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Project Connect Launches Interactive Map: Visualizing Digital Divide in Education

Technology has increasingly become the focus of education aid and international action. However, much of these education resources are predicated on schools having reliable access to the Internet. While traveling through Mauritania, I saw computers sitting, dust-covered, on shelves because they couldn’t be kept charged, and well-designed education materials unused because they relied on Internet connectivity to work.

While many national governments have committed to connecting their schools to the Internet, few have the capability to monitor where that is occurring and on what scale. This is contributing to an increasing digital education divide, with schools already connected to the Internet receiving more technology-based resources, while schools that are disconnected are left behind. 

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