"Humans have acquired world-transforming technologies without the corresponding wisdom to know how to use them." Carl Sagan (1993)
A critical question to address in order to articulate the relation between education and ICTs is therefore the following:
What are some of the ways in which ICTs transform and improve basic education, across formal, non-formal and informal learning processes, in meeting the basic learning needs of all, so that all people have lifelong opportunities to develop their full potential, improve their lives and take part in developing their societies?
This study intends to contribute to closing the knowledge gap with regard to the articulation between basic education and ICTs, so as to develop recommendations for policy makers, interest groups and practitioners on future activities in this area.
More specifically the study intends to:
identify examples of relevant and empowering learning that is supported by the use of ICTs from different regions, cultures and contexts;
identify types of ICT uses in learning processes that have positive effects on development and facilitate continued individual and collective learning;
deepen our understanding of the impact of ICTs on educational change and development;
discuss the purpose and meaning of ICT uses in basic education for lifelong learning;
make recommendations with regard to future research, policies and practices in the area of lifelong learning and ICTs, in particular in the context of the WSIS.