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ERIC Number: ED400846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
All Alone and Lost in Cyberspace: Closing the Gap between the Local Village and the Global Village through Teaching Namibian Children Information Skills and Technology.
Jacobs, Veronica
As most of the world progresses towards the twenty-first century, a large sector of the Namibian community struggles with coping with the twentieth century. This paper discusses the vision of educators concerned with school libraries in Namibia to educate the youth of the country to feel at home in a global information society. It is envisaged that these children will act as guides and will take their parents and teachers with them into the "hi-tech" world of the twenty-first century. A new syllabus, the Basic Information Science Syllabus (BIS), was created to enable teachers that do not have adequate information services to teach basic information skills adapted to their own unique situation. The BIS utilizes people and the environment in addition to "traditional" information resources, and all 15 modules make it possible for students to create their own information. An additional module, "The World of Information," addresses the nature of information, where to find information in any circumstances at any time, and uses of information. The paper provides examples of information skills projects and innovations in Namibia. Constraints influencing the success of the teaching module include negative teacher and educator attitudes towards information and the reality and the difficulties of implementing all modules all over the country. Some possible solutions to alleviate the constraints are proposed. An appendix shows the learning aims, basic competencies, and suggestions for the "World of Information" module. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Namibia