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Challenges of a Multi-Ethnic Society

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Global Times - Singapore increases contribution to IMF

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignment by_Tan Ee Mei | 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.

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Having unlimited access to water shows how fortunate we are and the way we are living. After reading this article, i realised how important water is and start to appreciate the water I drink everday. Not everyone is as fortunate as us to get clean drinking water. Some of them have to travel far distances to get water, and those water are not clean. I am gratedul as i am able to access proper drinking water. I wonder which other countries have no access to drinkable water and if there is a solution to help those people to get clean drinking water i would try.

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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

 

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

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For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

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This article tells me how important education is and how it impacts the young people.Though some people do not need to pay school fees in order to go to school, however, they will have lesser oppotunities in school due to finacial problem. I think that going to school can help us to get good education, thus getting a good job.I wonder if other countries give children a proper education and help them break out of poverty. now in this fast paced life, without education, not many can get a job.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.

 

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The Different Types of Prejudice | eHow

The Different Types of Prejudice | eHow | Poverty Assignment by_Tan Ee Mei | Scoop.it
Prejudice is a preconceived judgment or opinion that is usually based on limited information about a group or groups of people.

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Jasmine Goh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:47 PM

This article describes the different types of prejudice that lead to stereotyping and misjudgments. From this article, I have learnt that prejudice is a preconceived judgment or opinion that is usually based on limited information about a group or groups of people. The most common types of prejudice are those based on race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.
I feel that we should not judge people based on their skin colour or gender as it is unfair and rude to make false comments about them. Everyone should be treated with justice in spite of their race, religion and gender. We all should think twice before making comments or evaluating one's character and personality.
I wonder what good can even come out of making judgments and if there are none, why do people still judge?

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:26 AM

From this article i can infer that there are still many acts of discrimination happening in the world today like racism or gender discrimination. There is also social discrimination happening in schools and even in school places. This does not only happen in our time as in the past many acts of discrimination is practised throught the world.This can be seen as the blacks were socially discriminated in europe centuries due to their skin colour. Women in the past are discriminated as they aren't allowed to study, work or have any form of political power in the past as they are females. Eventhough these acts of discrimanation is actively happening in the past it is also rather saddening that mankind does realise his mistakes and infact still practises discrimmination.For example, in school, some of the students are discrimanted as they fat, ugly and slow in processing knowledge. I sometimes wonder when will people change their and begin accepting these group of people in the society. Thus I believe that we should stop discriminating each other but accept each strength and weakness in order to create a utopian society.

Asha Begum's curator insight, July 6, 5:29 AM

This article talks about the different types of acts of prejudice existing today. Prejudice is judgement people make of others which may not be a truth.

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Challenges of a Multi-Ethnic Society

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Global Times - Singapore increases contribution to IMF

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Unilever to treat Europe like Asia as 'poverty returns'

Unilever to treat Europe like Asia as 'poverty returns' | Poverty Assignment by_Tan Ee Mei | Scoop.it

Jan Zijderveld, head of Unilever's European business said: "If a consumer in Spain only spends €17 when they go shopping, then I'm not going to be able to sell them washing powder for half of their budget."

 


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Michelle Tan Ee Mei's insight:

i can see that there is a woman with a baby sitting outside a store begging for money to feed her child. one main reason of poverty is because of the country economy. from a medium income family to a poor begging family, it is possible. with an increase of population, resources are depleting, thus making prices shoot up which many wont be able to afford.i wonder why the government arent changing how they manage their resources instead of depending on charites and other breadline that help the people in poverty.

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

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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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I think if someone has a mental illness, it’s harder to
work, and that equals poverty. And on the other hand if
someone is dealing with a low paying job, or a stint of
unemployment for any amount of time this can absolutely
cause mental illness.I think most people would prefer to be able function independently than be stuck always waiting for a hand-out from somewhere. I just wish we lived in a society that prioritized everyone’s need to better themselves & their situation.I do think that mental illness can occur as a result of poverty. I do get worried about how you should be considered “disabled” to get benefits.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:13 AM

People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers. Their lives are stressful. They are both witness to and victims of more violence and trauma than those who are reasonably well off, and they are at high risk of poor general health and malnutrition. The converse is also true: When people are mentally ill, they are at increased risk of becoming and/or staying poor. They have higher health costs, difficulty getting and retaining jobs, are less productive at work, and suffer the social stigma and isolation of mental illness. There are different types of interventions undertaken in several low and middle-income places. The authors first looked at programs intended to improve individual or family economic status and monitored changes in measures of mental health including stress and depression in adults, childhood behavior problems, childhood cognitive development, and adolescent self-esteem.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:53 AM

Poverty not only affects the person physically but also mentally as the person will feel more stress with the unknown future, whether they will live or die.  Since their fate cannot be controlled by them, they will have the insecurity and would be more prone to suffer from mental illness. I think that these people should at least be given a chance to earn some money. It is saddening when you see all those people living in poverty lying at the sides of the streets. However, do the people feel this way for them? 

Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:06 AM

This article shows that poverty led to both mantal illnesses and diseases. They have suffer hunger and stress causing both diseases and emotional breakdowns.They lost their family, friends and belongings. I just wonder what can be done to make their lives happy.

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The Big Picture — Poverty and Hunger — Voices of Youth

The Big Picture — Poverty and Hunger — Voices of Youth | Poverty Assignment by_Tan Ee Mei | Scoop.it

The many dimensions of poverty

 

Usually poverty is thought to be lack of income - for example, a person is considered poor if his/her income is less than $1.25 a day. However, poverty is much more than simply the lack of income. Children living in poverty experience a lack of the material, spiritual, and emotional resources they need to survive, develop and thrive. A certain income does not necessarily mean that a household has all it needs to provide what a child needs for a good start in life. That is why it is important to focus on multidimensional child poverty measures that look beyond income and focus on whether children face deprivations to a range of their basic rights such as health, education, information, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation.

When children are deprived of these rights in the first years of their life, it can limit their potential for physical, intellectual and emotional development. In turn, many children grow up without the opportunity to be healthy and educated and to feel safe and confident.


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After reading the article, i felt depressed, because others out there are suffering which we have never been in their shoes before. childrens in poverty that are deprived of common things that they need while growing up makes them very vulnerable to the outside world. the fact that the person earns less than $1.25 is considered poor, how do they survive? are they even able to feed their family? though there are many charites set up to help the poor, there are still many out there that cannot be reach.

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Robert Christian's comment, January 27, 2014 8:29 PM
This tells us that poverty is not just lack of money or the things necessary. Poverty also means that they lack what's neccessary for the child to start a good life. Having less than $1.25 a day is already bad enough and they are facing a lot more problems for them. They should focus on helping them with schools, health and all the things they need to start a new life
Natasha Ho's comment, January 30, 2014 8:42 AM
Comments on Steffi’s insight: I agree with what you have stated. All of us ought to be more appreciative and not compare what we have with others. Everyone comes from a different background and I think that it is very important to be happy with what you have and not envy what others have that we do not possess. Like what you have said, the people living in extreme poverty do not even have basic needs for survival yet we are taking for granted how fortunate we are. To be contented with what we have should be where all of us should head towards. In today’s world, youngsters are becoming more pampered and when they do not get what they want or what others have they would be upset which should not be the case.
Ruby Jackson's curator insight, August 13, 2014 9:03 PM

This is what my dream is working towards: to fight against childhood poverty and prevent the repeated generational cycles,  and also to give the youth a chance at a successful life and to know that their parents situation does not have to become their own!