Combating Social Inequality : Poverty

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Combating Social Inequality
Social inequality is a global concern impacting not only the poorest nations, but also the most economically advanced nations in the world. More alarming is the amount of separation between the worlds’ wealthiest and the worlds’ poorest inhabitants, with the gap widening year after year. It is estimated that between 17,000 and 22,000 children die each day due to poverty, and more than 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Governments have implemented policies to help bridge the gap of social inequalities between the different races and classes in an attempt to even the playing field, politics and capitalism however have countered and, in some instances, nullified the effectiveness of those policies. Research suggests that addressing education as the root cause of social inequality, in lieu of ineffective policies that only benefit the affluent and social elite, is essential in combating poverty levels, life expectancy, quality of life and overall social well-being.
The benefits of attaining higher levels of education are not limited to increased income levels and increased career opportunities. A study conducted in Denmark spanning from 1987 to 2011 concluded that people with tertiary education levels had a considerable life expectancy advantage over their primary and lower secondary education level peers (Brønnum-Hansen & Baadsgaard, 2012), with the gap in life expectancy increasing over the 25 year study. Another study concluded
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