We all know that education is essential for success in our society.  Highly educated people are normally recognized as having superior opportunities with a greater chance for success. Education seems to have been a critical success component. 

At the same time, “uneducated or under educated people” are not as well accepted by others especially when they don’t have high school or university degrees. However today, many successful persons may not have started and ended their education at the classroom.

In the past, education usually meant sitting in a classroom. Students focused on listening to their teachers, taking notes, reading books and doing homework. All student activities were assigned by the teacher and largely lacked creativity. In most case, the library was their only other source of knowledge.

Education today, however, does not start and end at school. A good degree does not guarantee a successful career path. An essential education component is acquiring knowledge from the right resources or media and then transforming that knowledge into the right action, at the right time and right place. This process helps people learn and develop experiences outside the classroom. It can be a non-stop process throughout life. 

Many millionaires today don’t have high level educations because lack of education does not mean “unqualified”.

In Thailand, about hundred thousand children are born in poverty. They must leave school before graduation. When these people enter the labor market, many are unable to achieve good career paths even though they are competent and talented. Because they are under educated, their career paths are limited.

Mass Media’s Crucial Role: Providing of Opportunities to Uneducated People

Media can provide many opportunities for uneducated or under educated people to have a voice and share their poverty experiences with the public, government units or other supporters and contribute to poverty alleviation public platform developments. Media also enhances public awareness by helping promote and create activities or events such as open-forums and seminars that focus on enhancing under-educated quality of life. 

Media provides valuable information channels that can help people acquire knowledge or access useful materials. It also helps the under educated access many knowledge skills outside the classroom. These include business knowledge, understanding the economy, daily living, health, society and environment conservation, that are valuable tools for their successful development.  

Power That Social Media Brings to The World

In the period of new communications, media is innovating and growing rapidly. People all over the world can easily access the internet and social media. Social media can introduce all people; urban and rural, young and old to a whole new world.

Social media also provides potential dynamic opportunities for under educated people. Even though they may be far away in the boondocks, they can be introduced to a whole new world they can benefit from.

Recently in Thailand, media depicted an impoverished under-educated ten year old boy making a living for himself and feeding his own family. Several newspapers, TV news channels and social media talked about the boy. He was a good little boy who left school because of his poor family and became a bike-travelling vegetable salesman. He feeds four family members; including two grandmas and a disabled grandpa. After his story appeared in the media, the family received government support. These benefits came to him because of social media.

Many poverty stories on social media receive massive responses and public assistance. 

Thai Taxi Driver Receives Eight Million Baht Donations Overnight – Power of Social Media

A Thai taxi driver also recently benefits from information widely disseminated on Facebook. Because of the COVID virus lockdown, he only had two hundred baht left in his pocket. In fact, he is a good man who treats others with respect and kindness and also loyal to his family and his friends. After his story was shared on Facebook, he received eight million baht in donations overnight from people throughout the country.  The great power of social media!

Media is a powerful channel that shapes public opinion, develops ideas and creates positive perceptions. With cutting-edge technologies, media can help reduce the number of under educated people living in vulnerable environments. Media can also influence the public and governments to innovate and implement new policies to support the under-educated people.

Media’s Positive Influence Assisting Under-Educated People

Media also enhances healthcare knowledge and quality of living. For example, during the COVID 19 crisis, it specifically informs people on how best to care for themselves and protect the country from the pandemic. Most people in Thailand, including rural citizens are wearing masks and social distancing to protect themselves and others from the virus. The media is continuously updating and publishing  the country’s Covid 19 status and helping under educated people to access local treatment facilities and perhaps saving many lives. Valuable disease mitigation awareness has also been widely communicated to the general public. 

Helping People Fight Fake News – The Dangers of False Information 

False information is often viewed as a critical media problem. The largely spread of misinformation is possible made through social network. Numerous information sources routinely disseminate disinformation or “fake news”. 

Most people make important decisions based on information. So if the information published on media is unoriginal, incorrect or distorted, people will not make the right decisions. Good media must always provide high-quality information and knowledge because public trust is important, correcting fake news and disinformation is another essential media role.

Fake news is harmful to people. It is really dangerous and can make situations worse. Vital messages on social media sites could lead to wrong decisions. Media should help the public combat fake news by carefully examining stories before publishing or sharing. The public should also be careful that if some stories are too good to be true, it could be fake news. 

Media should ensure that everyone, including the educated and under educated, receive up to date accurate information and knowledge. “Just the facts” should be conveyed to the public.