The pandemic has accelerated the shift towards digital education, fostering innovation and adaptability, even in countries with limited digital infrastructure. By harnessing the lessons learned over the past few years and the full potential of educational technology (edtech), the opportunity arises to narrow the gap in educational outcomes and digital literacy relative to global standards. Intra-regional cooperation and sharing best practices, as Libya is seeking to do, could elevate academic standards.
Greater access to edtech is a reason for optimism in the face of traditional barriers to education in Libya. Experts project a 75% increase in the use of digital tools to meet future demand. Digital enhancements could be especially effective in elementary school science, English language arts and middle school social studies, with tailored, teacher-focused technologies to help students reach grade-level and subject-specific standards. By leveraging edtech and nurturing cross-country cooperation, Libya can equip students for success in a rapidly evolving world.
Libya aims to transform education through distance learning, evidenced by the establishment of a dedicated government committee and curriculum digitisation initiative. To achieve these goals, policymakers will likely focus on bridging current infrastructure deficits, including ensuring reliable access to the internet, particularly in rural areas; improving the availability of technology and digital content; and boosting training in key digital skills. Sufficient funding and coordination will be central to efforts to scale these initiatives, as will political stability. To unlock the full potential of remote learning, the country could benefit from developing and adopting several crucial tools and technologies:
• A reliable internet connection, essential for delivering online content and facilitating communication between educators and learners;
• Learning-management systems that efficiently administer and deliver education programmes, streamlining the learning experience for all stakeholders;
• Freely accessible digital resources, such as open education resources, are vital to enhancing teaching and learning materials and equipping educators with valuable tools;
• Messaging portals and contact information databases to enable effective engagement and communication among teachers, parents and students; and
• Traditional media outlets like radio and television to disseminate educational content, ensuring inclusivity for all students, especially in areas with limited digital access.
As Libya embraces new technologies and confronts challenges head-on, the potential for remote learning to revolutionise education and transform lives is clear. By fortifying infrastructure, improving access to technology, sharing best practices and investing in comprehensive teacher training, Libya can bridge the digital divide and deliver quality education to all its citizens.