June 2007

New technologies and education

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In most cases the adoption of Information and Communication Technologies in education institutions only means giving access to students without any real change in the education programmes.

Latin America is a region of contrasts and inequalities: “almost 45 percent of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) lives below the poverty line, which equals 225 million people.  The Gini coefficient, that measures the inequality in incomes, indicates that Latin America has the worse distribution in the entire world”. (1)

After 1997, the continent entered an era of financial turbulences. The economic growth was limited and even stopped, first in 1998 by the Asian crisis, then in 1999 with the Brazilian crisis, and finally in 2001-2002 with the Argentinean crisis. 

Since then, according to Microsoft, the knowledge economy has become one of the region's most important means of maintaining competitiveness, improving living standards and building for the future. Also that, in 2005, technology hardware, software and services generated tax revenues of US$8 billion for Latin America; this figure is expected to grow to $11.3 billion by 2009, according to IDC. Also according to a report by Digiworld Am

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