Eduction and Poverty Reduction

In the fight against eliminating poverty worldwide, there is one tool that is the most effective – education. According to the Global Partnership for Education, if all students in developing countries completed school with basic reading skills, global poverty could be cut by 12%. A good education can also reduce infant mortality rates, improve life-expectency and improve nationwide stability. There is an undeniable link between education and poverty reduction, and its up to those in the development community to try and improve access to education worldwide.

Thankfully, there are many industrious and innovative professionals who have taken this call to arms. These individuals are using ICTs to close the education gap, especially in rural communities. In an article for Human IPO, an online news journal for African tech news, author Gabriella Mulligan details the impact that Kusile Labs & Technology has had on schools in rural South Africa.

Kusile Labs & Technology works to install mobile science and computer laboratories in rural schools in an attempt to better educate these communities in the areas of technology and innovation. These mobile laboratories work to teach students important science and ICT concepts through laboratories that can easily be implemented in any environment. With these mobile laboratories, students can perform experiments through using and learning ICT tools.  Hopefully, more organizations will follow the lead of Kusile Labs and will continue to help in the fight to bring improved educational technologies to the rural communities that need it most.


2 responses to “Eduction and Poverty Reduction

  • skagan2016

    Universal education is, of course, a world goal and this technology is definitely a step in the right direction, however, do you think that this technology is realistic for achieving this goal? This technology isn’t going to hurt the process by any means, but are there other technological programs or ideas that can help strive towards education without needing to install an entire computer lab somewhere?

  • Concerned Citizen

    This is by far the best model for rural schools. Take for instance the cost of building school infrastructure and in particular a science lab! It cost the department of education R1.5m to build one science lab in the EC, just a few months ago. Consider that about 21 000 schools are without a science lab which compromises about 9 million learners, how do we reach out to them with a feasible solution that impacts immediately on their learning? I think Kusile Labs & Technology should be commended for such an innovation.

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