Critical Thinking

Poverty exists today is due to the lack

 

Poverty is a shared social issue that has troubled the world
for many years. It can be seen in the poorest community in a city or throughout
an entire country. Although some would think that poverty is in the hands of
individuals, we must look at the big picture and see there are plenty of people
who are struggling where it’s out of their control. Solutions are feasible and poverty
can end if we work together worldwide.

 

One of the main reasons why poverty still exists today is due
to the lack of education. 759 million adults are illiterate in today’s world.1 These adults lack skills
they should’ve learned through schooling. They are at a disadvantage when in
comes to jobs as they cannot compete with others. This leaves them in poor
living conditions where they don’t know how to improve them. A
lack of education becomes the cause of one generation’s poverty and will cycle
on throughout the generations to come. Children are also affected by a
lack of education. More than 72
million children of school age are not in school.2 This is
mainly due to inequality and marginalization. Many children do not have access
to a basic education because of inequalities such as their sex, health, and
cultural identity. There are also children who end up dropping out from schools
and abandoning their education in order to work and support their family. Without
education, children are deprived from intellectual growth and socialization. It
also damages their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual development. Although
we can say education is free in most countries, there are plenty who barely
have an education system in place. There are many people who are mainly
children that want to learn and become educated but simply cannot and that’s
something the world should work together on. 

 

Another reason why poverty exists is due to inequalities.
Women and children are found at the bottom of an already bad situation. Males
dominate in societies of developing countries as they are the ones making the
money. Although women work just as hard but at home doing house work and
watching the children, they don’t get the rights they deserve. This inequality
also carries over to children. Many cultures have traditions where boys get
special privileges and treatment. Girls are destined to work at home, while
boys get to receive an education. Girls are sometimes pulled out of school to
earn money while their brother remains in school. These girls desperately want
to better themselves through education and could make a true difference in the
world, but are shoved aside. Although many developing countries are reducing
inequality between girls and boys in education, a lot of effort is still needed.

 

Lastly, poverty exists due to the lack of resources. One of
these resources is water. Currently, 29 percent of the global population don’t
have access to clean or enough water.3 This is
due to things like climate change, contaminated water
sources, irrigation and cholera, typhoid and other diseases in water. Another
resource people lack is food. Over 800 million people go to sleep at night on an
empty stomach.4
Without proper nutrition, many people cannot live a healthy and active life.
This is especially concerning considering we have advance technology to supply
safe water and have enough food to adequately feed everyone in the world. Finally,
and one of the most important is that people cannot afford vaccines. Preventable
diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a
year who cannot afford proper treatment.5
Unnecessary deaths are occurring to innocent children who don’t know any
better. Even
though there have been economic incentives that have helped contribute
resources to those in poverty, it isn’t at a big enough scale.

 

Although
this isn’t a complete list of how poverty is in such a poor state, it shows
that work needs to be done. This work cannot be done by one individual but the
works of a whole. When governments and the international community work toward a
common goal, greatness can be achieved. Poverty is easily preventable if we break the cycle. We must target the
lack of education, the lack of resources, and the inequality gap, in order for poverty
to be one step closer to full eradication. If I were the government in
power, I would first help out the poverty in Canada. According to UNICEF’s
Report Card 13, Canada is one of the wealthiest
countries in the world but also one with the most unequal societies for
children and youth, ranking 26th of 35 nations.6 I
would make poverty especially children living in poverty, more announced in the
public eye. These children will become the future and if they cannot get a good
start now, our future is dimmed. I would also make an official definition of
poverty that the rest of Canada must follow. This definition should be paired
with minimum measures that all provinces and territories should follow. I would
lastly want to help focus on helping other countries to form an education
system. Education is the backbone to having a developed society. We need to
bring a standard to all countries worldwide to give everyone and equally fair
shot to a successful job and family. Although
there are some people who can help themselves out of poverty, the majority of
people in poverty cannot. We must brush past our differences with those who
seem capable enough to function in society and helps those who cannot say the
same.

1 Right to Education: Situation around the world.
(n.d.). Retrieved December 31, 2017.

2 Why Poverty Exists and What We Can Do About It. (2017,
November 30). Retrieved December 31, 2017.

3
Water supply, sanitation and hygiene monitoring.
(n.d.). Retrieved December 31, 2017.

4
Zero Hunger. (n.d.). Retrieved December 31, 2017.

5
11 Facts About Global Poverty. (n.d.). Retrieved
December 31, 2017.

6
UNICEF REPORT CARD 13: Fairness for Children.
(n.d.). Retrieved December 31, 2017.