Setting up an alternative public and community offer related to e-learning

Orientation of proposal

The government should invest in developing tools, specialised researchers, teachers and instructors in the area of e-learning.

These investments should promote the emergence of new places for the creation of knowledge.

Cooperation programmes can incorporate a section on education sciences associating researchers and teachers from both developing and industrialised countries, in order to encourage the development of tools adapted to the cultural diversity and context of insufficient schooling in certain developing countries.


Rather than regretting the progressive drift of education towards Mammon, pushed by the impact in particular of information technologies being introduced into teaching methods, efforts must be made to set up an alternative supply in every area of e-learning.

At the same time, the public authorities should accept and recognise the emergence of new places of diffusion (for example, telecentres) and the development of different kinds of know-how, contributed by community networks, among others (for example, knowledge exchange networks, knowledge trees in France and Europe, knowledge communities in the United States, etc.). This alternative offer is particularly important for the countries of the South, where e-learning, through time, will be a way of introducing genuinely general and compulsory education of quality. It must also avoid a situation in which all students in developing countries access American and other Western universities due to a lack of local supply, which would lead to cultural uniformity.

Posté le 4 octobre 2002

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