Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a broader term for Information Technology (IT), which refers to all communication technologies, including the internet, cell phones, computers, software, video-conferencing, social networking, and other media applications and services enabling users to access, retrieve, store, transmit, and manipulate information in a digital form.
ICT has greatly contributed towards the social and economic improvements, youth and women’s empowerment, governance and pollical transitions, access to education within the developing world, such as higher employment and productivity, increasing access to education and elevating the quality of life. Though, ICT provides the possibility to acquire information and to connect with other people but for those without access to ICT, the knowledge and resources gap can grow exponentially. This gap, often referred to as a “digital divide,” is usually caused by poverty and lack of infrastructure. In the case of women, cultural expectations and prejudice can further impair their lack of access to ICT.
As per UNESCO, ICT “can contribute to achieving universal education worldwide, through the delivery of education and training of teachers, improved professional skills, better conditions for lifelong learning, and potential to reach people that are outside the formal education process.” In the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, ICT is highlighted as the means to reach the underserved, to listen and learn from their experience.
DCI believes that an online education is essential for students whose physical presence in class is impeded because of work or family responsibilities, geographical limitations, security, health issues, or other constraints. Although face-to-face interaction in a classroom setting is preferred among the education professionals, the online teaching and learning mechanism by both public and private schools and other academic institutions have adopted due to COVID-19 pandemic when it hit the world at the start of year 2020 and still continuing.
We also believes that when women and girls across the world are able to harness ICT’s potential, they improve not only their own lives but can advance their communities through their increased level of employment, participation in governance, and application of better information about health, safety, finance, education, childrearing, social progress, and their rights.
DCI recognizes this opportunity and uses ICT as a tool and provide solutions to its clients for the social and economic improvement, youth and women’s empowerment, governance and pollical transitions, access to education. Our programs and publications increase children, youth and women’s ICT skills and confidence so that they can organize, mobilize, and advocate for issues that affect them. ICT is useful to support accountability and transparency, necessary to track and ensure good use of funds for different efforts entrusted to us by our clients.