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U.S. AID education/poverty infographic

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An excellent infographic that highlights the importance of education in the process of fighting poverty.  Why is education (especially women) so pivotal for development?  Should this change how we think about humanitarian aid?       


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Megan-Nicole Lye Shuen Chi's insight:

I already know, before reading this infographic, that the reason why there is an abundance of children in countries like India or Africa, is because the women there are uneducated, and do not know the the consequences of having children before having a basic foundations, such as money, food, shelter, clothing, to support them. From the infographic, I can derive that there will always be 50% chance of a child suffering from a disease or terminal illness as long as his or her mother is uneducated. This shows that a woman's education is of utmost importance as it determines whether her child lives or dies. The education of young girls is also just important. It ensures that they know the consequences of unprotected or under-aged sex, and also how they can defend themselves against any rape cases.It is also stated in the infographic that 1 in 4 women around the world cannot read this sentence.This once again emphasizes the point that education for everyone, not only women, is very importance as reading, especially such a simple sentence, is essential in order to survive. Ending off this insight, I have 3 things I wonder about. Firstly, there must definitely be a wealthier part of these developing countries somewhere, and I would like to ask them if they were planning to do anything to help these uneducated women in their education, so that the birth rate of the country would decrease and money from the government can be more wisely spend? Secondly, since poverty is affecting countries worldwide, would the more wealthy countries step in to help those developing countries in poverty, so that the percentage of poverty is reduced? Lastly, if somehow, education is given to those uneducated women and children, would those women and children know the significance of this education to take it seriously and appreciate it? Or will they take it as a joke?

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Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, January 27, 2014 8:37 AM

From this article i get to know that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually suceed through hard work and support from their family.

Zemus Koh's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:11 AM

From this infographic, I can see the importance of education and how it can impact us in our lives. Education is key as it can help us in many ways such as being able to teach our offspings survival skills and also help us to earn more so that we can bring up a family and support them. However important education is, it still comes with a price. As such, many are deprived of this oppurtunity to be educated even though education is somewhat considered a neccessity. Other benefits of education to women include a lesser chance of contracting STDs and also having a higher chance to immunize their children compared to non-educated women. Since education is a key to survival and an important part in our lives, why is it that no effort is made to promote this or to fund more projects that help the less fortunate to get a chance to be educated?

Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, February 23, 2014 7:28 AM

This article tells me that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually succeed through hard work and support from their family. It stated that most children who drop out from school are girls and most of the people cant read live in developing countries. In this century i am sure that proper education are given to those who could not afford it as everyone want to succeed. I think that it does not matter if a child's mother is without an education as they can succeed if they work hard and opportunity is given to them.

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..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::..

..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::.. | Poverty Assignment_Megan Lye(21) | Scoop.it

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Megan-Nicole Lye Shuen Chi's insight:

Asian poverty is caused by 4 factors: Water, Food, Health, and Education. Firstly, there is a lack of education for those in poverty, thus the women do not know the consequences of having children without having a basic support foundation, and therefore have too many children and cause the country to become overpopulated. Secondly, the overpopulation in the already-in-poverty country puts more pressure and stress onto the people running the country to get food, water and economical resources. Lastly, because water and food is scarce, the people may be driven desperate to eat any scraps of food that they find, regardless of whether it is safe to consume. The food is more likely than not contaminated and thus causes them to fall ill. If they have no money, they cannot get themselves cured. This can also either cause them to go insane, or it can cause them to slowly die. The illness may even spread around to other people, causing a mass illness. I believe that we should be grateful for our daily or weekly allowance as these people have less than a dollareach day. I also think that the government should enforce education and make it compulsory so that all children will receive education, not only for academics, but also for their character and citizenship, as well as moral rights. They need to learn that they should appreciate education as long as it is available. For those children who prefer to sell fish, what happens if there is a massive oil leakage in the sea and they have no fish to sell for a while? If they had gotten educated, they could have perhaps found other jobs to support themselves, as well as their family. Ending off, I have some things that I wonder about. Firstly, since poverty is a worldwide issue, why does the government not know and try to solve it? Secondly, if parents have suffered through poverty, why do they not stress how important education is to their children so that they have a better chance of surviving? Lastly, why is nothing being done about the caste system just because it is religious?

