As technology started to develop and cities were being built, people moved from rural areas into suburbs and busy cities. This meant that more resources were being dedicated to schools in big cities because more kids were there. This unfortunately left a lot of rural schools without access to the tools that they needed to be successful. This phenomenon is still present today. There are some ways that have proven helpful in increasing education accessibility in rural areas.
- Get Kids to School
In a lot of rural areas, getting kids to go to school is the first hurdle to providing an adequate education. A lot of students end up starting school but dropping out before they complete it. One successful program in Mexico provides families with a cash incentive if their students report to school for 85% of school days.
- Provide Nutrition
Just as access to education is a worldwide problem, so is access to food. Some kids in rural areas are just reporting to school to eat. Free Lunch programs have proved to be successful in encouraging attendance at school and combating hunger in our youngest learners. Unfortunately, some students are still walking for hours to get to school in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Consistent Teachers
In addition to the difficulty of getting students to report to school in rural areas, it is also difficult to find teachers who will provide for these areas. When teachers do not report to a school, it is not good for the students and costs the government money. Some countries have developed programs where individuals evaluate the teacher’s presence at school and have seen some success with these programs.
- Empowering Students
When kids report to schools in rural areas, often there are not enough of them to make up a whole classroom for one grade level. One program in Columbia uses a facilitative approach where the students are in charge of their learning and the teacher can facilitate learning at different levels for the students who are in the classroom. This is a great way to make the most out of the experience for the kids who can come to school and eliminates the need for multiple teachers.