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Title:Partnership in higher education in Africa: communications implications beyond the 2000s
Author:Sy, Jacques HabibISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Démocraties africaines
Volume:4
Issue:13
Pages:60-75
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:Internet
higher education
telecommunications
Abstract:Africa has been marginalized in terms of access to telecommunications infrastructures and communications software. Africa's access to the Internet is very poor. In most countries, structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) have forced African States to privatize telecommunications and information sectors. This situation seriously affects the state of education in Africa, notably higher education. African communication specialists have been unable over the past two decades to significantly challenge dominant paradigms on education through communications and to produce new ideas of relevance to the fundamental debate on how to develop Africa while protecting its interests and sovereignty. With the ongoing process of telecommunications globalization and the increasing weight of North American and European telecommunication carriers, the very concept of democracy is threatened. Africa should recognize that the idea of digital civilization as a democratizer of knowledge and social relationships is a dangerous illusion. Information pricing will only widen the gap between the poor and the rich countries of the world. Africa urgently needs partnerships between information hardware and software suppliers, universities, the government and the private sector to develop its information sector. Bibliogr.
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