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Education for Everyone? Think Again!

Updated on March 16, 2011

About the 'Education Hub Series'

I strongly feel the need that people must perform their responsibilities. So in the same process, I, as a writer, felt the need to write about ‘Education’ which is I believe, proofs to be the most fundamental pillar of any civilized society. In this article, I am continuing the series, and will put some light about some “Problems in getting education in the Third World Countries”.

If you are interested in reading some more education-related-problems (which I feel is everyone’s responsibility) you can check my other hubs:


I am talking about almost HALF OF THE WORLD!
I am talking about almost HALF OF THE WORLD!

Education is considered as a basic right for everyone. Although, there are many places in the world, where children have been deprived from getting education OR children have been brain-washed (without having any bad intentions) in such a manner that they now possess a mentality, same as their ancestors, that education is not that necessary. More specifically, the third world OR the Third world countries that include some Asian and African countries, which have really lacked in educating people and their literacy rate of the Third World Countries is really suffering as compared to many of the European and American states.

The blame does not go, or rather MAY not go, on one specific factor. There are tons of things, lots of factors involved contributing in creating this vicious circle that does not seem to end so soon.

One thing that should be noted here, I am from Asia myself and belong to a Third World Country and I am not here, writing an article to emphasizing the difference between the two sides and many countries out there. I am here to make awareness in many people’s minds that there are many places in the world, other than your centrally air-conditioned skyscraper type office, that seriously need attention. This is a call to humanity, so before reading this article, I would request you all, to please keep your negative approach on the back side of your head and I hope you will act as ‘EDUCATED’ =)


So, what are the problems that people are facing in these Third World Countries? Some of them are mentioned below:

  1. A Hereditary Curse:

As I already mentioned the fact, that majority of the people is illiterate and possess a mentality and an approach that education is not that much necessary. When these people got generations under their family tree, they passed on the same mentality to their younger ones. Thus, the cycle goes on, and this vicious circle holds a real importance in the factors which are involved in the problems of getting education in these Third World Countries.

They cannot even imagine the kind of education and the facilities that many of you people enjoy daily.
They cannot even imagine the kind of education and the facilities that many of you people enjoy daily.

2. Lack of Resources:

Many of these Third World Countries do lack in resources. Rather I should say, these countries do lack in the ability of optimization of resources. There are not many schools and colleges or universities in these countries, at least not the quality one. The public schools here, are really not worthy of being admitted to.

Eyes filled with tears, and a hope for betterment.
Eyes filled with tears, and a hope for betterment.

3. Poverty:

Many people who live in the Third World, live below the poverty line. NO EDUCATION is been an important and contributing factor for ‘Poverty’. Lack of just rewards, education, administration problems, low-rewarding professions, under-developing economies and many other factors indirectly force the children to quit their education and help increasing the menace of 'CHILD LABOR'.

4. Lack of Educational Programmes:

The governments and administrations of many of the Third World Countries, which already suffer from the lack of revenues and developing businesses, do not pay much attention for educational and promotional programmes to lure more children into the educational circle. Lack of awareness towards education is also an important problem among many.

5. Educational Budget:

As you already know, that many of these governments are poor and their economics are still in the development phase. Many of them have been hit severely by the “Global Financial Crisis”. They do not allocate the desired budget for the educational sector. It’s a sad fact but cannot be over-looked.

I once hear an analyst talking in a TV-talk-show. He said that “If we accumulate the budget allocated to ALL THE PUBLIC (excluding the Private Sector) UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES and SCHOOLS of Pakistan, that budget will be lesser than the budget allocated to the University of Singapore alone.”

I wrote this article, because I believe a writer is the most responsible person in the world by bringing the light to any issue that he could see. My appeal to all of the readers is not to look down on those countries, people or children. They all are the same as you. The need here is to be united and fight against these menaces by being united and together, regardless of the fact, in which part of the world the problem actually is.

It's high time to be United
It's high time to be United

Please do leave any comment you like, because it will help me to judge many opinions and the feedbacks will help me grow. Thank you.


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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ poetvix ... EXACTLY! I 100% agree with you. I do not know how I managed to forgot that point you mentioned.

      This is one among the many sad facts, that the rulers of many countries, don't want ALL of their population to be educated, as then they won't be able to implement such ruthless and disgusting policies, which they enjoy doing now.

      Thank you once again for contributing, and I am really glad you liked my article :)

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I really like this. I think it brings to light an important topic that does not get enough attention. I would like to suggest another possible contributing factor and that is the fact that an uneducated populace is easier to control. Not all governments want the masses educated.

      Further, I think we need to remember that we are speaking of formal education here. Many of these peoples have extensive knowledge of botany and horticulture, agriculture and so forth though they may not refer to it in such terms. Said knowledge is passed down to the next generation often by parent teaching child. With that being said, I think many of these peoples do value knowledge, just not what we call formal education. If we could show them how such would enhance the knowledge they already have and connect to their everyday lives they would be much more accepting of it.

      Fantastic hub!

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Exactly. That is why I said, its high time to be united.

      To have an educated and happy living world, we must have to educate every child out there, doesn't matter, from which continent he/she belongs to.

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      swedal 7 years ago from Colorado

      It is a problem which should be addressed by countries around the world as there are too many children without adequate access to education which can help them make contributions to society.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      And I personally believe, that in whatever field, if anyone has the command or the ability to do something. Its his foremost responsibility to do for the betterment for the society first.

      I wish that one day, everyone will contribute for a positive change, and we would be able to see better results in no time. :)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ Betty

      I am very glad that you tried to understand, for what I made an effort :) and yes many more hubs are on their way, the next one is about 'Child Labor'. I hope you will like it too.

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      Betty Johansen 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your insights about this HUGE problem. I admire your commitment to make a difference through your gift of writing and look forward to reading more hubs in your education series.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ Claudin_Dayo ... I am glad that you liked my effort and understood the exact theme of it.

      I agree with your point, but there are many other things involved in it. As the efforts that are made in this regard, is not supported by the governments in any way. Nor by the governments of the Third World, neither by the countries that these people try to go and study (studying abroad. I myself want to go to Canada, and study about music, but .... :( :P

      and I THINK, phillippines may not be suffering that much of illiteracy rate, as compared to some of the other asian and african countries. You belong to this part of the world, please share your knowledge and information about it =)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ fibo777 ... You are right that only private initiatives change that. In Pakistan (where I live) many private institutions and trusts are playing this role with supreme efficiency but the governments here are not up to the mark in their administrations, and its a shame.

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      Claudin_Dayo 7 years ago from Southeast Asia

      This was great, really!

      I actually belong to a Third World country let's conceal it in the name of Philippines :D anyways I must agree that education here cannot reach people in rural areas but the bright side is that those people are trying their best to acquire education by getting for themselves a scholarship or being a working student; they are usually competitive and have set up for themselves goals to bring forth to reality =) poverty is a state of mind and it won't be a hindrance to education for if there's a will the Lord will make a way

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      fibo777 7 years ago from UK

      Unfortunately, I think most kids in the Third World countries that do not have education there now, will never get it. Only private initiative can change that. All western foreign policy is full of hypocrisy. They play humanism on the one hand and promote global commercial giants on the other. And close their eyes to crisis as Rwanda experienced. Thanks for the hub. Useful.