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Title:The role of ICTs in illiteracy eradication and workforce development in Liberia and under-resourced countries
Author:Bailey, Jennifer G.ISNI
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal (ISSN 0024-1989)
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:information technology
educational cooperation
Abstract:This paper explores social, economic, business and governmental aspects of the adoption of 21st-century information and communication technologies (ITCs) to provide expeditious and cost-efficient solutions to pervasive global illiteracy and create educated populations to fuel economic growth and improved quality of life in Liberia and other developing countries. In 2010, a US-Liberian partnership launched two educational pilot programmes in English and mathematics delivered via Internet to 174 pre-college students at a computer lab in rural, southeastern Liberia. The partnership consisted of Liberia's William V.S. Tubman University, the Bailey Institute (a global nongovernmental (NGO) organization), and Learnscape, an international provider of self-paced, digital education. The pilot programmes, referred to as the Technology-Driven Education Project (TDEP), achieved 98 percent succes in enabling students to move from 7th to 12th-grade level in mathematics and English over 12 weeks of self-paced digital education. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]