Improving The Accessibility Of Education For Rural Based Youths

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Furthermore, new digital technologies have transformed geographical boundaries and thus how young people engage with youth cultures. The reality of the present late modernity is that young people tend to hang out less and less in the physical sense and that communication and intimate relationships are being conducted online in artificially constructed global communities. However, new information technologies allow young people to overcome geographical limitations by allowing them to relate to others on the basis of similar, specific interests rather than on a basis of location and ease of access. An example of this is the use of new information technologies to enhance the accessibility of education for rural based youths. Education programs such as Distance Education aim to breach geographical boundaries so that that young people have access to the quality of education that is usually confined to urban areas. Furthermore, there is an increasing globalisation and global awareness of young adults today such that “New media technologies offer new possibilities for transnational connectedness and dialogue” (Buckingham, Bragg, & Kehily, 2015). This allows the internet to function as a sub-cultural space “freed from the socio-economic and cultural constraints of their daily lives, young people are at liberty to form new alliances grounded in trans-locally communicated youth cultural discourses” (Bennett, 2004). However, despite this creation of a global youth culture, their

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