Education on Wheels – Mobile Dissemination of E-services and Computer Based Learning in Rural Gujarat, India
2012 (English)In: The Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on e-Learning / [ed] Hans Beldhuis, Academic Publishing International , 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
In Vision 2020 there is a belief that India will be the world’s leading country in less than a decade. When many countries in the developed world will have a high average age among its citizens in 2020, India is expected to have the youngest population in the world. If India will succeed in their strive for education for all this vision can come through, but if the strategies for mass education fails the vision will probably fail as well. In the five foundational pillars of the Vision 2020 education and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are important factors. Out of the about one million public schools in India, less than 0.2% has access to internet or any implementation of computer based learning. In the age group of 6-14 years not more than 80 million children out of approximately 200 million go to school on a regularly basis. Gujarat is a state in western India well-known as the land of Mahatma Gandhi and a part of India with a fast economical growth in the 21th century. Gujarat is also known for a relatively good infrastructure management and educational reorganization. The aim of this paper is to describe some selected bus based initiatives for technology enhanced learning in Gujarat and discuss how they can contribute to the current education and future development in rural areas. This article is based on a combination of a literature study and digitally recorded semi-structured interviews conducted by the authors during a visit to Gujarat in 2011. We find that the bus based initiatives described in this article will improve the dissemination of e-learning in Gujarat but exactly to what extent is hard to say since they all are recently started projects. Old traditional transportation technology has been combined with ICT in a creative way that might contribute to bridge the educational gap between urban and rural areas in the region. If India can get the bottom of the pyramid on board as well and provide quality education for rural regions, the country might reach some of the objectives described in the optimistic Vision 2020.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academic Publishing International , 2012.
Technology enhanced learning, ICT4D, Mobile Learning, Education for all, Rural India
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82230ISBN: 978-1-908272-73-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-82230DiVA: diva2:567207
11th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL-2012, Groningen, The Netherlands, 26-27 October, 2012