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Incredible Journey of Arun Chavan: From Sugata Mitra’s ‘The Hole in the Wall’ to Yale University

Incredible Journey of Arun Chavan: From Sugata Mitra’s ‘The Hole in the Wall’ to Yale University | Poverty Assignment by_Emily | Scoop.it
23-year-old Arun Chavan, who is pursuing PhD in Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, learnt surfing computer by himself as a child from Sugata Mitra’s ‘The Hole in the Wall’ project

Via Amanda Simmons
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From this article I can see that providing people with resources for learning and allowing them to know and learn about the wider world through their own accord with the proper tools will lead to self-improvement through inspiration. I think that the 'Hole in the Wall' program mentioned in the article is really good and have a large potential for success as shown in this article. I wonder if this kind of success story is common for the children who used to participate in it by playing with the computers, it is easy to see that success is something that can be obtained by anyone as long as they have the proper tools however it may not be the case for all.

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» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment by_Emily | Scoop.it
There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,
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It connects to what I already know about how poverty can deteriorate ones mental health due to stress and unhappiness. The concept and big idea of this article is that good mental health plays a part in improving ones financial circumstances instead of vice versa. It changes the attitude that throwing money at someone will improve their livelihood but instead showing us that with mental healthcare provided they can make their own money and get out of poverty by themselves.  However, I would like to challenge that whilst mental health plays a large part in recovering and getting out of poverty, it does not really solve everything as mental healthcare is expensive and there are people that welfare groups may not be able to reach out to and also there is probably other reasons apart from mental illness that may cause people to be unable to crawl of of poverty such as placing surival first instead of development.

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Joycelyn ت✡'s curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:02 AM

The picture depicts the poor sleeping on the pavement. Living in poverty allows one to face many challenges and difficulties in life. The article tells us the interconnection between poverty and mental illness. Living in poverty for a long period of time can cause health and mental issues too. You will stress out and worry about many problems regarding the lack of money, and not eating enough nutritional food which cost more than processed food. Mental health intervention programs are setup to alleviate people’s difficulties and improve their mental state. We should support these programs and help others to recover from poverty and mental illness by giving our support. The government should also do their part to look after the citizens and prevent poverty.

crystal chin jing's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:16 AM

Healthcare is one such essential need a government provides for its citizen. Health care is a public good which governments have to provide for the people, given the limited resources and competing need of the country. However in less developed countries, people do not have adequate basic health care facilities. One example is India, where diarrheal disease, lower respiratory infection, neonatal disorder, measles, HIV and tetanus are common. Even though the government tries to improve the situation, there are still insufficient doctors, nurses, clinic and medicine to meet the need of the people. I feel sympathizes for the people in India. Many lives were taken away due to insufficient healthcare facilities. I am concerned about the feeling of the people when their loves one was grievously taken away.  I feel very fortunate and lucky to live in Singapore where the government is better able to provide good quality health care for the citizen. 

Hui Yu Leong's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:18 AM

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After reading this article, I'm shocked to find out that poverty has such a great impact on mental illness.When people become jobless or fall ill and recieve government grants, they become stressed about money and the fact that even the social workers and others often encourage a person to remain “disabled” or in poverty to continue receiving the full benefitsof being jobless and feeding of the government's money.The financial programs also often discourage work or even looking for work, and punish the jobless financially because as soon as they  find work as the government grant will be cut off suddenly, leaving them with very little money and low income in most cases contributing to more people getting mental illnesses such as depression as the cannot handle stressful thought of not having money to support themselves. In this propective, I feel that the government is not thinking enough about it's people and that they should have a 'weaning' period for the people who were previously financially assistaed which may motivate more people to find jobs as thier income would not be cut off suddenly. This shows us the huge impact poverty has on mental health.

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training | Poverty Assignment by_Emily | Scoop.it
For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

Via Laurent J.V. Dubois
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This article talks about how expensive a college educaton that is required for a good job is. Even if a person has a lot of potential they will not be able to reach it due to a lack of guidance and financial disadvantages. It tells us the figures for people who dropped out due to not being able to afford it and thus causing an endless cycle of poverty due to lack of education and opportunites but it mentions a nonprofit association that help those students to reach their full capabilities. It makes me think about the number of people who do not even have a basic education much less college and how important education is in breaking the cycle of poverty. I wonder if there is a way to also make sure that everyone gets a least a basic education in order to be able to develope themselves.

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Jueniewann SpotOn Sniper's curator insight, February 4, 2013 6:07 AM

well through this article, people have been educated. they might have been taught of the problem of poverty. thus they might be able to play a role in helping the problem. another thing is that through education, they are able to find jobs more easily. they will also be able to feed their own family. so the more people get jobs, the lesser people will turn to poverty. thus through education, the problem of poverty might just be lessen down!

Merci Goh's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:10 AM

Using the See Think Wonder routine. From this Acticle I can see the Education is link to Poverty. Without Education we will not have the knowledge and without education knowledge we will not have jobs to help us earn money to make a living. People who does not have educations will not have jobs and will not have earning which leads to poverty. Families without Education will not be able to take care of thier children and they will get sick and may lead to death. I wonder why people don't feel thankful for having education, other people who wants education does not even get to have.

