IADT School in a Box (SIAB) is a new FÍS/IADT initiative that addresses the global problem of inequitable access to modern educational tools. It is an innovative first world solution to a third world problem and can transform classrooms in rural India and sub Saharan Africa into twenty first century learning spaces.
Access to Information and Communication Technologies in Education (ICTs) can advance the well-being of rural populations in India and sub Saharan Africa. Seventy per cent of the poorest people in the world live in rural areas where low literacy is common – better education is seen as crucial for achieving advancement and sustainable development. The ability to deliver ICTs in this context has never been easier due to advancements in technologies that enable development of locally driven curricula and access to knowledge repositories via the World Wide Web.
SIAB is an innovative cost effective and sustainable solution that can transform rural classrooms in underdeveloped regions across the globe. It is a student centered paradigm shift away from static, primitive teacher centered learning spaces that currently exist in rural India and SSA. This shift in emphasis encourages constructivist, interactive and collaborative learning that is in line with modern pedagogic systems that are progressive. This progression should have the effect of leveling the playing field for all learners to increase opportunities for emerging economies in a fairer more equitable way.