The four things I believe are stopping more Africans from taking advantage of e-learning are:
- Electricity: With most parts of Africa having little or no electricity supply, it becomes a moot point accessing the Internet. And yes, one could use phones but these require charging.
- Connectivity : There is still not enough bandwidth availalable and sometimes connection speeds could be crippling. I tried watching a Youtube video in Freetown recently and had to give up after 1 hour.
- Equipment: Laptops, Tablets and even Smartphones are still too expensive for the average student.
- Payment: Although a lot of online resources are free, some very good Africa-focused education products are paid for: Pass , African Virtual School , and Eneza Education . Students or their parents do not have easy access to credit/debit cards or are not aware of alternative payments.