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Developing countries struggle enormously to create and retain a trained, skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Traditional colleges and schools in those areas fail to provide proper education for their students. Thus, the educational gap between developing and adult democracies deepens from year to year. Traditional universities and schools currently face a series of challenges in those areas, from poorly-designed curricula to budget cuts and staggering tuition fees. In some cases, high-interest courses are cut and the choices students in developing countries have, are shy, as compared to thriving economies.
Information technology, however, is due to change the way students in developing countries learn and interact with their tutors. Online courses have become an incredible tool in training these students in some of the most sought-after domains, in a way traditional schooling and universities were, and still, are unable to. Below are some of the ways online schooling and online courses are making higher-education available and ready for students in developing countries.
Varied courses and programs
Online tutoring and online courses cover all domains that students may have access during their university programs, if not more. In developing countries, students have a limited course variety which limits their career trajectories a lot. Chemistry, neuroscience and other major and minor courses can be easily accessed online, by anybody with a technological device and a steady Internet connection.
In developing countries, online schools have become common practice. Inspiring courses and curricula that meet the development demands of these countries have been lately tailored to come and meet the needs of each student, individually, depending on their learning progress and current knowledge.
What is amazing about these courses is the fact that students can get in touch with tutors from different corners of the world and remain up to date with the latest developments in terms of curricula in strong economies.
Financially-accessible courses and programs
As compared to traditional university courses, online tutoring is coming at only a fraction of the total costs of the first category. When choosing online classes instead of traditional universities, students may end up saving up to ¾ of the total university enrolment and tuition costs.
Since developing countries struggle with weak and unstable economies and high poverty rates, this comes as a good propeller in terms of education and career advancement. Some online learning platforms take this idea a step further and offer completely free education to students and children in developing countries, filling the gaps the poor political and economic system were unable to for decades.
Impoverished communities are due to remain the same when clear and properly-tailored education lacks, sabotaging their own development. But when financial struggles are the sole reason why children and teenagers choose to work in the fields or other physically-demanding jobs to survive, online courses come to save at least a part of their futures, bringing education closer to them in an affordable fashion.
A comfortable and safe learning environment
Another major issue in developing countries is the lack of safe and comfortable learning environments. Schools in Africa and other young economies of the world lack running water, they lack proper class furniture and other small conveniences that might facilitate the educational process of those children.
Besides, schools in war areas are a major hazard for students and children, being targets of the opposing armed forces. Syria, Iraq and Iran are only some of those conflict areas where children, although might want to enjoy the educational routine their western peers enjoy, are unable to. Although the Syrian government already rehabilitated over 400 schools before the 2018 school year has begun, the road to a healthy and efficient school and university system is still a long one. Besides, many children live in refugee camps, an aspect that burdens the educational process furthermore.
Online courses, on the other hand, can be accessed from various safe spaces children many find and offer a reliable and safe solution to traditional school and university curriculum.
One-on-one interaction with tutors
Maybe one of the biggest advantages brought by online tutoring classes is the one-on-one interaction between the tutor and students. It has been proven on numerous occasions that online tutoring offers a more personal touch which brings empowerment to the student.
One-on-one tutoring offers the advantage of courses specifically tailored to the needs of each student. Besides, this type of learning process allows the tutor to identify educational gaps but also personal skills and performances of each student and adapt each course depending on each student’s needs. In traditional courses and classes, a similar approach is nearly impossible, identifying gaps and abilities in classes of 30+ students is humanly impossible and assessing their individual skills, just as well.
Besides, in developing countries, the human resource necessary in schools and universities is almost always lacking, due to the poor capabilities and low levels of attractiveness of these countries. In these particular cases, online classes remain an accessible solution to those students who want to thrive, in spite of the impoverishment and lack of adequate educational resources.
No need for commuting to and from university
Extra accessibility for these students is also offered by the fact that they don’t have to travel long distances to receive a proper education. In developing countries, remote communities are usually stranded by large educational centres due to the lack of proper road infrastructure. Online courses eliminate the need of those students to travel long distances to receive even minimal education.
Online learning is an incredible tool in closing the educational gap between developing countries and affluent economies of the world. While not all online courses follow a good structure and enjoy the presence of trained and skilled tutors, students can access top-education after a thorough research process. Impoverishment and the lack of structured and accurate curricula, staggering university fees and war are less and less likely to impact the educational trajectory of students in disadvantaged areas, in the online learning context. Plus, receiving adequate and personalizes help in the learning process comes as a big advantage for many students.
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