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Education Attainment And Literacy Rates

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According to 2011 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, 15% of individuals in the United States live below the poverty line. Today, more than 46 million people live in poverty in America, more than at any point in the country’s history. Compared to the poorest countries in the world, the poverty rate in the U.S. is relatively modest. In some countries, the poverty rate is more than five times the U.S. current figures. In Haiti, the highest in the world, 77% of residents live in poverty. Educational attainment and literacy rates are particularly low in these countries. Less than half of the children were enrolled in primary education, in the United States, nearly 95% of children were enrolled. (Hess and Weigley 2012)
Haiti is a country in is a country in the western hemisphere, located on the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. There are 10,123,787 people in this country and Haiti has the largest poverty rate of 77% in the world. More than half of Haiti’s population lives on less than $1 a day, and 80% of the country lives on less than $2 a day. Their estimated unemployment rate as of 2010 was 40.6%. (Hess and Weigley 2012)
Since the earthquake, coping mechanisms are widespread and have led to generalized temporary housing in a do-it-yourself economy. The poor cannot rely on social safety nets or any form of government support. Corruption is common Haitian governments, and practiced beyond measure in Haiti. Shabby housing and the
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