Here is Part 2 of the article titled “Infusing Technology In Third World Countries.”
Integrating technology is also essential in improving education. Education plays a significant role in alleviating the conditions of poverty as it can benefit people in many different aspects such as improving health, political stability, and even economic growth. With the emergence of technology, resources will no longer be an issue for the student not to attend school. Thus, highly competitive students will increase in number.
There will also be institutions that will be built to develop the technical expertise of the students. More highly skilled students entail better production. It is precious for Third World countries to consider developing their educational systems that will lead to highly competent graduates in the future.
It is imperative to develop a curriculum that matches the needs of the students from the Third World and developing countries. Results have shown that in developing countries students and teachers have adapted to the innovative curriculums positively. Just like for example, a non-profit organization in the United States called the Math/Science Nucleus designed a curriculum with the integration of technology.
Additionally, teachers were also given the training to perform the task. The advancement in technology and the technical preparations teachers have to undergo will also serve as a driving force for local teachers to become more qualified to undertake the roles that will allow them to prepare for a more educated generation.
Generating Fund Raising
It is vital for a learning institution especially from the Third World and underdeveloped countries to have a social media account or a website that will serve as their avenue to connect with the other parts of the world. Technology then will serve as a bridge for this learning institution to be approachable. Most of the schools in the Third World or underdeveloped countries lack resources like books, papers, pencils, printers, etc. Through social media or websites, people from different parts of the world will know their current situation thus assistance will quickly be given to the learning institution in need. Online donations and fundraising will then be generated.
Schools will receive their essential supplies like gadgets that can be used in the learning process, projector and other related materials that can be used by teachers in delivering quality education. See? Not only teachers or professionals will be benefited but also the students.
Political Challenges With Technology
Because of political factors, many people from the Third World or underdeveloped countries do not welcome changes immediately most specifically if the influences are from the Western countries. Introducing technological advancement will not seem as feasible as it is so developed countries should find ways to prevent this. They will think that integrating technology will serve as a bad influence on their society and culture. Most of the citizens will resist these changes, and the strategic plan of integrating technology will just be negatively perceived. Technologies will only be viewed as one of the possible ways for corruption to take place.
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center on current Internet users in 32 developing countries identified the impact of the Internet. The study concluded that 42% of people think that the Internet has a bad influence on morality. This implies that developing countries should find suitable strategic ways to let these Third World countries realize the global benefits of the technology. Developing countries must also stress the positive impacts of technology on the economy of Third World countries.
It is therefore seen that integrating technology would help Third World countries to develop such as improving the educational system, increasing job opportunities and raising the standards of living. However, developed countries like the United States should take into account the social, economic and political factors of the underdeveloped countries. Also, take into consideration if the new infrastructure can support technological advancement.