More than a quarter of the population in Africa had access to the Internet in 2016, according to a new report titled Internet for Education in Africa from the Internet Society. The number of Internet users in Africa has doubled since 2009.
Noting that many areas of Africa struggle with issues such as lack of funding for education and large numbers of out-of-school youth, the report says that use of the Internet for education has the potential to help African nations work toward meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4, which involves providing “inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.”
“Under the right conditions, the Internet offers an opportunity for addressing the learning needs of diverse groups in Africa, including the bulk of learners that are currently out of school, in a scalable and cost-effective way,” says the report. To learn more, access the full report here.