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Education in Emerging Nations Faces Unique Challenges, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

In less-developed nations, public education is often very poorly funded and of low quality, particularly in villages and rural areas.  In the most challenging schools in low income regions, books are scarce and teachers have little formal training.  In such regions, wireless networks and internet connections combined with very low-cost laptops and online teaching aids are slowly spreading, making a tremendous difference for students and teachers alike. 
Meanwhile, private, for-pay schools are on the rise around the world, especially in poorer countries.  Millions of school-age children are not in school around the globe, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia.  The United Nations has a goal of getting these children into schools.  Public education in such countries, which is typically free-of-charge, is often of such poor quality that many low-income parents are willing to endure the struggle to pay for private schools.  At the same time, a number of governments are building more public schools but cannot find enough qualified teachers. 
According to the OECD, between one-quarter and one-third of all school children in India attend private schools.  Despite efforts to improve both higher and lower education, India, with more than 1 billion people and a very young median age, remains far below the U.S., Brazil, Russia and China in top ranked universities and college enrollment.  As a result of these issues in emerging nations, one of the top goals for families that rise to the middle class and begin earning discretionary income is to purchase private education for their children.

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