Social entrepreneurial education innovation

How the technological achievements of  resource rich developed societies can assist the poor in developing nations through social entrepreneurship in the slums of the world, creatively drawing learners into a greater degree of self-sufficiency through revised education.

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  1. Yes, if we can put a few second-hand computers in the slums, maybe the darkies will educate themselves and become more or less civilised… Jolly good, I’m off to the polo club for a gin-and-tonic, tell the mem sahib would you Akhbar?

    Education is much more than trawling around on google or wikipedia. Not that I’m against what these “social entrepreneurs” have done, but it isnt a substitute for education. Neither are computers a substitute for education in the first world – although in my daughter’s school I see the same kind of gee-whiz gadget-lovers promoting ipads as some kind of revolution.

    Computers and the internet are a tool that can be used for education. In other hands they can be used to de-educate, to distract, deceive or degrade. Real education takes time, money and commitment. It requires relationship, not just sticking a bit of electronics in the middle of a slum and taking a few photos to put up on a screen at your next slightly effette oxford-accented talk.

    In any case, how is it that these nations became developing? India was one of the richest and most innovative nations of the world before the arrival of the East India company. This company had a monopoly on trade, while collecting taxes and governing around 90m people and operating a standing army of 200,000 men. The governers of the East India company were responsible for famines that killed a third of the people in Bengal – which for over 2000 years had a high standard of living.

    Some of the most poorest “developing” nations eg. Haiti or Bangladesh, are that way because they were historically rich, and they attracted colonisers.

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