Desk Review of Technology-Facilitated Learning in Pakistan: A review to guide future development of the technology-facilitated learning space in Pakistan

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Report
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Title
Desk Review of Technology-Facilitated Learning in Pakistan: A review to guide future development of the technology-facilitated learning space in Pakistan
Abstract
During the Covid-19 pandemic, EdTech has been used in many different ways to keep children learning in Pakistan. This has ranged from educational radio broadcasting to children in remote mountains, to TV channels being used to deliver classes nationwide. Yet, as the pandemic has developed, this picture has become more complex. Optimism in EdTech’s promise has given way to fears that the most marginalised children — particularly those who cannot access technological solutions — are falling further behind. Even those children who are able to use EdTech may not be learning. In short, a pre-existing digital divide has become more pronounced now that education delivery has had to increasingly rely on technology. This divide must be addressed if EdTech is to support effective learning for all children in all contexts in Pakistan. This desk review argues that the only way to realise EdTech’s potential is to recognise its shortcomings. Technology alone will not help children learn. EdTech’s role is as one part of a wider education system. Technology facilitates learning with support from key actors such as parents, teachers, and school leaders and with sustained political support and supporting infrastructure. This review provides an overview of Pakistan’s technology-facilitated learning landscape that caters to the learning needs of children aged 6–16. It sets out key EdTech-related features, challenges and trends, in addition to highlighting prominent EdTech organisations and tools in Pakistan. Keywords: infrastructure; low tech; policy; out-of-school children; marginalised learners; Pakistan; MoFEPT; UNICEF An output of the EdTech Hub, https://edtechhub.org
Report Type
Evidence Review
Institution
EdTech Hub
Date
2022
Language
en
Call Number
0071
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Citation
Wilson, S., Khalayleh, A., Baloch, I., & Kaye, T. (2022). Desk Review of Technology-Facilitated Learning in Pakistan: A review to guide future development of the technology-facilitated learning space in Pakistan [Evidence Review]. EdTech Hub. https://doi.org/10.53832/edtechhub.0071
Education systems
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