PhD Success: The Right to Education as Cultural Imperialism: Through the OLPC Project, Anna Kweskin

This research uses the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project to examine the values embodied in the right to education.

This research examines the ideological underpinnings and embodiment of Western values in the right to education. Specifically how those values are disseminated through human rights education and the imposition of a school system through which hegemonic power is exercised.

It enquires into the connection between information technology and education, through Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D).  As educational development projects are specifically aimed at developing world countries, the methodological approach used is the third world approach to international law (TWAIL).

The OLPC project is a useful lens as it encompasses the rhetoric and ideology of ICT4D: education, development and technology, which are examined separately and together. Through TWAIL this research explores the argument that international law perpetuates inequality in relation to development. It then attempts to assess whether empowerment is possible through an ICT4D approach using the largest implementation of the OLPC project in Uruguay as the basis for this enquiry. As a result it finds a strong correlation between education and cultural imperialism.

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