Information and communication technologies (ICT) for access to quality education in the global south: A case study of Sri Lanka

Cher Ping LIM, Sungsup RA, Brian CHIN, Tianchong WANG

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Abstract

Based on a case study of Sri Lanka’s ICT in education experiences, this paper discusses how countries in the Global South (developing and emerging countries) could take up the opportunities of ICT for access to quality education. Sri Lanka is used as a case study because it is at the emerging state of using ICT in education with a relatively high access to education and ranked high on achievements in education. The paper starts with an overview on the potential and current challenges of harnessing ICT for access to quality education in the Global South. By conducting a case study of Sri Lanka, we identify and analyse the key factors that facilitate or hinder the realisation of the opportunities. With the promising practices and lessons learnt, a total of six strategies that can help policymakers and education leaders of Global South countries are generalised; we believe that when these strategies are considered, ICT for access to quality education will be enhanced. Copyright © 2019 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2447-2462
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Volume25
Issue number4
Early online date10 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Citation

Lim, C. P., Ra, S., Chin, B., & Wang, T. (2020). Information and communication technologies (ICT) for access to quality education in the global south: A case study of Sri Lanka. Education and Information Technologies, 25(4), 2447-2462. doi: 10.1007/s10639-019-10069-3

Keywords

  • ICT in education
  • Access to quality education
  • Global south
  • Development
  • Education policy

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