education in third worldIn this video, Brookings Institute policy and education expert Rebecca Winthrop discusses the three primary crises facing educational practice in the developing world.

In her view, there are three main issues that need to be dealt with:

First, children in many countries are unable to go to school. This could be because they live in rural areas where there are no schools close enough to them to reach, or because they live in an area impacted by warring tribes and conflicts, or environmental crises, and survival, not education, is their primary focus.

Second, that those children who do go to school often receive a very low quality of education. This occurs due to underfunded school systems and a lack of qualified teachers. In a sense, many areas have a system of “the blind leading the blind,” with little hope of breaking the cycle without outside influence.

Third, many children don’t learn the real world skills they need in order to get jobs in their countries or regions. Many argue that schools should focus more on technical and trade skills that can make a real impact in lifting areas out of poverty, rather than a “traditional” education focusing on literacy, math, and history.

Watch the video for the full perspective.