Investing in Education Is the Most Effective Way to Reduce Poverty

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“Investing in education is the most effective way to reduce poverty”
In many ways this is a difficult statement to assess. There is no doubt that education is a key initiative in the reduction of poverty. Whether it is the most effective is harder to say for sure. We can easily confirm correlation in the relationship between reduced poverty and increases in factors such as education and health. However it is no simple task to measure and compare the level of impact a component such as education has on poverty. There are many factors and variables that influence the poverty of a country and many of these factors influence one another, strengthening or weakening their individual effects and implications. However after researching the topic I
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The investigation, which randomized more than 75 schools, shows that the de-worming lowered absenteeism from school by one-quarter in the treatment group and also improved health and school participation in students who were not included in the program (Miguel & Kremer, 2004).
In 2005 at the UN’s World Summit, the international community pledged half the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015 outlining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These are a series of eight dead lined targets, most of which aim to eradicate the root causes of poverty worldwide. These goals highlight the main forms in which poverty appears hunger, education, inequality and various health related problems. These are therefore the main areas that investment is made to reduce poverty (UNFPA, 2005). The eight MDG’s are: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, Achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality rates, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development.
Looking at these MDG’s, which area of investment would be most effective in reducing poverty? You can see from the above goals that health is a dominant issue, as many of the goals can be attributed to health deficiency problems. It is also true that hunger is maybe the most important and fundamental form of poverty
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