Digital Divide: Africa can Bridge the Gap through Robust Technical Education
All over the world, technical education has been a major driver of national development strategies, because of its impact on productivity and economic development. However, the polarisation of information and communication technology knowledge, design and production between the developed countries and developing economies, has resulted into a digital diametrical world; where one is producing technology and the other is consuming what it cannot produce.
With Africa’s deficiency in technical education, the continent has taken the back seat in a highly industrialised world that is driven by technical know-how, with the consequent effect being a technologically polarised world.
In an attempt to redeem the current imbalance in the world’s digital divide, a team of researchers at the 2nd Covenant University International Conference on Africa Development Issues (CU-ICADI), in a conference publication, have called on government at all levels to harness the potentials in the information technology age, by ensuring huge investments in technical education. This according to them, would bridge the existing knowledge gap in ICT design and skill acquisition, as well as empower scholars to move from the phase of repairs to invention.