The Pathways for Prosperity Commission has just published a new report entitled ‘Positive Disruption: Health and education in a digital age’. The commission was launched in January 2018 by Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government with the aim of exploiting frontier technologies to improve the lives of the world’s poorest communities.
The report explores the ways that digital technologies can be used to effectively enhance learning and improve healthcare in marginalized societies. It highlights the fact that technology is not a catchall solution and that governments must invest judiciously in order to capitalize on its benefits. The commission analyzes successful digital interventions, including Kenya’s digitized Tusome literacy program and the deployment of onebillion’s tablet-based learning tool in Malawi.
The report concludes by setting out five ‘visions’ for the near future: Learning systems, proactive systems, personalized systems, changing roles of workers, and virtual systems. When combined, these visions can help national governments to completely overhaul their health and education systems through the use of data and technology-driven tools.
With three billion people estimated to still be offline in 2023, the challenge is to enable them to reap the benefits of digital technologies. At BSWi, we are firm believers in the power of technology to positively impact peoples’ lives. Drawing on the latest research and recommendations, we design and implement unique pedagogical programs that engage children and young people in learning and help them develop their technological skills.
Read the full Pathways for Prosperity Commission report here: