Developing countries are not able to give due importance to improving education system in their countries because of more pressing problems and lack of adequate funds. They deal with daily challenges because of economic pressures, law and order and threat to security. These are difficult situations and in the bargain focus on education takes a backseat. However importance of education cannot be ignored under any circumstances as education is the main tool that assists in building the citizens and leaders of tomorrow across the globe.
If education is not given the due importance it deserves the world shall remain just like it is today even 100 years from now, with a handful of developed nations and the rest would remain to be developing nations. Improving education is the key to overcome poverty and hardship and finally uplift the developing nations to the status of developed nations. Social media education application in third world countries is still a novelty because they do not have the complete perspective on how they can use social media to improve education.
Some countries, classified to be emerging markets, have educational institutions of world class standard. These institutions offer education which can be compared to what is being provided by any developed nation throughout the world. These countries are India, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Brazil, Philippines, South Africa and Thailand. Ironically despite world class educations being available, vast majority of people of these countries are unable to take its advantage, as quality education is too expensive. The role of social media in developing world is to be understood to use it as the tool to make education reachable to the people of lower income groups too.
The biggest problem of developing countries is poverty. Due to lack of economic resources people tend to ignore education, as quality education comes at a very heavy price. Their mindset is such that they would rather have a bread earner than a child being educated. Various studies have revealed that after the basic economic requirements of the poor families are met, they start thinking of putting their children in public schools, as that is all they can afford. These public schools have lower education standards because of bad quality teachers. This is where social media education application can help bridge the gap and fill in for the teachers by imparting better education to the children.
Recently India has launched an education satellite EDUSAT which covers most of country at much reduced cost. It has also introduced a $100 laptop, especially for students to provide digital education. Africa also has come up with “e-school programme” for giving computer equipments to all the 600,000 primary schools as well as high schools. Other developing countries too have similar plans to encourage education, particularly for those below economic scale.
Social media in developing world is the best resort to improve education without increasing the costs. Children have access to various sources of information and use internet as the main important instrument for self education.