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Given that we live in a fast-advancing technology-based economies, it’s imperative to follow scaled up models to have everyone on board. Otherwise a new digital gaps will appear or widen.
On technology versus education: true…the change is really in the mind-set. The skill I’d go after is: ICT-based knowledge economy and entrepreneurial skills training. Why ? because ICT is a tool, yes a powerful one but remains a tool. Professor Sugata Mitra’s hole in the wall is a great example of mind-over-matter ..if you will. Why “Entrepreneurship” because there is more supply than demand. In the MENA, at least 100 million new jobs are required in the next decade.
As a policy maker in merging ICT in Education, and despite the success of the 2002/2003 GoJ (MoP)/UNDP initiative, results backed up. Meaning, we did graduate knowledge economy enabled students into a stream and an environment that’s more filled up with inhibitors than enablers to knowledge economy – that’s why my recent paper (WB/EIB-CMI) talks about knowledge economy country-level models and KE transfer channels, absorption, enablers, inhibitors…etc . I used the WB KE model as a starting point. To have a sturdy socio-economic regime, coupled with innovation, education and ICT-infrastructure, will make use and build upon the KE-enabled graduates.