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The intent of Asante Africa Foundation’s Technology in the Classroom Initiative is to bring technology and infrastructure development to rural areas of Africa. The Technology in the Classroom Initiative has established 3 objectives in regard to bringing infrastructure to rural areas of Africa:

  1. establish a strategic framework for the development of infrastructure in rural areas of Africa;
  2. establish an infrastructure development program;
  3. prepare an implementation strategy.

Information and communications technology (ICT) is key to continued economic growth for Africa.

A combination of investment in enabling infrastructure and a well-educated workforce could transform Africa into a regional hub for IT innovation and services. ICT could become a major employer in Africa. Furthermore, over time Africa could develop into a global innovator that is recognized worldwide for its ICT genius in the way India has been in the recent past. Asante Africa Foundation, through its Technology in the Classroom Initiative, is partnering with local governments, NGO’s, and the international business community to bring ICT to rural areas of Africa.

There are many reasons to invest in Africa. However there are 5 over-riding reasons to consider in making a decision to invest in Africa.

ser1. Computers and Servers The Technology in the Classroom Initiative empowers underserved youth to learn, lead and create with technology, preparing them with skills essential for their academic and career success.

lte2. Mobile Internet According to the Guardian, Africa’s vast mobile population is creating a new investment opportunity for mobile operators, content providers, smart card companies and mobile phone manufacturers. The African continent is at the heart of the mobile revolution.

broad3. Broadband There’s been significant progress in Africa’s broadband investments with high capacity broadband projects being rolled out across the continent. These connections are set to drive down the cost and increase accessibility of broadband in Africa, reducing the cost of doing business on the continent. Further investment is needed to extended broadband connectivity to rural areas of Africa.

agr4. E-Agriculture Mobile phones are currently being used by farmers in various African countries to determine daily farm prices in local markets, process orders and to issue warnings of an imminent drought or severe rain. e-Agriculture is revolutionizing communication in African farming.

health5. E- Healthcare There is a demand for collaborative technologies that provide rural doctors with access to internationals experts during medical procedures in real time, creating investment opportunities for mobile internet, broadband, and computer and server companies.