Physical vs Digital Resources
By SAM FORD
“Why are physical educational resources donated to third world countries but online educational resources are not? This is an in depth look at how digitally transferring educational assets is more beneficial and efficient than transferring them physically.” – Sam, 14.
We Need Digital Donation!
Throughout time humanity have donated resources to those less fortunate than themselves. These have primarily been things such as food, water, children’s toys, educational resources, etc. However, these resources all have one thing in common. They are all physical objects that are donated. Obviously, food, water and toys would be useless if they were digital, yet digital educational resources would have many incredible benefits!
As a community we used to primarily use physical money like coins or notes but now we have slowly shifted/shifting towards a fully a digital method of payment. This would include things like bank cards, contactless payment and even cheques! Therefore, if this transition has been so easy and beneficial, then why is it taking a longer period for educational resources to convert to a more digital state?
“It’s unbelievable how this alternate method of donation has not been explored further.”
– Sam, Digital Marketing Assistant
There are many problems with donating physical educational resources, especially to third world countries. The resources usually consist mostly of textbooks and they are transported on large ships, however, throughout the their life many of the supplies would become weathered and worn due to the conditions. This would mean although the countries are getting the resources, their overall usage/lifetime would be shortened due to their state. Another disadvantage would be the lack of accessibility. This is because when the resources are originally donated there is a long process before they reach their destination. This could be problematic in situations such as a school needs science books but because most third world schools don’t have a ‘request a textbook’ system in place it may be a long time before they receive the resources, they desire.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
There are many advantages of donating educational resources digitally. If conducted correctly it can be incredibly beneficial for developing countries. The main reason for this is that the resources are instantly accessible as soon as they are donated meaning there is no long donation process and ship ride. Another incredibly beneficial feature is that it costs almost nothing to donate a digital asset, especially when compared to the price of donating physical resources. This implies digital educational resources would be more efficient and cost effective.
In conclusion the world is changing fast, and our methods need to evolve alongside it. Therefore, I believe digital donation of educational resources is the future. Although physical donation is still effective and beneficial to the world, digitally donating presents many amazing opportunities, suggesting it will be the future in educating the next generation marginalised children around the world.