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Megan Summers

Impact Entrepreneurship Group


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Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery. – Horace Mann


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  • Oct 7 2011: I believe in developing counties, we are not having the infrastructure nor the resources to establish a decent formal education system. We need to use technology to bring education to the people who can't afford it or have no access to it. And I believe give the people the information and they will educate themselves, maybe not according to formal standards, but it will help them to make ends meet. For what I have seen in Malawi it will be difficult to establish an decent Internet infrastructure, so I believe some tablets /laptops stuffed with Wikipedia and educational videos will be the new great equalizer

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