LATAM: How investment in education could become valuable in the region this year
Education comes in many forms, and in the near future there will undoubtedly be many more that come into being. Traditionally, the foundations of education are teaching and learning, and is a mutually beneficial experience. However, during the course of the pandemic, tradition has, in some ways, been thrown out of the window. If we look deeper into this idea, the digital age seems to be a pathway for development, and also investment. Education online has been around for a while now, yet there is always room for more advanced activity as seen over the last year when institutions worldwide were closed for extended periods of time.
With regards to investment in education, it is important to mention that when using digital media and technology in general, incurring costs is inevitable, yet, they do not have to be seen as a negative. Instead, they can be remoulded into positive investments with equally positive returns. In today’s article, we will break down this form of investment into three categories, connectivity, digital education, and online courses, as, if you are looking to diversify your portfolio with educational assets, investments for the future appear to outweigh other short-term gains.
Latin America is one region of the globe where the ideas mentioned above seem most applicable, down to the rapid development in the technological sector already taking place. Argentina is now one of the largest exporters of computer services in the world, and it is no coincidence that a region with increased stability of internet and foreign investment has propelled itself onto the global stage. The ideas we will outline below could be the key to future development with regards to digital educational investment in the region, and perhaps persuade you to look further into your options.
In a region where the percentage of people with internet access stands at 58% of the population, it is clear that there is a need for greater investment and improvement. You may be wondering; how can this relate the education? And simply, connectivity provides opportunity, and without it, education starts and ends in the institution where it takes place. While this may have been able to go unnoticed in the past, the COVID-19 pandemic unearthed fundamental issues with regards to accessibility across the globe with both education and internet as face-to-face contact came to a temporary halt. Investment in better internet links across Latin America creates a stronger foundation for the education system, allowing for gradual improvements in connectivity, not just enhancing the quality of education received, but also opening education up to more isolated communities.
In the previous point, we touched upon the possibility of the population being educated better through investment in increased internet connectivity. Specifically, digital education is the use of digital media during both teaching and learning, and if you are involved in the technology sector, developments in innovative new educational programs presents as a large opportunity in the region. The pandemic has raised the projections for the ‘edtech’ sector for 2025 by USD$63 billion, a staggering correction from which it is worth looking to find out where this money is going to come from. Artificial Intelligence indicates potential in this market space, as navigation of resources is simplified by technology companies specialising in AI who are willing to invest in the future of education, it is inevitable the projections for revenue will increase, hinting at positive returns for those who made the investments as well.
While we have mentioned the specific investments that are available for those of you involved in the technology sector, there are other options out there. If you are a business owner of any kind, investment in digital education for your employees is the form of online courses presents a new perspective, social educational investment. This is to say that, by making educational investments in people as opposed to technology for the purpose of generating returns, has the potential to not only diversify activity within businesses, but also provide access to new educational outlets for the good of the corporation as a whole. To bring in a real-world example, in the United States, if a company invests USD$1,500 per year on educational resources of this type, on average, profit margins increased by around 24% according to ‘ProProfs’. If you are interested now, should this figure be applied in Latin America where investment in education is not as evident, the returns could be even greater.
So, if you are interested in finding out more with regards to your options for investment in education, contact us today! At Creimerman, our team of global citizens relish in assisting our clients with their business ventures all over the world, and we would love to make you the next.