Information and Communication Technology is a Catalyst in Papua New Guinean Education - Key Challenges for Development

Gyan - The Journal of Education, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 10-21, 2011

Posted: 30 Oct 2011

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Ravinder Rena

Papua New Guinea University of Technology; Polytechnic of Namibia; University of the Western Cape; North-West University; Papua New Guinea University of Technology

Date Written: October 29, 2011

Abstract

The most important development of the last few years in the world is the rapid growth and spread of information and communications technology (ICT) in numerous areas. It is generally accepted that ICT increases materialistic and moral value, and is widely used in areas of education, economy, health, agriculture, social life, and entertainment. Therefore one can boldly say that the ICT is a key driver of economic growth. ICT access remains a serious problem in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The PNG has a very low density of personal computers and Internet. The purpose of this paper is to present a comprehensive theme of ICT and education in PNG. The PNG implements ICT in education as part of its educational development process. It examines the challenges that were and are faced by PNG and identifies the specific challenges of PNG IT education and provides some solutions. The study intends to contribute to the dialogue concerning ICT education.

Keywords: Information and communication technology, education, Papua New Guinea, digital divide, economic growth, emerging technology

JEL Classification: A20, A22, I22

Suggested Citation

Rena, Ravinder, Information and Communication Technology is a Catalyst in Papua New Guinean Education - Key Challenges for Development (October 29, 2011). Gyan - The Journal of Education, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 10-21, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1951074

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