South Africa’s education system has been strongly criticized over the past two years. For instance textbook shortages, school backlogs and low-matric pass rates are highly publicized therefore leading everybody to assume we are the worst performing country in the field of academics. Although the fact checking website Africa Check argues this as false information.
Nevertheless it is for this reason that everyone living in South Africa should be connected to the Internet as a means of accessing information.
The Lightbulb application has libraries of information that a lot of people in remote areas that are not in close proximity of a medical centre could use. Also people would no longer need to depend on government for solutions pertaining menial community issues because everyone would have access to research pertaining social issues therefore allowing people to make intellectual decisions when implementing a solution instead of always protesting as a means of being seen because their complaints are not heard due to no access to social media which is where many other people comment about products, brands and services.
Everybody needs to be part of the digital era! This is the only way we’re going to move forward not only as students and scholars but as human beings who can add knowledge to our communities, whether rural or urban!
This is why the Google-Loon is by far the best solution to increasing access to education.
It is understood that Google will be investing one billion dollars in a fleet of satellites so that it can beam internet services across countries such as South Africa alongside the rest of the developing world. A Loon is a balloon envelope that floats in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather.
Loon balloons go where they’re needed by rising or descending into a layer of wind blowing in the desired direction of travel.
Project Loon’s tagline is “balloon-powered internet for everyone”—and when they say everyone, they really mean everyone.
As noted in the video above, Google’s aim with Project Loon is to deliver high-speed Internet to the estimated 60% of the world’s population who don’t currently have access to it. But according to Google, they don’t just want a bunch of new Google+ users—they believe in the power that the Internet brings to those who don’t have access to things like medical information, higher education, and worldwide communication.
It may seem as though the internet is a global community but statistics reveal that two-thirds of all people do not yet have any internet access this means that people in non-connected areas that may have an Android tablet and the Lightbulb application may need to climb a high tree or travel far to wi-fi hotspots in order to be able to fully exploit the benefits of the ground-breaking application. If the Google-Loon came to South Africa a lot of rural and remote areas would receive full internet coverage therefore bringing many more people online which would allow for many more people to access information and education through the Lightbulb application.
By partnering with Telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum Google will enable people, such as Lightbulb users, to connect to the balloon network directly from their tablets. The signal will then pass across the balloon network and back down to the global Internet on Earth allowing 3G speed use of the application therefore allowing intensive applications such as Lightbulb to be used effectively with images loading successfully and PDF’s downloading faster.
By: Tshwanelo Fokazi
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