How to End Poverty

Poverty is lack of quality of life. This lack could either be relative or absolute. In any case, lack of worthwhile quality of life is undesirable and life-threatening. Unfortunately, life of billions of people and households in the world today are threatened every second and every day and this is mostly through poverty. Most poor people die in needless circumstances since they could not afford remedies even to the least dangerous ailments or other conditions. Most are homeless, unemployed, sick, dis-empowered and suffer battered self-esteem. In extreme weather conditions and climate change, poor people are the most affected often and they are unprotected and vulnerable. Also, they suffer most of the consequences of civil wars and poor governance.

Families affected by poverty suffer higher death rates, more marriage instability and disorganization while the children are more predisposed to crime. And, the results and outcomes of all these affect everybody even though the poor people suffer it more directly. That is, when homes are broken, families disorganized and crimes increased, the spiral and ripple effects on the society will not only affect the poor ones but also the non-poor. Consequences of crimes for example are far-reaching. In fact, crimes affect the rich more as they are the targets of crime most times and this include violent ones. Against these backdrop, poverty is bad and dangerous for everyone.

Hence, while the problem is most common in Asia, Africa, Latin America and even the Caribbean, consequences of it are also obvious in developed societies especially as enabled by globalization that has interconnected the world and has reduced time and space distanciation. This could be exemplified through migrations and drug trafficking. As poor people from Asia, South America and Africa escape crime and poverty, they engage in illegal migrations and drug trafficking to industrialized nations with huge and dire consequences for countries of destination like America and Europe. Therefore, to end the poverty, the following suggestions should be taken:

1. Ending the problem must be all inclusive to go beyond the poor people and poor nations themselves. The non-poor people and non-poor nations must be concerned about poverty and involved in its solution. Although the international community has been involved all along as could be seen in Gleaneagles’ Make Poverty History Concert to raise money to end the problem in Africa, the G8 Summit and The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), more practical commitments must be made. Ending poverty should go beyond politics and diplomacy to include practical actions and pledges should be translated into concrete actions as consequences of poverty know no bounds.

2. Aside aids and giving of international donations, empowerment of the poor people as persons must be placed on top priority. Programs that will build capacities of the poor people must be initiated and engineered. These programs must go straight to the grassroots and could be through community based associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who are familiar with local dynamics rather than through governments who could divert the resources and corruptly enrich themselves through the support funds.

3. There should be more investment in education to further enlighten the affected people and improve their income generation capabilties.

4. More focus should be put on girl-child education as many suffer Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs) that dis-empower them and endanger their education and capacity to generate wealth. This is important as could be seen in the saying that ‘educate a woman and educate a nation’. The multiplier effects of women education is very crucial and strategic to the issue at hand.

5. There is also the need to enlighten the poor people on the need to build and develop lifestyles that encourage and sustains wealth. This is because experience and research have proved that poor people have lifestyles that perpetrate and perpetuate poverty.

Education and Women Empowerment

Education is much more than reading, writing, calculation and arithmetic. It is one of the most essential investments a country can make in its citizenry and its future. It is a most crucial factor which reduce poverty and inequality. It provides a greater understanding to people about crucial skills and tools. It assists students and learner to perform better and also create opportunities for sustainable and viable economic growth. It helps to fight with dangerous disease such as HIV/AIDS. Education boosts transparency, great governance, stability and also helps to fight against corruption.

Education is one of the most crucial areas of empowerment for girls and women. It is beneficial for them as well as their families, gatherings, communities and countries. With the help of quality and value education, girls can make acquainted choices, enhancing their country’s social and economic prosperity by promoting the health and social welfare of the next generation. Countries which preferred gender equality in primary and secondary education are much more likely to have high economic growth.

Benefits of Educating Women:

An educated female group heightens a country’s productiveness and fuels economic growth. More knowledgeable women tend to be healthier, work proficiently and earn more income, have less children, and also able to provide better health care and education to their children. Girls’ education literally can save millions of lives. An educated girl and woman has the abilities, information and self-self-assurance that she needs to be a better parent, employee and citizen.

An educated woman is, likely to marry at a later age and also understand the need for family planning. Cross-country surveys show that an extra year of schooling for girls decreases fertility rates by 4 to 8 percent and also the kids of an educated mother are more likely to survive. In India, for instance, the infant mortality rate of babies whose mothers have received primary or prenatal education is half that of children whose mothers are illiterate. An educated girls and women can find out better job opportunities and improve their personalities.

Ways for enhancing girl’s access to education:

• Basic education should be free or cost-effective so that every category can receive it Where possible, there should be good stipends and scholarships to compensate families in return of girls’ household labor.

• Schools should be located close to home because many parents concern about girls travelling long distances on their own homes.

• Girls perform best when they receive early childhood care, which enhances their self-pride and make them ready for school.

• Relevant curriculum and appropriate learning materials will help them to understand things in a best possible manner.

Education is nothing but works like a ladder which leads to the wonderful life and better career prospects for girls and women. It is one of the most crucial and essential things in life, because without it they cannot contribute to the world or gain money, and do not receive knowledge. Knowledge and cognition is power, so when they know what they can do, only then they can go that mile further.