Internet and Cell phone penetration around the globe has dramatically increased over the past decade.  This has created a push/pull effect in literacy and education.  As internet penetration as increased, literacy for men and women between the ages of 15-24 has increased in parts of the globe where internet penetration has increased.  We believe that as this penetration increases the opportunity for education to be supplemented by online learning tools like Wikipedia and the Kahn Academy will allow online educational tools to supplement classroom training.  In places where internet penetration is high, schools are increasingly catching up to the online and smartphone habits of students.  The challenge is to harness education at the level of technology adaption of the community.  

Gapminder: Literacy & Internet

Global Internet Users

Global Internet Penetration per 1000 People

Global Cell Phone Penetration

Online Learning

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, the online education is rising at an incredible pace:

  • The number of students taking at least one web-based class in the fall 2009 semester reached 5.6 million students.
  • Experts predict that online education could reach 14 million in 2014.
  • 21% growth rate for online enrollments in 2009 (far higher than the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population)
  • Almost two-thirds of for-profit institutions now say that online learning is a critical part of their long term strategy
  • Three-quarters of institutions report that the economic downturn has increased demand for online courses and programs (vs. only one-half of institutions report that it has increased demand for face-to-face courses and programs)