Lifelong Learning: Telecentres in Semi-rural Areas as a Bridge between Formal, Non-formal, and Informal Learning
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
The usage of telecentres has been the main initiative in many countries to provide information and communications technology in rural areas in a try to address the digital divide. In this paper, we analyse the situation in Sri Lankan semi-rural areas, discussing whether telecentres in the Nenasala network has a potential to act as local knowledge centres; bridging formal, non-formal, and informal learning. The visited telecentre is located about 50 kilometres east of Colombo. A qualitative design has been used where interviews with managers and users, and passive observations were conducted. Findings show that the visited telecentres play an important role in bridging formal, non-formal, and informal learning and education in the local community. Nevertheless, there are gender-based differences among pupils in the acquisition of provided content. Some children claim that they learn more by undergoing classes at the telecentres than in formal classes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Telecentres, Nenasala, Formal learning, Non-formal learning, Semi-rural areas, Sri Lanka, ICT4D
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-65061DiVA: diva2:460734