Southeast Asia Globe - - Education Special -

The idea that ed­u­ca­tion is a hu­man right has re­mained a fan­tasy in many re­mote cor­ners of the world. But with the use of digital de­vices spread­ing far faster than gov­ern­ment ser­vices in many coun­tries, the ed­u­ca­tional re­source gap be­tween ur­ban and ru­ral pop­u­la­tions is di­min­ish­ing. Lessons, tests and even teach­ers can be ac­cessed from any­where with an in­ter­net con­nec­tion, and even some places with­out it. So­cial en­ter­prise EDEMY is work­ing to pro­vide a qual­ity English ed­u­ca­tion to Cam­bo­di­ans re­gard­less of their fi­nan­cial or en­vi­ron­men­tal con­straints. Their cur­rent model is able to op­er­ate in ar­eas where there is no in­ter­net con­nec­tion or qual­i­fied teach­ers, us­ing a low-cost an­droid tablet and a trained lo­cal fa­cil­i­ta­tor. “I think tech­nol­ogy can­not com­pletely re­place the role that teach­ers play, such as coach­ing, but tech­nol­ogy is an ef­fec­tive tool to make learn­ing and teach­ing more ef­fi­cient,” says co-founder So­van Srun. “It plays an im­por­tant role in bridg­ing the gap be­tween ru­ral and ur­ban ed­u­ca­tion as it en­ables stu­dents to at­tend world-class ed­u­ca­tion at their fin­ger­tips.”

Tech­nol­ogy has the po­ten­tial to bridge the ur­ban-ru­ral ed­u­ca­tional di­vide

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