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Part V: Online Education in Africa: An Analysis of Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa

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Online Education in Africa: An Analysis of Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa
Online education in Africa: An analysis of Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Ivory

The damnation of the African elephant—

To provide exotic cultures

With piano keys and billiard balls.

—Timothy Wangusa

Africa, the dark continent, a sense of danger, a clear sense of native, indigenous culture, a culture of development. This section of the book deals with only two of many African communities—Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa. To the Western mind, Africa has been a place of plunder throughout history. Will e-learning turn African minds into ivory?

One of the interesting words that comes up consistently in both chapters is development. Shalyefu and Nakakuwa point to Kofi Annan's comments to the United Nations as evidence that information technologies (ITs) are thought of as ...

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