About Eating an Elephant – Closing the “Digital Divide”

How do you eat an elephant? This joke always comes to mind when the digital divide is discussed. A situation that seems to be hopeless is addressed daily by the growing access and availability of technology.

Technology-rich versus technology-poor environments illustrate the problems of communities and companies where highly technical organizations rely on members of previously disadvantaged communities to perform support functions. Technology confronts workers and individuals when they perform technology-supported business tasks. For these communities and individuals, this poses an opportunity as well as a threat. They cannot compete with those in first-world countries as they do not share the same technological expertise. This dualism describes a competitive and technologically advanced developed world, while the developing world lacks both the technological infrastructure
and skilled workers. Such is the case in South Africa. Poor technological skills contribute to the digital gap; computer technology diminishes the gap. (Adapted from “The e-Maturity of the organisation as barometer of the e-readiness of warehouse workers” Moolman & Blignaut 2007)

The irony lies that the same technology that caused this gap – is the solution to the problem. It is my humble and honest view that every educator, lecturer, trainer and teacher that introduces technology to their training and teaching strategies, contribute to “a better future for all”

A slogan that is used and abused by politicians, but the unsung heroes are those who teaches a first click, a mouse action or the highway to the internet.

An elephant can be broken down and digested…

Herman Moolman 24 January 2019.