The computer revolution: struggling for survival in rural Cameroon
Tamara Palamakumbura, PCDI
IJEDICT Volume 4, Number 3, ISSN 1814-0556 Publisher: Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies
PCDI (http://www.pcdi-cameroon.org) is a local CIG (NGO) based in rural Cameroon. This article discusses our efforts to âbridge the digital divideâ and the reality behind the technological revolution. We face a battle on two fronts. Firstly, chronic poverty. For most of the population technology and its benefits is a luxury commodity. The necessities are foods and medicines and in a time of rising food prices, the luxuries must be cut down. We offer the only internet access in the entire division of 13 villagers and yet we face a daily battle to survive. The continuation of the internet services is by no means certain. Secondly, computer illiteracy. Much of the community has not and cannot use a computer. Yet when we offer free internet training, they refuse.
Palamakumbura, T. (2008). The computer revolution: struggling for survival in rural Cameroon. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, 4(3),. Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies.