Closing the Digital Divide [MTC]:
How can technology in education be used to enrich the lives of female students in Ghana?
Can you imagine your life as a student without a computer or any access to the Internet? Technology and digital literacy are crucial for education and the empowerment of women, but worldwide, access to technology is uneven.
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(Note: This version of the 'Growing into an Uncertain Future' case has been modified for use in the Sustainability and Development Master Track program. The original can be found at https://www.learngala.com/cases/digital-divide)
Many schools in less developed countries lack access to educational resources, including computers and other technology. Globally, digital literacy is becoming a requirement for higher education and careers, making it essential for computer competency to be taught in the classroom. In less developed nations, female students are often discouraged from attending school due to expectations related to gender roles and the financial cost of education. Research demonstrates that educating girls is a promising strategy for environmental mitigation and economic development. Therefore, it’s important for schools to have the resources to provide girls with a quality education that will encourage them to stay in school and pursue higher education. This case follows the three leaders of The Five North Project, a student-created and operated nonprofit that provides under-resourced schools in Ghana with computers. The case also examines the relationships among technology, education, empowerment, and the environment.