Thursday, May 19, 2016

Getting to Know Your International Contact-Part 1



Week 1 of this course I contacted Ghana's UNICEF Headquarters and unfortunately I have not received a response from them. I am very disappointed that I haven't been able to hear back from anyone because I wanted to really learn about this country and what this organization has done for them.  So I tried to watch a podcast but it was very difficult to subscribe to the podcasts on the website so I started reading some articles that were published through UNICEF and a few studies on poverty. So the article I read was called, "Does Money Affect Children's Outcomes? A review of evidence on casual links."  What this study stated was that yes, money does affect how children fare and how they are taken care of. Low income households affect the children's overall well-being, and development, their cognitive ability, achievement and engagement in school, their anxiety levels and behavior (Stewart & Cooper, 2013).

The article also stated that income may not be the only factor that affects children who live in poverty, other factors can play into why children grow up in poverty. The example given was that if a child who has parents who are ambitious and set standards for themselves can achieve higher paying jobs which in turn can lead to a standard set on the child to achieve in school which in turn the child inherits that ambitious nature (Stewart & Cooper, 2013). Simply meaning that poverty can either hinder you or you can overcome it. In my opinion if a parent grew up only knowing poverty and never was given a chance to see what other options are for them and wasn't shown how to live any other way, then generational poverty can follow our children throughout their years. To know better is to do better, but if the option was not given to know better then how can our children do better.

Lower income homes correlates to higher stress and anxiety levels that can turn into parents not giving their children that time and attention and positive support needed. Other factors stated was that poverty can lead to maternal depression and the parents ability to invest in the resources needed to make sure that children are well taken care of (Stewart & Cooper, 2013).

Poverty is ever growing and programs such as UNICEF and other Federal, local and state level agencies that combat poverty daily is few but are doing the best they can with what they have. Not every person living in poverty will get served but we as professionals have to help with the fight and also make sure we are knowledgeable and resourceful ourselves to help guide our families in the right directions to gain the tools they need to help get them out of poverty. It is our job just not as educators to their children but be a voice for them as well.

Reference

Stewart, K., & Cooper, K. (2013).  Does Money Affect Children's Outcomes? A review of evidence   
      on casual links.  Retrieved from :             http://www.unicef.org/socialpolicy/files/CPI_October_2013.pdf



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