Elaborating on commercial uses of laptops, e-commerce has the potential to contribute considerably to the GDP of a country. Official statistics forecasted that e-commerce will contribute to almost 10% of the GDP of Japan between 2004 and 2009. If e-commerce could gain popularity in developing countries, it could set off a domino effect. By buying $170 laptops, people can access the internet easily and can start small businesses online, proliferating employment opportunities. However, it should be noted that third world countries have a very low literacy rate. In a survey conducted by UN in a third world country, Pakistan, 50% of fifth-grade primary school children selected randomly for the survey failed a simple test that assessed their educational basics.
The total adult literacy rate in Pakistan is 55%; however, the majority of these people only know how to sign their name. It is hard to expect them to operate a laptop, let alone conduct business online. Malawi is a small country located in South Africa and has a population of 13 million people. Out of such a small population, 14% have HIV/AIDS and the average life expectancy is 37 years.
Most of the economy is dependent on agriculture; fluctuation in rainfall, demand for agricultural products etc can mean starvation (Verclas). Introduction of laptops in a country where the only toys children have to play with are worn-out rubber wheels and wooden blocks not only seems unfeasible but draws attention to other basic pressing issues that need to be urgently addressed. Where many businesses have flopped due to the economic crisis, poorly planned policies and corruption have impeded the development of education in the third world and have mitigated effective channelization of funds.
Many of the teachers are secondary school graduates and have little know-how of teaching since most of them do not receive any professional training courses. Where schools lack basic infrastructure like chairs, tables, stationery etc and children wear the same battered old clothes to school every day, how can a laptop create educational opportunities for these children?
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