Barriers to World Education
It’s easy to remember that not every single student or child has access to education. Whether it’s due to money problems, no schools in the area, or other political economic or social factors there are various barriers to worldwide education.
Some of these are easily fixed, some are not, but all of them need to be addressed by prosperous nations to ensure freedom and equality of education in the world. Knowledge is power and it’s time those less fortunate had access to it.
Examples of the barriers to worldwide learning
- Untrained teachers and staff: Teachers are the lifeblood of a school, but teachers who are either not knowledgeable in the subject that they are teaching or who have not been trained on how to teach their students are all too common in poorer countries.
If a teacher doesn’t have a primary or secondary education, how can they be expected to teach students the skills they lack? In addition, even if trained teachers are available, there aren’t enough of them to go around to all the schools that need them.
- No learning tools: Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments are all in short supply in various places around the world, with most students forced to share the outdated and sometimes damaged materials with one another, preventing detailed learning as they are passed around.
Teachers also don’t have a lot of materials to prepare for lessons, preventing proper testing and assessment of the students on the subjects that they are being taught.
- Discrimination against students: Some schools and countries have very strict laws when it comes to students with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, and a lack of understanding and places were these disabled students can be themselves causes them to miss out on key learning opportunities.
In addition, due to poverty or mindset, most women are denied access to education, namely because boys are seen as more valuable when it comes to education and girls are taught to manage the house. In addition, several schools do not have bathrooms for solely female use, which opens up a host of other problems.
- Conflict: War torn counties make everything hard, including education as students and staff must flee their homes, schools can become battlegrounds between competing factions, and education centers can even be destroyed.
Providing a safe and secure area for education in the war-torn counties must become a top priority.
How these problems can be fixed
Various organizations, most notably the Global Partnership for Education, have been helping to fix these issues primarily through money and donations. By building schools, toilets, and providing training for staff on how to teach and manage a classroom, they are helping to rebuild a damaged education system and prepare a new one.
Education is a right of all people, no matter age, race, gender, or creed, and although the problems facing complete worldwide education are huge, by working together and becoming educated on the issues children face every day, a true worldwide learning system can be forged.