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Computer-based education:a solution to bridge social inequality in India
Detail: "Singapore has made deep inroads in the field of child literacy through ICTs. To ensure this outcome, Singapore evolved an education policy that made the Internet more outward looking and collaborative. Schools established communication and collaboration models within the school and beyond it, involving parents and other interested members of the local community. Parents were given passwords for logging in from their home or office. They could get details on grading methods, teaching methods, assignments, and homework.

They could also participate in online meetings with the teachers to offer online suggestions. Bulk of the IT spending in this project was for the less able and less privileged children."

"The 1991 census estimated that the number of working children in India was 11.28 million, of which 91 per cent were in the rural areas. These children were involved in a number of occupations, many of which have been classified as hazardous. Though the Ministry of Labour has been implementing the National Child Labour Projects since 1988, these efforts seem ineffective when we look at the size of the child-labour population. Alternative schooling has emerged as an option worth considering for bridging the duration gap as much as possible. ICTs can prove to be an important tool in this process."

This article covers a number of key children's issues and challenges facing India, from child labour, children being excluded from education, and child rights. It briefly discusses computer technology as a way of overcoming some of the social and physical obstacles to children's education in India.

Source: Digital Opportunity
Date: October 17 2005