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.
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
Most of us have been privileged enough to get the best of education. Now it is our duty to give it back to those kids who deserve it but are denied due to various reasons. Let us all do our bit in any way possible. If you know anyone already working towards such causes or institutes / NGO’s working for the same, support them in ways you can. small ways like volunteering or maybe even donating if you can. Let’s improve the education system and provide quality education to as many as possible.