How Technology Supports ConnectEd's Work with Disadvantaged Youth

Sep 3, 2014 12:35 PM ET

Since 2011, the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation and World Education have worked in partnership to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth. ConnectEd uses a wide range of interventions to reach these goals, but a key driver in moving forward is the use of technology. The ConnectEd program has provided access to information and communication technology (ICT) to over 10,000 youth, trained over 300 teachers, and provided computers, tablets, and other ICTs in the five countries in which it functions: Australia, Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia.

This paper summarizes the approaches used by ConnectEd in using ICT to bridge the digital divide and ensure all youth possess basic skills in digital literacy, improve the quality of education, improve preparation for the world of work,give youth a voice, give socially excluded girls access to education, improve program management, and as an entry point to Alcatel-Lucent volunteer engagement. The document also reviews lessons learned and key highlights from students involved in the program.

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