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High illiteracy rate in Africa undermine human rights understanding

Statistics from one African country to another show low literacy levels. Even among the literate class, many still do not know their fundamental human rights. Not much of this knowledge is thought in schools. It pays to know your rights. With increase in digital technology, human right understanding will also increase. I suggest this should be given priority in schools at every level.

How could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?

BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

So this needs to be discussed with education ministry, Institute heads, teachers? Inculcate this in the curriculum, syllabus. Also in colleges?

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Michael Ukwuru 2 months ago

The problem is that it appears there is no interface between research and policy making in Africa. Until this is done, policy makers will not see reasons to transform to digital education.

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BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

So how can we tackle this? What could be the methods to work for it?

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Michael Ukwuru 2 months ago

Yes there must be a method. Action group on digital education will be formed to present a position paper to African Union who will in turn deliberate on it and make all member states to sign and key into it to improve the future.

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BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

Yes, I guess that's the way to go. Who should be there in that action group? I meant stakeholders?

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Damilola Agbalajobi 2 months ago

A young American knows his or her rights an no one can undermine such rights without being questioned. But African citizens seem ignorant of their rights and this has to do with the socialization process. Africans need a reorientation of or vales, our rights in order to be able to hold our leaders responsible for their actions or inaction.

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Charles Clerck 2 months ago

Hello Damilola, can you please clarify the meaning of your last word "orarticpua"?

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Damilola Agbalajobi 2 months ago

Am sorry i clicked mistakenly. My words were incomplete. African citizens seems ignorant of their rights and this has to do with the socialization process. Africans need a reorientation of or vales, our rights in order to be able to hold our leaders responsible for their actions or inaction.

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Damilola Agbalajobi 2 months ago

There is a need for political will on the part of our leaders in order to enable digital technologies work. There are so many things (Such as power supply, infrastructure) tied to the availability and sustainability of digital technologies which many African countries are still lacking ---I can speak categorically of Nigeria. The worst illiterate is the political illiterate (Bertolt Brecht) and many Africans are politically ignorant, hence lack knowledge of what their right is and therefore such rights will be automatically undermined.

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Michael Ukwuru 1 month ago

Digital education in Africa should start early during the basic education so that a child grows and gets use to exploring information on the net. In this way, a child grows with knowing his or her rights and can access the level of governance within the locality. However, one fundamental problem in Africa is that elderly people do not dispose themselves to digital education even when they are well educated. Their contributions to digital education of the upcoming children is almost zero percent. They become illiterates when it comes to e-business, e-governance and of course all digital transactions and what you don't know you can not contribute. The elderly in Africa should rise to the challenge of digital education otherwise they will constitute a problem rather than solution in many e-matters.

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Josephine Muchogu 1 month ago

We have a strong culture of oral tradition as a means of passing information in Africa. Authors have embraced ebooks to make sure that their stories still reach those who are unable to or choose not to read them.
Perhaps matters pertinent to human rights (such as laws and legislation) can be adopted into downloadable audio format, so that they are accessible to the general populace, as strides are also made to incorporate them into the education system.

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Michael Ukwuru 1 month ago

This is a good suggestion. However, the level of poverty in Africa does not permit availability of resources to make digital gadgets available to everybody. Access to internet is another challenge in Africa. How can internet be available everywhere at an affordable rate or be made free all over Africa? The digital education needed to drive African development will be facilitated by access to internet. As it is currently, only few organizations have WIFI which they share only within their organizations and in most cases the internet speed is very frustrating. Individuals must have to buy data bundles from GSM providers to access internet for a limited period. Free and high speed internet for Africa is the answer to digital development in Africa.

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Josephine Muchogu 1 month ago

Hi Michael,
You have just triggered a memory from my childhood.

As we we make efforts to free and high speed internet for Africa, our audio content can be broadcast using existing technology, through the radio, and progress to digital streaming as the connectivity become available.

In the 1980s in Kenya, as primary school students, we had some common (countrywide) lessons that were broadcast mid-morning on certain days, depending on the subject.

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Charles Clerck 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Bronze Trophy

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