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Education in Developing countries: Problems and Solutions

Education in Developing countries: Problems and Solutions

23 March, 2016

Developing countries usually do not have an advanced education system.

Because of this, students cannot compete with other countries. Some children do not even go to school.

The following are some of the issues developing countries have in education.

  1. Children often have to work from an early age. People living in poverty in developing countries cannot afford to send their children to school. Hence, children are forced to work instead to support their family.
  2. There are no schools in many areas. Despite the desire to go to school, there are areas that do not have a nearby school. Some cannot go to school because of the distance and they do not have enough money for getting an apartment. These places are usually in the countryside wherein houses are like miles away from each other.
  3. Families do not have access to books or computers. Disadvantaged families are having a hard time earning for food so they no longer think of getting a book. For this reason, children cannot even get a chance to read books or navigate computer.
  4. Literacy rates are often low. People in developing countries cannot read and write well because of the lack of schools and teachers. Aside from that, their priority is not education but earning a living. As mentioned above, people have to work early. As long as they are working and earning enough just to get by, getting educated is not important for them

So what can be done?

To solve the problems, developed countries play a major role in improving the education worldwide. Here are some ideas that could be implemented:

  1. Developed countries could help developing nations by providing money. The main issue among developing countries is the budget for education. Developed countries can financially help these struggling countries to improve the literacy rates.
  2. Developed countries could invest in schools and technology. They could supply the funds to build schools and pay for teachers. Since one of the issues is absence of schools in some areas, money is badly needed in putting up schools in far flung areas. This way, even the children who live in the mountains will get the chance to attend school. Technology is also important. People from developing countries have to be knowledgeable on the equipment being used today.
  3. Children need to have access to free schooling. It is true that education nowadays is expensive. What children need today is free education. This will lessen the burden of parents and will prevent children from working early.
  4. Computer equipment could be donated. These computers do not have to be most advanced ones, as long as it can allow people to learn the basic skills. The Internet can expose students to a world of knowledge and information
  5. Governments should make education compulsory for all children. If education is required by law, then people will comply to avoid punishment. They should encourage parents to send their children to school.
  6. Governments of developed and developing countries must work together. Collaboration is vital in solving education issues in developing countries. This can give insight to developed countries on the real situation and can provide some approaches for the improvement developing countries.