One of the greatest injustices of our time is the many parents who lack basic literacy and numeracy skills, who may feel they are not able to give their children the start in life they deserve. Theses basic skills are key to people becoming independent and self-confident individuals who can make a worthwhile contribution to society.
In my home village of Efail Isaf and my current place of residence Treforest only 16.8 and 17 per cent of people respectively have no qualifications, but in Rhondda Cynon Taff as a whole as many as 4 in 10 of people do not have any qualifications.
As computers become as ubiquitous as the television then new opportunities will open up for more people to learn new skills and gain qualifications through e-learning. Where adults fear going to a college to do a GCSE in English or Mathematics because they do not want to be in a classroom full of school-leavers who may know the basics, the Internet can and should provide them with the chance to learn at their own pace and through the method that suits them at the
time that suits them.
Through e-learning, these adults can develop confidence in themselves by helping them to realise that they have the ability to learn and by changing the negative beliefs that they hold. Through changing such beliefs parents will experience less doubt in themselves when their children ask them to help them with their homework and they will be more likely to go into situations where literacy and numeracy are required.
For e-learning to become a means of achieving social justice the digital divide needs to be narrowed and e-learning materials need to become more interactive and relevant.