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Yu Bixun's curator insight, February 2, 2013 8:52 AM

I can see that about two-third of the world's poorest people are from Asia. India had more than three hundred million of people living in poverty which is the greatest in the world. And because of this, many are uneducated with more time spent on fishing instead of studying. I think that wars are the main contributions to poverty as wars destroyed many farms, crops, settlements and people which caused many to be living in poverty. I think the children who are fishing or playing should attend schools as education can help them end their poverty state. People who are not in poverty state, we should excel in our studies and work hard in it as we are very lucky to be studying with proper education to look for job when we grow up. I wonder if regaining back their farms, industries and settlements could end their poverty state.

L.tak poon's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:12 AM

See-think-wonder

Form the above picture, i can see that there is an adult with 3 children in the picture taken above.It is pretty clear that the people above do not come form a wealthy family.Their clothing tells me that there are in a poor state of living..(see)


The children and the in the picture above did not smile when the picture is taken which i think that they are not happy. It may probally because needs are not met for their daily living.(think)


I wonder what there real problem is, weather is it because of money or other matter. I wonder if the goverment or anyone could help them in anyways.(wonder)

Tan Yang Heng Terence's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:18 AM

After reading this article, i realised another factor leading to poverty in India. It is the Hinduism belief of caste system in India. It is the main religion in India. India have the most amount of people living in poverty in a countrycomparing to the rest of the countries. Almost all of them living in poverty earned less than $1 a day. Long hours of work and effort is put to that $1 that does not seems much in our eyes. 522 millions of people of India are suffering this unbearable situation. This system prevents many people from trying to break their poverty. It is very unfair as not everyone is given a chance to start out equal. Why does the poverty of the previous generation have to burden the future generations? However, a stop to such practise is equivalent to the lost of the culture. Thus, they will never have a chance to break poverty. They will be continue to be despise by others at the top of the caste system. It is such injustice. 

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Rivers, lakes, wetlands: could water become the world's biggest market? - The Guardian (blog)

Rivers, lakes, wetlands: could water become the world's biggest market? - The Guardian (blog) | Poverty Assignment_Megan Lye(21) | Scoop.it
Rivers, lakes, wetlands: could water become the world's biggest market?
The Guardian (blog)
In Uganda, a beer brewer is paying communities to protect wetlands in a bid to secure a steady supply of water for its businesses.
Megan-Nicole Lye Shuen Chi's insight:

This article confirms the fact that many countries now are heading into poverty because of shortage of water. The main idea in this article is that there is a shortage of water to use for agricultural, industrial and household purposes. Thus, because of this, farmers, companies and the government are investing money into water consumption, like increasing water utility bills, giving out insurance to people who manage water better and improve the quality of drinking water. I would like to argue with the idea of using money to get people to save water, because the country does not have all the money to spend only on investments, thus, the government should find another way to raise awareness and solve the problem of water shortage. 

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, January 31, 2013 1:46 AM

This article shows that many countries are facing poverty due to the shortage of water. As water are used for agricultural, husehold and other purposes thus there is shortage of water and this cause alot of profit lose especially the farmers as water is also part of their 'tool" for agricultural. I wonder if it is possible for the government to increase water untility bill and so prople will use the water more wisely. And most importantly, government should find other ways to stop the shortage of water. 

Tan Ying Shan's comment, January 31, 2013 2:07 AM
it is obvious that water shortage is a controversial issue in some of the countries and in future we might even use the river,lakes and even the sea water as it could be our only source of water by then and because of the shortage of water, the people living in some countries are getting into poverty by the days. i think that we should start conserving water even though we have enough now. We have to plan for the future as water is going to run out someday. I was wondering if in the near future, if the world doesn't have anymore water, what would the people reaction be if they don't start conserving water now.
Quek Ee Pin's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:26 PM

I can see that from this article, it is clear that countries world-wide are starting to promote activites to conserve water. Also, many companies that require water to do their businesses are using the money to help ensure that the communites are protecting and conserving water. I think that such activities might have a big impact in the future, when there is a shortage of water, causing such companies and the countries to benefit from it, causing poverty to hit the public as they have to pay for the water. I wonder how communities are able to benefit from these activites other than receiving the benefit of money they recieve from the government and companies.

