Africa will be the key player in the African Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in the next five years. Virtually all African economies show promising year-on-year growth. This is attracting the attention of the international investor community who increasingly see Africa as “The last frontier” for attractive growth opportunities (McKinsey & Company).
To sustain this economic progress requires increased investment in physical and human capital to ensuring that future producers and consumers have the skills to compete. Asante Africa Foundation is partnering with the business community through its Technology in the Classroom Initiative to solve these issues by not only providing computers, but also by delivering solar panel systems that can keep the schools charged, broadband and mobile internet access for global connectivity, equipment and facilities maintenance contracting, and teacher training. Without the help necessary to participate in Africa’s technology boom, these rural communities will be left behind, widening the divide that breeds instability.
The intent of Asante Africa Foundation’s Technology in the Classroom Initiative is to bring technology and infrastructure development to rural areas of Africa. The Technology in the Classroom Initiative has established 3 objectives in regard to bringing infrastructure to rural areas of Africa: established a strategic framework for the development of infrastructure in rural areas of Africa; established an infrastructure development program; prepared an implementation strategy.
ICT is key to continued economic growth for Africa.
A combination of investment in enabling infrastructure and a well-educated workforce could transform Africa into a regional hub for IT innovation and services. ICT could become a major employer in Africa. Furthermore, over time Africa could develop into a global innovator that is recognized worldwide for its ICT genius in the way India has been in the recent past.
Asante Africa Foundation believes that Africa will be a key player in the ICT sector in the next five years through the Technology in the Classroom Initiative. Virtually all African economies show promising year-on-year growth today. Africa has shown the hunger for anything that can boost its growth and the respective governments has lent the ICT sector a hand by partnering with not-for-profit organizations that have shown interest. Asante Africa Foundation, through its Technology in the Classroom Initiative, is partnering with local governments, NGO’s, and the international business community to bring ICT to rural areas of Africa.
NONE OF THIS IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE ICT INVESTMENT THAT’S BEING PUT INTO THE COUNTRY’S DIFFERENT SECTORS.