ERIC Number: ED060659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Direct Broadcast Satellite for Education and Development in Africa?
Spain, Peter, Ed.; And Others
A direct broadcasting satellite for sub-Sahara Africa has been proposed. This report was prepared as a briefing document for a UNESCO field team who will visit and consult African countries and advise them about such a system. Extensive surveys of the people and languages of Africa and its political, economical, and educational systems provide a background for considerations of the uses of new instructional media and the engineering considerations involved in a satellite system for Africa. The report emphasizes the necessity for cooperation among the countries of Africa, for a consideration of the place of instructional technology in the "Africanization" of the presently European style educational system, and, above all, for the decisions to be made by Africans based on their perception of the educational needs of their countries. The long preparation period necessary for such a vast undertaking, in the view of the report authors, necessitates an immediate start on the planning and development stage of the project in order that the satellite will be ready to meet the needs of the countries as they arise. (JY)
Descriptors: African Culture, African Languages, Communications, Communications Satellites, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Developing Nations, Educational Development, Educational Media, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Radio, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Feasibility Studies, International Programs, Telecommunications
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Communication Research.
Identifiers: Africa; Africa (Sub Sahara)