Published on 2012/03/01

Learning In A Lesser Developed Nation: Some Motivational Considerations

Learning In A Lesser Developed Nation: Some Motivational Considerations
Those who are struggling to eat day-to-day are less concerned with their access to education than those of us who have our basic needs fulfilled. It’s time for learners who have their basic needs fulfilled to take advantage of their situation and advance themselves. Photo by Asim Bijarani.

Sometimes the things that may motivate one person may have absolutely no motivational value to another. I think the things that tend to motivate citizens of more developed nations, many time, are beyond the basic necessities required to live.

The average citizen can access a wealth of information, opportunities, functional infrastructure, goods and services, access to power, education, military, law enforcement, stable governance/ democratic political system, safety, career choices, clean drinking water among many other things that are sometimes taken for granted. Members of developed nations have choices and can exercise these as a normal course of everyday activities. Their ability to aspire for something greater is not marred by trying to address fundamental survival needs. Therefore, there are more avenues to address motivational needs, which may include learning.

Unlike members of more developed nations, many citizens living in a lesser developed nations sometimes lack the fundamental ingredients just to live. As Maslow’s hierarchy of needs outlined, it is difficult for someone to aspire for a higher level need unless the lower level need is first fulfilled.

Given this, motivating members in some lesser developed nations to learn may require more than just an educational intervention. Instead, interventions may need to include those elements that address physical needs, safety, like food, clothing, clean air, and shelter as well as addressing safety and family concerns before learners might be motivated to engage in any kind of learning that indirectly affects their day-to-day living. Inclusive interventions like these can propelled learners toward learning as they feel good about themselves and their abilities and may be more willing to engage in learning activities.

Persistently meeting the four levels of needs may lead to empowerment and eventually self-actualization.

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Readers Comments

WA Anderson 2012/03/01 at 1:46 pm

It’s time for all of us to truly take stock of what’s available to us and take advantage of our opportunities.

As for developing a culture of learning in the developing world: why not integrate schooling with shelter, food and safety? This will take considerable investment from governments, but from the K-12 level we can get children to see the school as a place where they’re safe and happy. That’s how to build a culture of learning in the developing world.

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