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There is an interconnect between the IT education policy in a country and the economic growth experienced or expected. "Computation is the most powerful 'thing to think with,' " says Walter Bender, executive director of Sugar Labs, citing the revolutionary thesis of Seymour Papert. "Access to computers enables children to explore powerful ideas. But today, most children don't have access to computation as a regular part of their schooling and those that do are for the most part using a computer designed for office workers. They are not free to imagine, realize, critique, and reflect."

The solution? A nation's IT policy should focus on the adoption of free and open source software, and on learner-focused education.

From The Ghanaian Journal
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