Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 238

Full Length Research Paper

Challenges of educational digital infrastructure in Africa: A tale of hope and disillusionment

Joseph Mukuni
  • Joseph Mukuni
  • Department of Teaching and Learning, Career and Technical Education, Virginia Tech, United States.
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  •  Received: 30 May 2019
  •  Accepted: 12 July 2019
  •  Published: 31 July 2019


Technology-based distance learning is becoming popular throughout the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, advancements in communication technology more than two decades ago raised much hope since technology-based distance education was seen as a promising cost effective and cost-efficient answer to expansion of access to education. These high hopes in technology-based distance education have, however, turned into disillusionment because of the challenges relating to digital infrastructure affecting most of Sub-Saharan Africa. This article is a reflection on the challenges of digital infrastructure with respect to distance learning in Africa. The article makes some recommendations for practice and research.  


Key words: Technology-based learning, communication technology, digital divide.