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Failing before school: the gap between children in high and low income families has led to a dangerous disadvantage with those in poorer families more likely to suffer from serious social and emoti...

Failing before school: the gap between children in high and low income families has led to a dangerous disadvantage with those in poorer families more likely to suffer from serious social and emoti... | Poverty Assignment by_Xu Yansheng | Scoop.it

The clear links between early child development and later adult outcomes do not bode well for children of the poorest families, who, as new research has shown, are much more likely to exhibit clinically relevant social and emotional problems than their wealthier peers, writes Yvonne Kelly.


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OfAmericanchildren with the highesttest scoresineighthgrade, only 29% of those fromlow-incomefamilies ended upgoing tocollege, comparedwith 74% of those from high-incomefamilies.Children from higher-incomefamiliesenjoy an advantageincompeting for the top slots.Young people with highest-income families seem happier with life overall and middle income kids feel the most financialpressure.

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Wu Weiyang's curator insight, February 3, 2013 3:52 AM

Children from low-income backgrounds are raised in environments that fail to promote their social and health development adequately and, as a result, they are more likely to begin school with deficits in their learning ability and social behaviour. While higher-income families interact more positively with their children when they are very young, show greater sensitivity to their needs, are less intrusive and provide more cognitive stimulation. These types of behaviours are then strongly related to children’s performance at the time of entry to school, and works.

Wei Quan's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:30 AM

From what I can see from the article poverty has cause education to be
unfair. This has also affected their social health to as the poorer children had to cope with peer pressure too.
I think that this is happening not only in a country but all including Singapore and could not be solve so easily. This problem will turn out to be even bigger if we do not try to contain it properly.
After i have read the article, I had been wondering why is this happening more and more when technology advances.

Brandon Gopilan's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:57 AM

I have seen and read about the poverty that rules the people , it is not discriminating at all, be it child or adult. But the children, from what I can see, they do not even go to school due to the poverty that they are forced to live with. After reading this article, I have seen that even in education, poverty still follows the children and bring them down in their studies. And I have ;earned that for the minds of the 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds, they need a conducive learning environment and such, or else they won't develop. From this article, I have 2 questions in mind. First being "How much endurance can these people take in their impoverished states?" and "Do people ,when educated, rise from poverty?"

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UNICEF - Millennium Development Goals

UNICEF - Millennium Development Goals | Poverty Assignment by_Xu Yansheng | Scoop.it

Reducing poverty starts with children.

Poverty hits children hardest. While a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human, it is most threatening to children’s rights: survival, health and nutrition, education, participation, and protection from harm and exploitation. It creates an environment that is damaging to children’s development in every way – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Some regions of the world have more dire situations than others, but even within one country there can be broad disparities – between city and rural children, for example, or between boys and girls. An influx or tourism in one area may improve a country’s poverty statistics overall, while the majority remains poor and disenfranchised.


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From the picture, i see a child is wearing a jacket, hugging his own knees with Innocent eyes.There are lots of poor places while families are living in the streets, while poor children are abandoned to their own fates. Everyone has the right to help the poor, every child should deserve a help like food needed, clean water or good health care.  If the whole world knows about this, would they think of ways to help them or just sit back and watch. I wonder that what should the government do to help them.

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Ryan Ho's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:52 AM

  There are so many other articles out on the internet talking about poverty. I chose this one as i feel poverty affects the children the most. For example, children living in the Khewa district of Afghanistan (formerly Taliban controlled).From my knowledge the girls were not allowed to have an education and the boys only received religious education. Such things will affect them in the future like not being able to get a job, thus going into poverty. Luckily UNICEF works with the government on developing broad national planning frameworks like Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and Sector-wide Approaches to Programming (SWAPs) by doing legislative reforms.

Le Hong Phuc's curator insight, January 18, 2014 8:56 AM

Seeing a picture of a young boy in his old stained sweater, holding his hands tightly inside the sleeve sitting on the rooftop. He is surely a poor child, I told myself. His eyes speak out, he seems like not having enough warmth or food to fill up his stomach that has been empty since when! The background of houses, steel roofs, substandard walls and paint work, it’s a poor neighbourhood.

I have seen worse, young children living beneath the bridge, or those as young as primary 2 students walking along the streets selling chewing gums and tissue paper for a live. I have seen some sleep by the roads, despite the cold weather and the nonstop flow of noisy transportation. As children, they do not deserve that. They have the right to survive, the right to access healthcare, education, have the right to participate in any activities for their age, and the right to be protected. Looking at them I see a paradoxical image of me. From the bottom of my heart I ask myself what justice has been done, that leaves those children suffer? Global organizations have set up the rights for children, but I do not see those rights being carried out, or at least at some area.

UNICEF, is a global organization working on helping children, they step in. By creating countless plans and frameworks, they are striving to give the poor children a better life. Yes providing food, necessities, amenities, water, sanitation, healthcare, housing, and last but not least, education. UNICEF also has raised awareness around the world, and helped effect policies for children’s well-being.

Leong Lwl's curator insight, January 25, 2014 1:18 AM

After reading this article,i find that actually poverty is a very dangerous "illness" because if this happen to children , it may cause all these : a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human, it is most threatening to children’s rights: survival, health and nutrition, education, participation, and protection from harm and exploitation. It creates an environment that is damaging to children’s development in every way – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

i hope that it will get better and people in the poverty able to get out from it .

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Poverty and Water in Africa

Poverty and Water in Africa | Poverty Assignment by_Xu Yansheng | Scoop.it
Learn how poverty relief in Africa begins with access to clean water. Discover how water can help end poverty and hunger.

