New technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, can make humanitarian work better, faster and more effective, but there are dangers too, which is why the ICRC is proceeding with caution. Various departments across the ICRC – among them Digital Transformation & Data, Protection, Information and Communication Technology, Law and Policy – are grappling with these innovations and their implications in different ways. In this article, ICRC looks at one example.
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SPIDER is an independent centre focusing on the digitalisation of international development. It brings together actors in development to promote human centered technology for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By combining practical work and applied research, SPIDER contributes to empirical knowledge on ICT for Development (ICT4D).
Since November 2017, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) with funding from Spider has been implementing an e-learning project that incorporates use of information and communication technology (ICT) into the teaching and learning of mathematics and basic health education in Nakivale refugee camp.
Both teachers and students perceived the platform to be useful in terms of improving performance by enabling access to learning materials they wouldn’t otherwise have access to, especially multimedia tutorials in video and audio formats.
Currently the e-learning platform is in use after introductory teacher trainings. The challenges that remain untackled include the lack of pedagogy skills for teachers, limited access to internet, modern library and sufficient computer resources, the overwhelming number of learners in classrooms, and students’ negative attitudes about mathematics and science. The project support and efforts towards overcoming the highlighted challenges is ongoing. An evaluation study will present the findings of the project interventions.
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