This post by Mark Parkinson started the whole thought process.
What is it that separates a child in Bhuj, Gujarat, from a child in Delhi? Or any child in a remote location, from a child growing up in a metro city?
Multiple things, but among the more important ones are:
1. Access to technology and digital knowledge resources (because digital knowledge resources form an increasing share of the way we learn – in and out of school)
2. Access to exposure from multiple disciplines, mutiple geographies, cultures et al.
3. Peer Discussion – Opportunity to discuss with peers who, in turn, have been enriched by their own experiences. OR an ability to discuss with someone who may be geographically distant, but is able to contribute to the discussion (aka AV conferencing)
What is the one thing that can make all of this instantly accessible to the remote areas?
Lets put that in all caps – CONNECTIVITY and access to digital learning. aka computers, and internet (with accessibility built in? 😉 aka Lab in Box )
Imagine what that would do to children! To adults! To entire populations!!
Correction.Lets see what happens when we make a small effort. :
1. Ajab Story of Ajab in Gujarat.
2. Deployment of Lab in Box at Pitampura, Delhi and its integration with the computer curriculum of the school.
When we keep knowledge away from a people, we are forcing upon them the worst possible form of handicap. 🙂