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The instability of impoverished and water-stressed countries has ignited a swath of violence across the of Africa. I feel very fortunate to be able to gain access to safe water and sanitation. The people in Africa is less fortunate because they live in places that are short of water. They are more vulnerable to diseases and illnesses.we should cherish our living conditions.In daily life, we should practice thrift, cultivate socialre sponsibility, we now have all the treasure.  I realize that there are a lot of people facing this problem . Is it natural disaster? Is the government doing enough to eradicate poverty?

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:13 AM

Water is essential for life. Safe, abundant water is vital to our ability to prosper and fulfilled our potential. Without it, we face a continual decline in our well-being. No access to clean water, and almost no access to clean sanitation, causing widespread suffering from malaria, typhoid, dysentery and many other diseases.  These illness not only stop people working, going to school and causing pain but they kill many more young children before the age of 5 than happens in the developed world. They also kill people younger so children are left without parents and people in work die off leaving projects unfinished, and expertise gaps.  Apart from this effect upon our health, the loss of productivity that results from water-related illnesses holds back our progress. Population is growing rapidly each year, but the lack of safe water and sanitation reduces our economic growth at twice that rate. And a growing population must be properly fed. We need to increase our water production by half. How will we achieve this without reducing the amount and quality of the remaining water resources which we will need for drinking and sanitation? Clearly, the provision of sustainable, clean water for our people should be high priority. Sustainable supplies of water, its better management and protection are the key to this success - just as increased agricultural productivity holds the key to spreading prosperity and our other development goals.

Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 2014 12:12 PM
Water is the most essential and basic need for anyone or any countries. In Africa, there is an extremely limited sources of water. This makes the lives of people there more and more difficult. Besides, there are already many problems have appeared in Africa, the government has not taken any measures to solve them. In other words, the solutions may not be very efficient. To reduce poverty in Africa, the government as well as the whole society must think of solutions to help. For example, water can be transported from other countries to Africa. Although it will be costing a great amount of money, it is necessary. Charities can be set up, however, to prevent corruption, things for daily use or supplies can be collected instead of money.
Cappy's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:24 PM

Poverty may be a result of many man made causes, but one of the greatest causes of poverty is also the most overlooked, which is the lack of access to clean water. Lack of water is often an obstacle in helping oneself. You can’t grow food, built house, stay healthy, and children would have no time for school. People spend couple hours a day to find and transport any water they can find whether it’s clean or not. Their containers can weigh up to a lot, and they need to carry it almost more than three hours everyday. It is estimated that the Sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40 billion hours per year collecting water. These people don’t have enough time to do anything else because they lose about 3 hours each day collecting water. The Water Project is trying to help by providing clean water, using money from donations they will create wells.


I realised that children in dry regions of Africa are using most of their time to find and transport water. This left them with less time for their education and other activities. Poverty is also the result of people lacking time to develop their wealth. When clean water is provided, people’s health improved, and hunger will be reduced because water is provided for the crops. The article tells me that it is possible to break Africa’s poverty cycle by providing access to clean water.


I realised how much Africa’s climate can affect people’s way of life, and how much it changed their life. I do agree that we should provide the people access to clean water to reduce their time on getting water and to let them use their time on something else. Most of the water people found were dirty and uncleaned, which result in infected residents from waterborne diseases. I think that providing clean water to these people is the best way to cure poverty.


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Rising living costs exposing more families to poverty, report finds

Rising living costs exposing more families to poverty, report finds | Poverty Assignment by_Xu Yansheng | Scoop.it
LIVING costs for some Australian households have far outpaced CPI figures over the past six years, exposing more people to the risk of poverty, a new report says.

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I think one of the reasons for poverty is there is unemployment going on and salary is too low. Living costs includes essentials like food, health, education, housing and daily neccessities are rise. People do not have enough money to pay for their basic needs. I wonder if government have introduced incentives to to ensuresocialstability such as create more jobs and control the prices.

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Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:57 AM

I see that one of the reasons of poverty is because of unemployment going on and also the salary being too low that is not enough for the people's spendage of their basic needs and daily neccessities. I wonder if government have introduce new industries to secure jobs and also to lessen the unemplyment rate .

Roshini Sykes's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:44 AM

the costs for the substantial needs of daily necessacities have been increasing rapidly which is causing poverty to many families. they have been having a lack of a few things that were once affordable and now expensive.by increasing the price of everything like this there is also going to be a loss in the market as many families are unable to afford the high cost. 

Lynn Keok's curator insight, January 17, 2014 4:10 AM

Prices of essential items are rising and low income families are struggling to make ends meet, leaving themselves with no savings. Even though the government is trying to help the situation by offering alternative payment options and reviewing taxation and concessions, will this be enough to eliminate poverty in that country? I wonder how the people who control the prices would react when they hear about the people who are barely making ends meet, and what will they do about it?

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Queen's counsel: Malawi must improve survival rates among newborn children

Queen's counsel: Malawi must improve survival rates among newborn children | Poverty Assignment by_Xu Yansheng | Scoop.it

Alex Duval Smith: Queen Dube, one of eight paediatricians in Malawi, says high newborn death rates could undermine progress on child mortality...

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Poverty means also a lack of education, poor health services.Today most of the deaths are in countries with poor health care. we found poor children in remote area or rural areas who have the same thing. The parents can hardly afford money to sendthe kids to school, can not afford to get enough food on the table. They can not go to the hospital.  People live under bad  living environment. I wonder if the government will create a better place for the pregnant mothers like a better hospital and reduce medical expense.

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