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A Case Study of Information Technology Education and Economic Development in Rural Nigeria

A Case Study of Information Technology Education and Economic Development in Rural Nigeria
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Author(s): Adekunle Okunoye (Xavier University, USA), Nancy Bertaux (Xavier University, USA), Abiodun O. Bada (The George Washington University, USA), Elaine Crable (Xavier University, USA) and James Brodzinski (St. Xavier University, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 18
Source title: Regional Development: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0882-5.ch402

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Abstract

This essay presents a case study of Information Technology (IT) education as a contributor to economic and human development in rural Nigeria. The case of Summit Computers suggests that for developing countries to benefit from advances in IT, the following factors are of great importance and can be enhanced by IT education initiatives: convenience, affordability, emphasis on participation and empowerment of local users, encouragement of entrepreneurship, and building awareness among potential users. Additionally, careful attention should be given to how IT training can meet local employment and other needs are important factors in rural communities in developing countries such as Nigeria.

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