunity to receive a digital education. Although the initial stage of the project will focus on facilitating an education in technology for our senior students, over time the ETC will become open to the public as well as other students within the community.

 

We asked students at Queen’s University to explain how technology has impacted their learning. Monica, a third year Concurrent Education student, responded, “Technology has impacted my education by allowing me easier access to online learning resources that help me organize my classes.”

 

Student Senate Caucus Chair Leah Brockie explains, “Technology has fundamentally shaped my education. One look at our classrooms reveal this – projectors and Smartboards, personal laptops, and Facebook study groups are all constant features of our learning environment. Moodle and Solus have shaped the way I learn, making information and material available wherever and whenever I need it. These daily technologies that I constantly take for granted have defined my education.”

 

The ETC will help to provide our senior Congolese students with access to computers, and the invaluable opportunity to receive a digital education. With your support, we can enhance the accessibility to computers and internet for our students so that they are able to receive an education that meets the global standard.Together we can equalize learning opportunities on a global scale, and eliminate the digital divide.

 

 

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