Mina Macy Markovic's curator insight, February 24, 2014 5:12 PM

In today's world, a college degree is something that is very important to have in order to have an good and stabled employment. The challenge for the people in poverty is the high expenses for college. This is increasingly beyond the reach for millions of youths and their families in not just to people who are in poverty but to even families who are in middle class economically. I think that this article is interesting as it tells us the problem with the educational system in our current generation, and also telling us the good solution to giving students from a low income family a chance to prove their worth and have a bright future. All this could start in high school by preparing them the best they can in order for the students to attend college. 

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Government Ministers are in Denial About Food Poverty

Government Ministers are in Denial About Food Poverty | Poverty Assignment by_Emily | Scoop.it
I talked to a constituent who had a stroke and is on benefit. After paying all his bills, he's left with just £12 a week - less than £2 a day - to spend on food.

Via britishroses
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The article tells us about how the government is managing the food poverty poorly. Many families have to go to foodbanks to get food during holidays like Christmas and such. I think it is terrible that people cannot even afford food for festive occasions and even basic things like rents due to rising food prices and low pay. I feel that we should learn to understand what the poor are going through before suggesting policies and reforms. I wonder if there is a way to reduce food prices that is both beneficial to the consumers and sellers. 

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Tricia Chng's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:48 PM

It is sad to hear that that low income families have to rely on foodbanks  during seasons like Christmas distributed by charity. If it is not for the help of the charity, they will need to eat less as they cannot afford for more food. I think that the government is not responsible as they denies that the problem have nothing to do with them. Not only they shrink the responsible to others, they even came out with more proposals like squeezing the incomes of low-paid working families, the sick, disabled and unemployed.

Cynthia Chia's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:20 AM

We need food for survival. That is how important food is. While many are busy heavily feasting on Christmas and New Year's snacks, there are still thousands of people who simply cannot afford to eat. I have never heard of the term "foodbank" till today. Neither did I know that so many people rely on those banks for food or that those foodbanks are mainly run by charities. It bothers me how unmindful the government is towards food poverty, pushing the blame to supermarkets for the rising prices of food, when charities are trying their best to ease the food poverty situation with money out of their own pocket. This goes to show how self-centered people are nowadays. To care only about what happens to you and not others. The reality of the government policies and food poverty situation is just appaling. I wonder how much longer can the government deny this food poverty issue. It worries me, how this country would survive when such an irresponsible government is leading it. Aside that, I applaud all those volunteers for being humane people are doing the right thing. 

Shameerza's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:35 AM

Using see-think-wonder, i can see from what i've read from the article, the goverment isnt doing a good job in feeding their nations needs. It's sad to see that the poor families have to rely on foodbanks for food cause they can't afford to buy. Its also sad to hear that they have to depend on foodbanks during Christmas and yet they give these people little food, it's suppose to be festive and giving isn't it? It's really sad to think that the families have to eat less to equally distrubute among themselves. I think that the government should be more giving and not selfish. I wonder why can't the government give more food to these poor families, especially those with bigger families.

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China’s Xi Jinping Faces Problem of Rural Poverty

China’s Xi Jinping Faces Problem of Rural Poverty | Poverty Assignment by_Emily | Scoop.it
Xi Jinping’s visit to a particularly poverty-stricken village in north China brought it attention and help, but also threw into relief the vast scale of the challenge.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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The people in the village were probably overjoyed by the presence of their country's new leader in their village showcasing and also spreading awareness about the condition of their village which prompted many people to give things to the village generously. The people believe that this is a silver lining to their grinding poverty even is it was just for show despite the ominious suggestion that residents clear out so the area so it can be developed as an eco-tourist destination. The people are concerned with their survival and the generous gifts.

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignment by_Emily | Scoop.it
Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education.

Via Sylvain Rotillon, Au Yeong Sok Mun
Emily Lau's insight:

I already know that clean water is not easily accessible in many third-world countries and that the search and retriving of water can interfere with other things like education and work, with them focusing on survival instead of improving their living conditions, and also how much easily accessible and clean water can improve lives as one has the time to go to school and work and grow their own crops. The concept of improving living standards and lives by focusing on water availabilty and sanitization first and that how clean water can reduce diseases. The women who go out to collect water will also have more time to go to work and school to improve themselves, so this article gives us the concept that with clean and easily accessible water the lives of many in poverty will improve.It changes the attitude that the first step to eradicating poverty is good health and education as it connects both back to access to clean water showing that it should be the priority. However, it is really expensive to got clean water for such a large amount of the people in poverty so how would they go about doing it? 

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Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:07 AM
From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water. 
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:11 AM

From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water.

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:04 AM

After seeing the article, we should realise how fortunate we are when we have a tap with an unlimited supply of water thanks to our goverment, while we look at these people. They travel miles to get water and some even drink dirty water, this shows us that help must be given to these people as they are suffering although they actually can have clean water, its just that we are not acting to help them. Will the world help them, or would they just simply say ''its not my problem'' , this will depend of you, people could be saved if you just take it to concern and help out