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Well, education is so called the most important stage of everyone’s life now. Building ones character, attitude starts young. After that when kids starts studying, grades start to come in, parents worry for their kids, whether they can get into a good school, comparing their child’s grades with another. This is because now the unemployment rates are increase and what will we become if we cant get a job? We wont have money to pay the bills not even money to get food for ourselves. However, nowadays, even some graduates cant get jobs. Why? Every boss would want the best for their company. They would see your certificates, grades then see if you have gotten any NYAA awards, if your attitude was good and is still good. All these factors determine what kind of job you’ll get thus nowadays, education starts the minute you’re born or even earlier. Letting you start school earlier, attending tuitions even before you enter primary school, parents nowadays do everything they can to ensure that their child is one of the top few in class, in the school, in the nation. All that they hope is the best for their kids. However, there’s also a group of children who are unable to attend school due to their family’s financial condition that’s why I am really happy to know that actually SRA helps people like them. As a student, I really hope more people will stand out and help those who cant afford to attend school. Cause if we think about it, these are the kids who really will appreciate the opportunity and study hard as they want to improve their living condition. So why don’t we help them while we can?
The Platform / In Aghbalou: The Source of Water, Director Remigiusz Sowa explores the most unlikely and perilous of friendships, water and the desert (#CEP researcher John has been involved with production of Aghbalou: film about water &poverty...
From this article, I learnt that water is something many need but don’t have.
As we all know, water is a essential factor for many things that we do, cooking, farming, bathing and even the most common thing we do quench our thirst. However, everyday, day in day out when we use water, have we ever thought about people who needs them more than us but couldn’t afford it? Water to us, people leaving in the city, in a sense has no meaning to us anymore. Its as if its of course for us to have water that we don’t treasure it anymore. Wasting that few drips of water seemed so normal that we wouldn’t even care to turn off the shower when we are scrubbing our hair or even to turn off the tap when we’re spraying soap to the plates that we’re about to wash. However, have we ever though about where that few drips of water will go to? No. No one even cares about them anymore but the people living in Moroccan Desert do. Everyday they would hope their drought can be improved hence they could start to grow crops as their living again and that they’ll have enough water to survive on. Sometimes I do wonder, how do they survive living with such hot and harsh living conditions when all of us living in the city can’t survive without a fan. However, after reading this article, I really pray for them from my bottom of my heart that their living condition will improve tremendously and that they can have a chance to live in the cities like everybody else.
BANGKOK (TrustLaw) – Women workers in Asia face the risk of “persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation” despite a recovering economy and their huge potential due to prejudice, according to a report by the International Labour Organisation and Asian Development Bank. A large majority of women here are stuck in lower-end, lower-pay jobs in vulnerable, informal and insecure sectors with little social protection and at the lowest rung of the global supply chain, it said. While progress has been made in past decades addressing gender inequalities, “discrimination against women remains pervasive throughout the labour markets of the region,” Women and labour markets in Asia: Rebalancing Gender Equality said. According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is losing $24 billion to $47 billion annually because of women’s limited access to employment opportunities and another $16 billion to $30 billion as a result of gender gaps in education. Also listen to the following radio broadcast on Radio Australia http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/connectasia/stories/201104/s3203663.htm
When can everyone stop being bias to boys than girls?
Even while working, why does males have much higher pays than woman? Espeically in asia, woman are always treated so differently from man. Why is that so? Why is everyone still stereotyping that woman should stay at home and not work. So why are woman still earning lesser than man? Why are woman still the ones suffering more? Why are there more opportunities for man than woman? Is this what we call a fair society? Why is woman always second with man forever leading? Why is everyone stereotyping? Why can’t woman be treated the same way as man? Is there a rule which states not to? No there isn’t so why is everyone bias to man? I wonder if there’s a way to create awareness to tell everyone that actually woman has the same abilities as man and that they could do what man can and should be treated the same way.
Who would have thought that Poverty and Mental health could be linked together.
What cause people to go insane. Have we once thought about that? No unless someone related to us happen to go insane suddenly. However if you give it a thought, actually everyone has a risk of going insane. Everyone has something to worry about. Students worry about their grades, adults worry about the bills and whether their job is stable. However why do they say people who are poor has a much higher chance of getting insane? This is because, they’re all financially tight and can’t afford many things that we can. They worry about where they would be sleeping at everyday and what to do to get food. Those who are poor also usually suffer from malnutrition thus they’ll get weaker day by day, physically and mentally. This will increase their chances of getting insane as they won’t even have the energy nor willpower to continue surviving as a normal person anymore. To me, I wonder, every single day, no matter where we go, we’ll see volunteers asking for donations, but how often will we donate? Worst still, those old folks who sit there with a tin in front of them, they’re not doing that for fun, they’re trying to make a living. They’re all too old to work anymore and even if they could who would employ them? The old folks who are often seen begging on the streets are usually sick too, hunching their backs, selling tissues or even like the old uncle who’s wheelchair bounded that I pass by everyday at the mrt station. Hundred and thousands of people can pass by them everyday but how many will take notice of them and donate? Now come to think of it, I wonder, how long more can they hold before they collapse? Can they even wait till someone lend them a helping hand? My question is, why don’t we help those that we could first before they breakdown and go insane? Would we want more mental hospitals and beggars in our country or more housing estates? Why can’t we lend our helping hand to whoever we can? Is it that hard to donate a few dollars to a old lady or uncle? Just think, we can afford to buy presents for our grandparents, we treat our own grandparents but what about those out there? That are as old and weak as our grandparents? Shouldn’t we spread the love and joy with them too?
Annual food survey shows that households are ditching fresh, healthy foods and 'trading down' to counter rising prices
The UK's poorest households are being disproportionately hit by the impact of soaring food prices, according to new government figures that also show the consumption of every major nutrient has fallen in the last four years.
In order to cut costs since 2007, UK households have bought less bread, lamb, beef, fish, fruit, vegetables, potatoes and alcoholic drinks – but more bacon.
The government's annual Family Food survey, which provides the most detailed annual snapshot of food and drink spending and consumption, found that weekly spending per person on all household food in 2011 was £27.99, an increase of 1.5% on the previous year. But because of price rises, that bought less food - 4.2% less in 2011 than in 2007.
From this article, I can clearly see the connection between Poverty and Food Prices. From this article, I have also learnt not to waste food and to cherish what I have now.
Bacon. Have we ever thought of having that daily for all of our 3 meals? No. Why? This is because most of us are able to afford better food choices thus no one would have thought that bacon which we only see in breakfast and B.L.T burgers was actually becoming someone else’s daily meal.
As the food prices continue to increase, more and more people can’t afford to get the food items, that provide them with nutrition. They can’t even afford the basic necessaries, fruits and vegetables, which is what everyone needs to consume twice a day.
Although it isn’t anyone’s fault causing the food prices to increase but isn’t there any way to help these people? Isn’t doing something to help them better than watching them suffer from malnutrition and die? After knowing about the condition people are living with in the other side of the world, would we still waste food?
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