Poverty In The Uk And Bangladesh Essay

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This essay will focus on the comparison of child poverty in the UK and Bangladesh in relation to the effects on a child’s education. I have chosen to compare the UK and Bangladesh as when reading literature on child poverty in Bangladesh it was astounding to me the difference of ‘childhood’ in these two separate worlds. Poverty is divided into two categories, ‘Absolute’ and ‘Relative’ poverty. Bell (2013) considers absolute poverty to be a term used to indicate a poverty level in relation to living standards that stays the same even if society becomes wealthier. Access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, and basic needs are all examples of absolute poverty. No one in the UK should be in absolute poverty due to the benefits system in place. Relative poverty is usually related to income, a person may have the ability to maintain basic needs, but not enough financially to take part in various other activities. Childhood poverty is a circumstance that is characterised by an inadequately low standard of living due to insufficient resources in the households in which they live. UNICEF (2007) state the long-term impact of poverty have an impact on children’s, developmental, education and employability progress. The Department for Work and Pensions (2013) The government labour party stresses that children living in households with less than 60 % of thee average UK income could be in poverty. The UK is described as one of the worlds richer nations, but still has a high level of child poverty. Fisher (2013) has shown research that those children described as living in poverty are much less likely to do well at school and by the age of 14 can be 2 years behind others. The research suggests that these children from a poorer backgr... ... middle of paper ... ...inclusive to both gender classes throughout the syllabus. The government put this into practice to improve children’s aspirations of going onto further education to achieve better paid jobs with qualifications. Whilst poverty is a major factor in educational quality and fairness, other factors such as ‘cultural poverty’ are issues. As there are no state benefits in Bangladesh, boys are expected to provide their parents with financial support, whilst girls labour is aimed at household chores. Bangladeshi society is strongly controlled by the men. Hossain, (2006) states in some cases less privileged families prioritise their sons education over their daughters as their will have better job prospects and bring more income into the family. Besides finantial factors, some parents refrain from sending their daughters to school by way of socio- cultural norms and practices
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