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

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment_Megan Lye(21) | Scoop.it
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 see that because of poverty, people who have lost their jobs, suffer from financial problems or have medical issues are subjected to live in dangerous parts of their city where violence is not uncommon. I think that the reason why poverty relates to mental health is because poverty causes man to become desperate to find any scraps of food, water, money or shelter to survive. Since they are in poverty, they probably do not have enough money to buy more nutritious food, which results in having to buy convenience or processed food which are not healthy. This causes them to suffer from malnourishment and ultimately, causes them to become terminally ill. This again requires money to cure and since they have insufficient money, the desperation causes them to be depressed, pressured, and sometimes, insane. I wonder why, even though poverty is made well-known in the world, there is still much wastage of food, water and money from the rich. I also wonder that if there is so much waste, do the rich or more fortunate know and care about those in poverty? I strongly believe that our current earth's resources will eventually run out, and if we do not start using them wisely, ultimately, we will have no natural resources left.

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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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Food shortages And Poverty in India - About Latest News And ...

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Poverty in India is widespread, with the nation estimated to have a third of the world's poor. In 2010, World Bank stated, 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day (PPP) while ...
Megan-Nicole Lye Shuen Chi's insight:

This article confirms my knowledge that there are more than 400 million people suffering from poverty in India. The main idea in this article is that countries are now aiming to reduce the percentage of poverty in their country by half by 2015. They are now trying to increase their percentage of food by 70% in order to feed an additional 2 billion people by 2050. However, this puts more pressure on them tofind more water resources. I would like to argue about the idea of increasing their food production to feed an additional 2 billion people. Instead of putting so much stress on increasing food, the government can start to control the population in India, like restricting population growth, to decrease the amount of food needed to feed the people.

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Lee ZongHan's curator insight, January 31, 2013 11:34 PM

This is my insight using the 4Cs, Connection, Poverty in India is widespread, with the nation estimated to have a third of the world's poor. In 2010, World Bank stated, 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day while 68.7% live on less than US$ 2 per day.

Concepts, food shortage, the world’s population could become all but vegetarian by the year 2050 because of water shortages and a spiralling population, scientists have warned. Nine hundred million people already go hungry and 2 billion people are malnourished in spite of the fact that per capita food production continues to increase. Changes, there have to be some change in the food shortage in India. India government have to create more jobs for the citizens in India so that they have enough money to buy foods. Challenges, India have lots of lands and the goverment could use those lands for farming. So that they will have enough foods.

Xuan Tay Yu's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:52 AM

This is my insight on this article. The world is currently experiencing food shortages, and it could go worse by 2050. In India, so many people are poor, making the number reach a third of the wolrd's poor. If we do not do anything about it the food shortage, more people are going to suffer. Water shortage is also a problem, which causes animals to die out if the animals lack the water. If the animals die, we do not have meat to eat. This is a big problem because need the protein from the animals. 

Ong Yi An's curator insight, February 4, 2013 4:04 AM

While looking at the article, i realised that 8 Indian states have more poor people than 26 poorest African nations. The people there are suffering a hard time as they do not have food. From the picture, i can see that they all have a plate with them. Therefore i infer that they used the plate for begging people to give them food so that they could survive. I believed that the country was not so poor at first by as the economic rises, they could follow it. Therefore, they fell into despair and poverty. There are also some adults in the picture, i think that they maybe the parents of the children. They are poor, thus no money to effort birth control. Therefore, having many children. But being them to the world is also something difficult for them as they must get more food, more money to bring them up. The children will then have to suffer along. Not only the humans have to suffer, the animals have to suffer too. The cause of food shortages are because of the economics, environment and many more.