This week  we are learning  about  “Education”. As we all know, education is one of the basic needs of the human beings. However, there are many children who do not have access to education. In the transcript of Wide Angle, we learnt a lot about the barriers of education from many countries like India, Kenya, Romania and Brazil. The problems shown  in the transcript are just some of the examples of the barriers to education. This is not only the problem of one community or one country. Many children all around the world are facing such obstacles in their way of education. Some of them are being successful to overcome those obstacles and some are not. As we read in the transcript, there are lots of reasons why children cannot get proper education. For instance, early marriage, poverty, war, child labor, lack of accessibility, death of parents, bad company and so on.  

In Nepal, not only in the remote areas but also in urban areas such obstacles are restraining children from going school. In remote areas, the main problem is gender discrimination. People often think that there is no use of educating their daughters. While at the same time, parents are sending their sons to get proper education to cities and towns. Another problem in remote areas is lack of high schools with proper education. This also inhibits many children from getting education. On the other hand, in urban areas, where parents are educated enough to send their children for proper education, the number of children completing their higher level is still few. Children often get distracted from many things and leave their studies in the middle. Some of them get involved in bad company and leave studies. Some of them get involved in premarital pregnancy and early marriage without completing their studies.

In addition, the education system in Nepal is also not supportive. Although there are many government schools and boarding schools, the way of educating students is completely different. Most of the government schools have low quality education as compared to boarding schools. The parents who cannot afford the fees of boarding schools are coerced to send their children in government schools.  The Government has many policies to improve the education system and literacy rate, but the policies are not being implemented.

These problems are the barriers to educations in many countries of the world. We are lucky enough to get proper education in such a nice environment. So, we need to think about those children who are not as fortunate as us and take correct step to solve these problems.  

Digya Shrestha

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