The Relationship Between Lack of Education and Poverty Essay

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It was with great sadness that I watched the documentary. I saw Kenyan children from a small village living in extreme poverty. These children must live with the two most devastating factors to children: poverty and lack of education. If a child’s environment is not nurturing, the child can suffer both mentally and physically. Therefore, poverty and lack of education are both factors that most negatively affect a child. Poverty is the harshest factor for children as it encompasses hunger, lack of access to medical facilities, and lack of access to clean water. Lack of education is another devastating factor as ignorance only harms and limits a child from succeeding in today’s competitive global economy.

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In at least nine countries, 75-92% of the population must survive on less than $2 a day. Not only is this amount not enough to satisfy the basic needs of food and clean water, it also prohibits access to facilities such as clinics and schools.

The effects of child poverty are diverse and destructive. Not only can the children have adverse psychological health issues, but physical health problems as well. Children from poorer families exhibit more emotional problems than do children that are from economically stable families. To begin with, psychological problems are an immediate result of living in poverty. Living in poverty causes chronic stress, which leads to memory deficiency. Additionally, children living in poverty are prone to behavioral problems including ADHD and aggression. Anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem are all direct emotional consequences of poverty. Deteriorating physical health is also a direct consequence of living in poverty. Effects also include a low birth weight, and chronic conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, and anemia. Children living in poverty face are two extremes in terms of food and availability on nutrition: a complete dearth of food will result in poor nutrition and hunger while an absence of nutritious food will result in obese or overweight children. In either case, the children are not getting the nutrients and proteins their body requires in order to function properly and grow. Areas stricken with poverty could
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