« When we first started talking about Smart Schools – these new types of classrooms connecting students’ tablets to a digital board and creating collective learning experiences -, many people had doubts…. And yet, we have set up pilot projects in Mali, the Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea – while such Smartschools remain quite rare in other parts of the world. We need Smart Schools to prepare children for the Information Age.
Now that we got the ball rolling, the initiative will gain momentum. Africa can quickly become a world class benchmark in this field. This is « The advantage of economic backwardness ». We are proof that this theory from Gerschenkron, stating that the more backward an economy is at the outset of economic development, the greater the scale of technical development since it benefits from all the latest breakthroughs, is true. Supporting the education sector is a priority; we offer young people access to information and technology, so as to enable and empower them to develop their potential».