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51 per cent of Pakistanis in Hong Kong live in poverty - South China Morning Post

51 per cent of Pakistanis in Hong Kong live in poverty - South China Morning Post | Poverty Assignment by_Karena Kwong 3F (9) | Scoop.it
51 per cent of Pakistanis in Hong Kong live in poverty
South China Morning Post
Pakistanis such as Iffa are far from alone in feeling poverty's sting in the city.

Via SDP CoP, Joey Tan
Karena Kwong's insight:

I am not taken aback that Pakistanis in Pakistan live in poverty. However it never occurred to me that Pakistanis in Hong Kong live in poverty too possibly because Hong Kong is known to be a country with a high standard of living, and a high rental cost. After reading this article, I further understood the difficulties the Pakistanis had to face when more than half of their people experience poverty. The ideas and information presented allows me to further discover that are cases of people in poverty in Hong Kong(which is a first/second world country)and it is not true that well developed countries will not have people living in poverty. To improve the current poverty in Hong Kong I suggest that the government could extend their help and support by providing and fufiling the needs of the Pakistanis who live in poverty. Also, there could be further assistance for example, assigning a government official to personally visit and talk to the Pakistanis, so that they will know how and what the government can do to help the Pakistanis come out of poverty. I wonder why does the Pakistanis bother to stay in Hong Kong when the standard of living is very high. Is it beacause of religious or birth reasons?  Or any other reasons? If not, why do they not want to return back to Pakistan (where they have a lower standard of living) since they are Pakistanis? Also why are they not seeking assistance when the Hong Kong government could be their way to get out of the poverty line?

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Kaili Tan's comment, January 27, 2014 8:43 PM
I agree with part of your insights The other ethic groups might not be so well taken care of, or given the benefits of what the Chinese receive. Many Pakistanis are facing poverty and this could be due to being unable to afford the living cost in Hong Kong. The government are not assisting them to step out from poverty and it may be because they do not have the ability to support them. This shows that Hong Kong might not be such a suitable place for them. It might not possibly be that the government do not wish to help them but is unable to.
Anisah Izhar's curator insight, January 27, 2014 11:40 PM

The Pakistanis are probably in Hong Kong to have a better living but this sure shows that living in Hong Kong does not do any better. So many other ethnic groups are facing financial problems. What is the government doing? If they are nice enough to let them in, how about pay more attention and offer more help? This shows that poverty is everywhere. Even in first and second world countries. I think that the government should at least make an effort to provide more jobs for these living in poverty. Already 51% of the Pakistanis are living in poverty. How about the rest? How about the chinese living there? Is the government even doing anything about this issue?

Daryl Koh's comment, January 29, 2014 7:11 AM
Although the Pakistanis in Hong Kong have a better life after shifting there, everything is so much easier, it still does show signs of poverty and the less fortunate. I didn't think that in Hong Kong there would be poor people as i always thought that Hong Kong was a country with quality standards of living. Water, electricity, transportation are all seen almost everywhere. But, even with these improvements made, it still itches me that why didn't the government help to solve poverty in Hong Kong first rather than building more buildings, investing in foreign stocks and so on. So, i believe that the government did not take into consideration of the welfare of the people of Hong Kong. This should be made priority before the government decided to do something else. Quote, "Compared with the 25 per cent of poor children in the general population, 32 per cent of ethnic minority children are poor. And among poor ethnic minority families, more than 60 per cent had at least one member in full-time work, while only 41 per cent among the poor within the general population had jobs." These statistics speak well for themselves. This shows that even though people are employed, they are still not enough to sustain their basic lives and necessities. So, all i want to say is that the government should think of the countries well being first before venturing into anything else. That way, the poverty rate in Hong Kong can be reduced.
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MasterCard And World Food Programme Team Up To Deliver “Digital Food”

