From different media perspectives: children’s education dilemma in South Asia

Universal education and improving global literacy is an essential and influential problem. Fortunately, many official reports have confirmed that the number of children out of school at their primary school age has declines a lot especially after 2000.

However, up to 2012, approximately 58 million children of primary school age (spectacularly between 6 to 11 years old) still could not enroll in the schools and the majority of them are in developing regions. The statistic driving from The Statistics Portal revealed that there were still 12 million children out of school in South Asia in 2011.

South Asia is the second worst place of poor children education, just following sub-Saharan Africa.Due to this,when talking about the children education,  most of the media and public will come up with sub-Saharan Africa rather than South Asia. But, actually, South Asia countries are still confronted with the issue how to expand education opportunities and  how to improve the education quality for children there.

Nepal  is one of the South Asian countries, confronted with this urgent problem. The UNICEF annual report 2013-Nepal indicates the existing gap between the rich children and the poor, between the girls and the boys as well as between the normal people and the disabled.India is another representative South Asia country who also encounters the similar problem.Save the Children also claims that up to 7 million children under14 cannot access to quality education and 50% of all children can hardly finish their elementary education.

In particular, the education dilemma in South Asia is more complex, not only because of the poverty. For instance, both of Nepal and India share the similar background like the child bride, child trafficking, caste discrimination and so on. All of these elements can lead to the children’s absence of schools.

As a result, the following series blogs will surround the children’s education problems in Nepal and India. These blogs will explore how the different media report this issue including official ones, mainstream media in developed countries, the local media as well as some celebrities’ twitters. Furthermore, it is also imperative to discuss both the advantages and disadvantages of those media reflections and then try to conclude how to report the underprivileged children appropriately.


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