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How do we foster education and empower young generations in developing countries?

Prosperity and quality of life in developing countries is tied closely to the level of education of its people. People in more remote areas are sometimes unaware of the importance of education. However, improving education is correlated to improved health, democracy, and economic development. As a new generation in over-populated parts of the world inherits greater societal and economic problems, education can be their savior.

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During a 2 1/2 year period, researchers placed unsupervised playground computer kiosks in rural India (called 'hole-in-the-wall' kiosks), which showed that children exposed to these kiosks learned to use computers on their own and learned computer science, without any classroom teaching for it. When a comparative study was conducted between students from a kiosk school and a non-kiosk school, as well as of frequent and infrequent users of the kiosk, the results showed a significant impact of kiosk usage on mathematics achievement. (source: Inamdar & Kulkarni, 2007).

This education model demonstrates the inherent curiosity of people in the developing world, and the idea that learning can be self-directed given the right tools and technology. If developed nations provide the (relative low amount of) funds to place more learning kiosks in developing countries, this study suggests that little further resources are required to encourage and empower people to educate themselves.


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Thanks everyone! I look forward to seeing the innovative ways in which we can find an answer to this question. Onward!

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