MasterCard And World Food Programme Team Up To Deliver “Digital Food” | Poverty Assignment by_Karena Kwong 3F (9) | Scoop.it
MasterCard and WFP have announced a global partnership that will use digital innovation to help people around the world break the cycle of hunger and poverty. This game-changing partnership will combine MasterCard’s expertise in electronic payment systems with WFP’s global reach among the world’s hungry.
Karena Kwong's insight:

Many know about the degree of poverty around the world and how many out there are not being able to meet their basic needs. I am aware that there are many agencies trying to extend help and support, by advertisements, word of mouth, donation etc. The ideas and information presented in the article serves as additional knowledge, a more in-depth information about the various means(promoting digital food, donations through online platforms and to raise awareness of the World Food Programme) of what agencies are doing now to further reach out to the needy. These are made possible due to the continuous development of technology. Therefore agencies are offering a more convenient way to help those in need. I wonder what could be a more effective way to bring out the message to help those in need. Possibly getting famous online personalities(bloggers) to be ambassadors to urge people to help the needy, or simple provide education to the needy through online platforms. As the saying goes" Education is the key to get out of poverty". However, I wonder whether people has the heart and passion to help the needy, or whether the needy themselves are willing and have the determination to receive education and whether there are enough resources provided to help one come out of the poverty line.

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The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education

The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education | Poverty Assignment by_Karena Kwong 3F (9) | Scoop.it

The authors ask, "So why do presumably well-intentioned policy makers ignore, or deny, the correlations of family background and student achievement?"

 

Helen F. Ladd is a professor of public policy and economics at Duke. Edward B. Fiske, a former education editor of The New York Times, is the author of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges.”


Via Terry Calhoun
Karena Kwong's insight:

I did not know about the huge impact poverty can cause in a child's education. Before reading this article, I always believed that education is capable of bringing one out of poverty. I guess I was wrong. Education have the power to bring one out of poverty, but can also cause a child to not perform well in class due to the mental and emotional impact caused by poverty. The research and reports in this article further make me realise that there are negative consequences when a child suffering in poverty receives education. I thought of ideas for example to give counseling or motivational talks to children suffering in poverty, so that it can inspire them to think of life in a whole new perspective. Also, there could be additional support given by teachers (one to one teaching) so that the children can perform better despite their family background. The main objective is so that they can overcome their emotional and metal barrier. The challenges I faced is whether the help given by teachers or counselors are sufficient or whether a change is needed to improve on the education system (especially in America) so that every child has the same expectation and achievement they are to meet.

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May's curator insight, January 20, 2014 8:10 AM

From this article, I learnt that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school, on average, than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. I had no knowledge of that before reading this. I thought that doing well or not depends on you and whether you study well. But then your lifestyle will surely affects on your studies as in your study environment can affect you when you study. I had actually thought of this possibility before, that one cannot study well in a good environment if one’s house is always full of worry over making both ends meet and concerning over how to survive the next day and your parents are always in a bad mood, how can you still study in this situation and do well in school?

May's curator insight, January 20, 2014 8:10 AM

From this article, I learnt that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school, on average, than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. I had no knowledge of that before reading this. I thought that doing well or not depends on you and whether you study well. But then your lifestyle will surely affects on your studies as in your study environment can affect you when you study. I had actually thought of this possibility before, that one cannot study well in a good environment if one’s house is always full of worry over making both ends meet and concerning over how to survive the next day and your parents are always in a bad mood, how can you still study in this situation and do well in school?

Zhiyang Liang's comment, January 28, 2014 10:42 AM
This article confirms what I thought before with a series of scientific data. May, I believe with your point the lifestyle of students from disadvantaged households is quite mess and will surely affect their studies. Although a poor child is aided financially by a charity to school, it is still quite hard for him to catch up. They actually have to spend a lot of time helping their families instead of study. And also their families are not have extra money for them to study at their early age and thus their foundations may be weaker than other students. And these will probably decrease their self-esteem and make them lack of interest in studies resulting in performing bad at school. If we want to give hands to those poor children, is not just to help them pay schools. How to help the poor effectively is a great learning which still needs people to find and explore.