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B.C. Blasted Over 'Dismal' Child Poverty Rate

B.C. Blasted Over 'Dismal' Child Poverty Rate | Poverty | Scoop.it
VICTORIA - British Columbia has the highest child poverty rate in Canada, with one in five kids considered statistically poor, says a report that calls for quick action to alleviate a worsening situation in the western province.The report by the...

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After reading this article 'B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report', I seriously feel that I am very blessed and fortunate. From what I have read, I knew that almost every five children, one is poor. The child poverty rate is 18.6 per cent as compared to the national rate of 13.3 per cent. In Singapore, nobody is left out, nobody is considered poor. This is because all Singaporeans have help from the government. We have subsidy, help from the social worker and etc. Canadian also received help from their government. The government has taken action, focusing on economic growth, and making child care more affordable for everyone. The families are struggling with their lives, they have no jobs and cannot earn a living. Furthermore, there are also many single parents who have difficulty bringing up their children. Thus, the government also start to create more job opportunities for all. Government has been giving away tax revenue by lowering tax rates. In the last ten years, the governments in Canada has invested 3.6 billion dollars to provide affordable housing and more than 98000 families have benefited. In my opinion, I think the government should had done better. Probably the government can send their citizens oversea to study and work. In this way, the Canadians can bring up the economy growth. However, the government might face difficulties as the Canadians might not be qualified to study and work oversea. I was wondering why all the governments in the world cannot be like our Singapore's government where everyone is not left out and no one is living in poverty.

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Madeeha Shahnaaz's curator insight, January 21, 2014 5:58 AM

In BC, there are at least 18% of children suffering from poverty. These children are not attending school and not getting the appropriate education needed. It is said that BC has done the least to help these students. This tells me that people who really can afford schooling are those who are of a certain standard. That means almost a quarter of students are not having their school education. This affects the economy in future if BC is not going to do anything in future. Not much help is given to single parent family either. The help given is not enough to give education for schildren as there are also housing fares that the parents have to pay. Some people voice out that the help that BC give to help the children's education does not exist long enough. After helping few families the help is vanished. I feel that BC might be losing out in future if they continue being like this. I used to think that all country are helping those in need but now realising BC does not give that much help i feel poverty must a topic to discuss about and solve on. I wish poverty does not eaffect the young children who need education and knowledge from school so that in future they will not suffer in poverty.

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Rural poverty: when the food bank is only 20 miles away...

Rural poverty: when the food bank is only 20 miles away... | Poverty | Scoop.it
Low-income families skip meals because they can't afford to get to the nearest shop to buy groceries, and walk for hours to get a charity food parcel, according to a report into rural food poverty

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Jing Yuan Cheong's insight:

Poverty is also related to shortage of food. There are so many parts of the world that live in poverty and hunger. In this article, I understood more about food poverty in USA. As the population increases, demand of food also increases. However people who are poor could not afford the money to buy food. Families in poverty were consuming nutritionally poor food because healthier options were to expensive. As a result many chose to skip meals. In my opinion, I think many measures can be taken. Government can give out free food to the poor. However, this method cannot last long, thus, the rich or those who can afford to spare food to the poor should lend a helping hand.

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Davina De Laure's curator insight, January 26, 2014 8:52 AM

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After reading this article i am shock to know how other people in other country are suffering.At rural countries  low-income families they skip meals because they cant afford to get to the nearest shop to get groceries, walk for hours just to get charity food parcels. and also since the rising of demand of food aid like everywhere else. this rural fastness presents speacial challengers. All this leads to unhealthy eating . like me explain families in poverty nutritionally-poor food such as takeaways and frozen food because healthier options were to expensive it found. Individuals skipping meals because they can't afford food, or buy enough food to feed the whole family was also identified as a serious problem. This poverty should stop donate food cans to family around the will it might save alot of lives without us knowing and after knowing that there are people suffering like this i think twice of wasting my food 

Lim Theng Shryl's curator insight, January 27, 2014 11:45 PM

I felt very sad for the people living in poverty after reading this article. They had to skip meals because they cannot afford to get to the nearest shop to get their groceries. The people live in hunger, and have poor living conditions because the food they have are mostly unhealthy or they have no food at all. I think the government should do something useful for these poor people living in such conditions.

Jasmine GreenTea's curator insight, February 24, 2014 11:02 AM

After reading the article, i know that demand for food aid is rising, like everywhere else. Families in poverty are consuming nutritionally-poor food such as takeaways and frozen food because healthier options are to expensive to be found. Individuals are skipping meals because, either, they cannot afford food, or buy enough food to feed the whole family. The Salvation army, had been providing hot meals for the homeless for over 100 years but in the last year they had seen a huge increase in the number of people who have a home but have no money for food coming to them for help.

I wonder if people in rural areas also feel the stigma of asking for help more, since there are not many people found in rural areas.

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The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education

The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education | Poverty | 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
Jing Yuan Cheong's insight:

After reading this article, I realize how poverty can affects education or how education can bring about poverty. Large bodies of research have shown how poor environment, family background can affects ones learning and education. On the other hand, high quality early childhood and preschool education can result in ones success in the future. We know that low-income students experience greater learning loss. Education policy makers should try to provide poor students with the social support and experiences that middle-class students enjoy too. Other than that, the government can also hire people to teach the children so that everyone has the opportunity to study. It might be easy for me to give ideas, however, I understand that it will definitely be challenging for the government to start or carry out. The government would have difficulties finding and hiring those who are willing to volunteer and provide free education for them. Another worry is who can educate the children, will there be enough teachers to teach.

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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?