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Last Updated: Thursday June 30 2005 15:10 GMT

The internet

African children on the internet
Fewer than one out of every 250 people in Africa use the net.

The African countries where the internet is most popular are:

  • Egypt
  • South Africa
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria

Why isn't it more popular?

It's expensive. On average, to surf the net for 20 hours costs more money than you can earn in a month in many parts of Africa.

  • Many kids haven't learnt to read.

  • They don't always have electricity - especially in the countryside.

  • The government in South Africa is keen for schools to have access to the internet - but many teachers say they still don't have enough books or even desks and chairs.

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