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The Final Countdown: Prospects for Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030 (Interactive)

The Final Countdown: Prospects for Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030 (Interactive) | Poverty Assignment_ Ong Jun Jie | Scoop.it
Over one billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.25 a day. A new Brookings study examines the prospects for ending poverty by 2030 and the factors that will determine progress toward this goal.

Via W. Robert de Jongh
117John's insight:

$1.25 can barely last us for a proper meal, not to mention live for a day. I am glad that poverty has gone down over the years and this is due to the help of organisations and people who contributed selflessly to the needy. Ending extreme poverty by 2030 will be an arduous but possible task, but this task requires everyone's efforts and contributions that will lead to the end of poverty. 1 billion out of 7 billion people of the entire human population face poverty. If the remaining 6 billion people each contribute $1, will it end poverty? Or will it be only a fraction of what has to be done?

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TOMS: The Story Of A Business With A Conscience

TOMS: The Story Of A Business With A Conscience | Poverty Assignment_ Ong Jun Jie | Scoop.it

One of my all time favorite brand stories belongs to TOMS.


It’s the story of a man who had an altruistic vision born out of the need to contribute practical solutions to the severe poverty situations in developing countries around the world.


The man behind the brand is Blake Mycoskie, a 36 year old American entrepreneur and author. At TOMS, Blake’s known as Chief Shoe Giver.


Blake was inspired to launch the brand during one of his visits to Argentina where he witnessed kids running in the streets with no shoes.


He had to do something about it. TOMS was his response.

Via Gregg Morris
117John's insight:

We have always taken advantage of what we possess, for example a pair of shoes. A few torns and we throw it away without realising that it is valuable to others. One man's trash is another man's treasure. This applies to the people who can't even afford a pair of shoes. not to mention throwing away one. That is why we need to treasure what we have and help people in need, which is what a man is doing, Blake Mycoskie. The idea of "for every pair of shoe purchased, one pair is donated to a child in need" is rather creative and encourages people to help by buying the shoes. This will make people be more aware of the plight many people are in without shoes. If only the world knows how to treasure what they have and to give rather than to take, then it will be a better place.

Prisilla Zazueta's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:09 PM

This is based on the beginning of a change an how one man began an entire revolution many want to join and others that joined without an initiative.

Haley Mead's curator insight, December 13, 2013 3:57 PM

TOMS is an organization with a one-to-one movement: Buy shoes or sunglasses and inturn give to someone in need. What's great about TOMS is they provide various opportunities to get involved. If you are a college student, you can start TOMS campus programs to help contribute to the cause. You can participate in "One day without shoes" or "World Sight Day" which are events created by TOMS to raise awareness about their causes. You can participate in "Ticket to Give" which is an opportunity for TOMS fans to be a part of the giving trips and travel with TOMS to give shoes or sunglasses to people in need. Another opportunity they provide is amazing internships. With TOMS, you'll actually gain real-world experience through your work. Interning gives you the opportunity to be coached for your future career and work on projects that are actually used by TOMS. TOMS provides opportunities to volunteer and to actually work as an intern. To find out more about their job opportunities and internships, go to the following link and check out what opportunities are available! http://www.toms.com/our-movement/intern/l?icid=us-home-092011_73

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The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education

The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education | Poverty Assignment_ Ong Jun Jie | Scoop.it
Federal education policy seems blind to the relationship between poverty and student performance.


An interesting op-ed that focuses on the educational performance in the United States and poverty.  The authors feel that class is an obvious factor in educational performance, but that educational policies do not reflect the geographic factors that lead to uneven results. 

Via Seth Dixon
117John's insight:

Students with better economic background will generally do well than the lower economic background students as the parents are able to afford pre-school education and tuitions to enhance the child's learning experience. The policy-makers' ignorance to the correlations of family background and student achievement is rather disappointing. America is one of the most developed countries but one-fifth of American children live in poverty, which is unexpected. It is rather sad to know that that is the case, not to mention the children in third-world countries. Why are people still facing poverty in this time of age? Is there something that can be done?

Mindy Tan's curator insight, February 22, 2014 9:44 AM

From this article, I can see that children that are poorer actually get lower results as compared to those that are well fed. I think it is because they dont have a good environment to study in, do not have well-educated parents to guide them along and teach them and most importantly, they are not well-fed and they do not have enough nutritions to help them think or concentrate better. I wonder why they would  put the 'rich' and 'poor' kids together? Putting them together will only result in the richer kids looking down on the poorer kids.

rlavinya's curator insight, February 23, 2014 8:26 AM

It saddens be that children can't be educated just cause of their lack of money.Poverty an educations plays a huge role in a child's life.WIthout education how are they gona lead in life?Why can't the poor be edcuated for free?

rlavinya's curator insight, February 24, 2014 8:02 AM

Education and poverty.In simple terms mostly if a child does not have enough money it'll affect their education. It saddens be that children can't be educated just cause of their lack of money.Poverty an educations plays a huge role in a child's life.WIthout education how are they gona lead in life?Why can't the poor be edcuated for free?What puzzles be the most is why isn't it free for those who cant afford it?