Education: Inclusion, Barriers & Use of Technology

I have been coming across plenty of articles on the issues faced by students, especially those in rural areas and their struggle to gain a proper education. I wouldn’t say that this issue is new because it has been persistent over the years. Unfortunately due to the COVID pandemic, those problems have seemed to worsen. With schools and local teachings shifted to the online medium of education, a huge chunk of students are being deprived of it due to either the lack of smartphones or the internet. In my recent interaction with a very Kind human, who loves teaching so much that she began YouTube and ensures students get the quality education they require. But again it takes me back to thinking about those little kids who are not introduced or not able to gain access to such content due to the lack of devices and internet connections.

Reading about kids who love to study so much that they even climb up trees just for that little internet connection they could receive. It makes me happy to see their love, dedication and efforts, but at the same time breaks my heart to see their struggle and the dangerous activities they have to undergo for their rights to education. This COVID situation has made us all take a step back and think about what we have been doing through the years and how we have used advancements and technology. Sometimes it’s not only the students, there are also teachers who are careless, who don’t value or respect their job, especially in the government schools. This is another major reason why kids lack in receiving a quality education. But Hey, There are people and NGO’s working towards such causes, with a mission to reach as many students as well as teachers as possible.

Barriers in Education:

Here are 10 of the greatest challenges in global education that the world needs to take action on right now to achieve the Global Goal: Quality Education by 2030. 

1. A lack of funding for education

2. Having no teacher, or having an untrained teacher

3. No classroom

4. A lack of learning materials

5. The exclusion of children with disabilities

6. Being the ‘wrong’ gender

7. Living in a country in conflict or at risk of conflict

8. Distance from home to school

9. Hunger and poor nutrition

10. The expense of education

Source of the above points: Read In Detail

Inclusive Or Equal Educational Opportunities:

Around the world, children are excluded from schools where they belong because of disability, race, language, religion, gender, and poverty.

But every child has the right to be supported by their parents and community to grow, learn, and develop in the early years, and, upon reaching school age, to go to school and be welcomed and included by teachers and peers alike. When all children, regardless of their differences, are educated together, everyone benefits—this is the cornerstone of inclusive education.

What is inclusive education?

Inclusive education means different and diverse students learning side by side in the same classroom. They enjoy field trips and after-school activities together. They participate in student government together. And they attend the same sports meets and plays.

Inclusive education values diversity and the unique contributions each student brings to the classroom. In a truly inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. Students and their parents participate in setting learning goals and take part in decisions that affect them. And school staff have the training, support, flexibility, and resources to nurture, encourage, and respond to the needs of all students.

Why is inclusive education important?

Inclusive systems provide a better quality education for all children and are instrumental in changing discriminatory attitudes. Schools provide the context for a child’s first relationship with the world outside their families, enabling the development of social relationships and interactions. Respect and understanding grow when students of diverse abilities and backgrounds play, socialize, and learn together.

Education that excludes and segregates perpetuates discrimination against traditionally marginalized groups. When education is more inclusive, so are concepts of civic participation, employment, and community life.

Using Technology In Education & making it accessible:

Earlier, technology in education was a debatable topic amongst society. Everyone had their own views on modernizing education and making it technology aided. There were a huge number of positives and negatives to education technology. But, gradually as technology was embraced by the educational institutes, they realized the importance of technology in education. Its positives outnumbered the negatives and now, with technology, education has taken a whole new meaning that it leaves us with no doubt that our educational system has been transformed owing to the ever-advancing technology. Technology and education are a great combination if used together with a right reason and vision.

Here are some of the ways in which technology improves educationover time:

  • Teachers can collaborate to share their ideas and resources online
  • Students can develop valuable research skills at a young age
  • Students and teachers have access to an expanse of material
  • Online learning is now an equally credible option

There are innumerous instances till date where we can see the improvement in education, once it embraced technology. It’s about time we take the matters of Education seriously and work towards making it inclusive, and accessible to all.

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