This essay highlights the fact that without adequate capacity building (from training of teachers to content development), even well-designed policies and the most sophisticated technologies will not be able to achieve the desired results.
This essay on capacity building covers a number of aspects from training of teachers to support for content development. It highlights the critical issue that, without adequate capacity building, even well-designed policies and the most sophisticated technologies would not be able to achieve the desired results. Allocation of resources for use of ICT in human development areas in South Asia (also developing and least developed countries) has to balance the needs between providing basic infrastructure such as computers, connectivity, and physical infrastructure on one hand with the mass-based learning networks, content support, and development initiatives on the other. All the programs and policies related to ICT in education must address both these dimensions since inadequate infrastructure would undermine the feasibility of mass-based soft infrastructure such as creation of knowledge networks and content creation. On the other hand, creation of more infrastructure without availability of such soft resources for ICT-enabled learning would turn out to be white elephants and would realize no benefits for the lack of maintenance in the longer run. The essay explores the current availability of infrastructure and support mechanisms and also profiles some of the key initiatives taken by different focus countries to ensure adequate capacity building for effective integration of ICTs in education.