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ICT and rural education in China


27 August 2012

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In the World Bank blog on ICT use in Education, Michael Trucano, World Bank's Senior ICT and Education Policy Specialist, talks about ICT/education initiatives that have taken place in rural China over the last decade, and analyses the impact of ICT in China, and how it is being used in schools in rural parts.

Last year on this blog, I asked a few questions (eLearning, Africa and ... China?) as a result of my participation in a related event in Dar Es Salaam where lots of my African colleagues were ‘talking about China’, but where few Chinese (researchers, practitioners, firms, officials) were present. This year's eLearning Africa event in Benin, in contrast, featured for the first time a delegation of researchers from China, a visit organized by the International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED), a UNESCO research center headquartered at Beijing Normal University (with additional outposts at Baodin, Nanjing and Gansu).

Hopefully this is just the beginning of a positive trend to open up access to knowledge about what is working (and isn’t working) related to ICT use in education in places in rural China that might more resemble certain situations and contexts in many developing countries than those drawn from experiences in, for example, Boston or Singapore (or from Shanghai and Beijing, for that matter).

Establishing working level linkages between researchers and practioners (and affiliated institutions) in China and Africa, can be vital to helping encourage such knowledge exchanges.

To read the full blog post, click here

 
Source : World Bank

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