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Over the past few decades, much of the world has continued to experience economic development largely due to rapid growth in technology. Despite this progress, there are still areas that remain untouched by advanced technologies. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest nations in the world with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty (CIA, 2013). Many Haitians have no clean running water, about 21% have access to electricity, and almost 50% of the country is illiterate (Bank, 2012). The intense levels of poverty have resulted in lack of investment in human capital and lack of educational infrastructure.
The Information and Communication Technologies for Education (ICTE) initiative in Haiti is a “Project of Hope.” ICTE can facilitate the acquisition of basic technological skills, while simultaneously contributing to poverty reduction and human development. In order for Haiti to succeed in the 21st century, students, young adults, and teachers need to develop technological knowledge and skills. Developing technological literacy and computer familiarity will help young Haitians participate in the digital economy and/or obtain jobs.
Information Communication Technologies for Education (ICTE), Computer Literacy, Computer Familiarity, Haiti, Technology, Education
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