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Child Poverty and Education

I know most of us kids think that school is a hassle or that we don’t get enough allowance. However, most of us don’t realize the reality of other kids in other countries who would love to be in our position.

Poverty is a global issue. Almost half the world lives in poverty! How many of those people are children? Well, there are around 2.2 billion children in the world, and as the UNICEF Child Poverty In The Post-2015 Agenda says, “In the developing world, where the majority of the poor live, a staggering 39 per cent of children — including some 569 million children aged 18 and under — are struggling to survive in ‘extreme poverty’. However, these measures of extreme poverty understate the problem. Large numbers of children living in households with incomes above $1.25 a day still experience poverty according to national definitions or are deprived of the minimum basic needs and services they need to survive, develop and thrive.”

Many children around the world are being deprived of basic needs and service. These needs and services include school and education. According to, more than 72 million children of primary education age are not in school. Children are deprived of education due to many other reasons as well, such as sex, health, culture, etc. Education is being taken from the ones who need it most. Children need to learn to develop their intellectual and social abilities, the keys to future success.sum1604

This generation’s youth is the future. Without an education, and with more privileged kids taking it for granted, what will become of the world? Without basic needs what will become of the people?

In my opinion, poverty is a BIG issue being somewhat overlooked. Every child not only needs an education, but deserves one. As the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child states, “‘Rights’ are things every child should have or be able to do.” Many countries have agreed to these established rights, Canada included. Articles 27, 28, and 29 discuss education, specifically that a child should have his/her needs met, a right to education, and a good quality education to lead you to become a good global citizen.

Education and other basic needs are a human right and should never be taken away from anyone. Yet, a large number of the world is being deprived of it.

Many of us see school as a hassle and take it for granted. However, we have no idea how lucky we are to have an education because, in the long run, our education not only benefits us, our education benefits the world.


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