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Opinion: Do Schools Today Engender A Sense Of Community, Or Indifference?

Avinash Sharma, Youth Ki Awaaz YKA, 18th April, 2021


[accessed 19 April 2021]

This system of studying together in the same school, with children from all strata of society was, in a way, very progressive. It would develop awareness among the rich students about poverty, hunger, and discrimination from the lived experiences of their poor friends. They would understand the hardships and agonies of the families of their marginalised friends very closely.

Poor students in turn had rich and more well-to-do friends around them which would stimulate them to study hard and be like them. All sections of students would understand the stark class differences and the subtle realities of the world in a much better way. This would help all of them to grow up as more compassionate, considerate, and realistic human beings later in life because of this “transactional social proximity” in schools.

Teaching about poverty in schools and universities

Kendall Worth, The Nova Scotia Advocate, 22 September 2016


[accessed 25 November 25, 2020]


Parents I talk to say that in schools from grades primary to six kids are taught a fair bit about why there is poverty in places overseas, but almost nothing about poverty in our backyard. That’s also what I remember back when I was in those lower grades myself as a student.

These parents also say that kids who live in poverty tend to be often the ones who gets picked on the most during elementary school and beyond. Kids who come from middle and upper class families tend not to understand the poor kids situations. This is one of the causes of students bullying in our school systems.

If kids were taught about poverty right from grade primary then this could potentially reduce the amount of bullying that happens in schools.  

Keep in mind; if teachers are going to start teaching local poverty to elementary school children then they have to be qualified. This is one benefit where having poverty education taught at the university level could benefit those students studying to be school teachers.


If teachers are going to start teaching about local poverty in the school system, they themselves need to be qualified to do so. Therefore we need a poverty education courses taught at the college and university levels.

Poverty education is also beneficial to students who are studying to become social workers. After all, when they become social workers, people living in poverty are a large portion of the people they will be working with.


Teaching Children About Poverty: At Home and Abroad

Laura Latzko, Bright Hub Education, 15 February 2011


[accessed 25 November 2020]

Poverty is a term used for people that do not make enough money to pay for basic necessities, such as food, clothing or housing. Individuals who live in poor conditions, who do not have access to clean water, adequate sanitation systems or safe housing, are often considered to be living in poverty, according to Net Industries. For students to get a true understanding of how many poor people in the United States and other countries live and survive on a daily basis, they need to learn about poverty.

Teachers for students in different grades can spend a day or more doing activities to teach about poverty. Understanding the problems of poverty could make students more sympathetic to poorer individuals in their own schools or their communities. It could even inspire them to volunteer for an organization that assists people in need.

What Can Schools Do to Address Poverty?

William Parrett and Kathleen Budge, Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation, 10 December 2015


[accessed 25 November 2020]

Eliminating poverty is a both/and proposition -- reforms must occur in both the broader society and in schools -- and schools do make a considerable difference. We encourage educators, and particularly educational leaders, to both become knowledgeable about issues related to eliminating poverty, joining forces with others who advocate for social and economic reforms, and summon the courage to do the much-needed work closer to home -- in their own schools and communities. Successfully educating all students to high standards is critical to ultimately eliminating poverty.

Extreme Poverty in the World: How the World Bank and United Nations Measure It

Steven Payson, Johns Hopkins University

It makes perfect sense, from a moral, ethical, and perhaps even spiritual perspective, that we should worry the most about the people who have the least. The World Bank says that there are over 3 billion impoverished people in the world, who are living on less than $6.85 per person, per day. Among them, it says, there are about 650 million people in extreme poverty, who are living on less than $2.15 per day. Although poverty in the world has declined dramatically over the past few decades, which is certainly good news, a substantial amount of poverty still exists.