Teaching Java at a Third World Nation: Globalization and Myths
First of all, I was born and live in Chile, that is a also "Third World Nation", although Chileans thinks differently ;), Just take a look at: http://www.gcr.weforum.org/ (The best ranked country of Latin America)
Three weeks ago I was teaching Java at Managua the capital of Nicaragua, a very beautiful place with very nice people. I was teaching Java also in other countries of South America, but it was my first time in Central America. When you think about these kinds of countries as "Third World Nation", small geography and population with a recent past of guerrillas, you can easily imagine a lot of wrong things about Nicaragua. But what about IT people, technology and Java? This is my opinion:
A good point about Globalization is the "natural" knowledge transference, everyone in Nicaragua can learn from authors such as Joshua Bloch through Internet, for instance I saw a few books about certifications as Linux, Java and Microsoft (nobody is perfect :P) bought at amazon.com
I'm teaching Java over five years, in numbers it could be an average of one thousand of people (from Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil) and I can't see any difference between these people and Nicaragua people, and in some cases the most advanced students had a level over the average. The questions always were smarts, very hard in some cases and fun!. The aptitude to learn was excellent, they were very punctual and finished late because of the questions, questions and more questions!
They are developing a bigger project for e-goverment powered by Java!
Chile and Nicaragua share the "a.k.a", knows as:"The Switzerland" of Central America (Latin America for Chile)
I hope to come back to Nicaragua....Vacation could be :D