A recent UN report concludes that the global digital divide is significant, even though it is slowly closing. As ICT is a major contributor to economic growth, emerging economies are doing their best to increase technological literacy.
India: Radio Sesame
At a community radio station in the north of India, Sohrab broadcasts a lively mix of education and entertainment based on Galli Galli Sim Sim, the Indian equivalent of Sesame Street. There are no televisions in the area so people have very few opportunities to watch programmes or films or even listen to radio.
The programme is so popular that it is even used in schools as a teaching support. Galli Galli Sim Sim is part of a Radiophone project which aims to bridge the education gap between rural India where the majority of people live, and cities where access to technology makes it easier to get an education.
On air since 2011, the programme has reached over 1.4 million people.
The population of Riobamba, in Ecuador is around 200,000 and the local economy relies mainly on agriculture. In one school there, they have integrated online e-learning tools into the classroom.
It is considered that for e-learning to work, teachers have to embrace it, computer labs have to be available and both teachers and students have to harness their creativity.