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Title: Multigrade Pedagogy and Practice: Accelerating Millennium Development Goals for Sub-Saharan Africa
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles (author); Wood, Denise (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: In Sub-Saharan Africa 50% of the population live in abject poverty with 33% suffering the lowest level of food security in the world (MDG-1). Some 80% live in rural and remote areas without access to education (MDG-2). Fourteen percent die by age 5 or less (MDG-4). HIV/AIDS pandemic is the highest in the world (MDG-6). These shortcomings are closely intertwined in a vicious-cycle which, in the long-run can only be broken by providing education to all (EFA) children. Research shows that children in developed countries have benefited from the engaging activities using e-learning technologies. Unfortunately, poor countries lack access to these technologies. Such a digital divide has far reaching implications in terms of equity in use and learning outcomes. It also manifests in teachers' lack of understanding of how these technologies can be used in multigrade classrooms to overcome the barriers to access and achieving MDGs. Our case study research in Zambia and Uganda has shown that multi grade pedagogy has the potential to provide the engine to circuit-break this cycle. We discuss the challenges in adapting e-learning technologies in these environments, and outline our intermediate strategy involving, student-centred "low threshold" technology solutions for multigrade education in Sub-Saharan countries to achieve EFA and accelerate MGDs.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 18th International Conference on Learning, University of Mauritius, Mauritius, 5th - 8th July, 2011
Source of Publication: Learning Conference 2011 Accepted Proposals
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Place of Publication: Online
Field of Research (FOR): 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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