A Fairer World :: Youth


“For the first time since records on poverty began, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen in every developing region, including sub-Saharan Africa. Preliminary estimates indicate that the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day fell in 2010 to less than half the 1990 rate and during the same period over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources. The share of slum dwellers in urban areas declined from 39 per cent in 2000 to 33 per cent in 2012, improving the lives of at least 100 million people (UN DESA). ”

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Clarence High School: students have had some thoughts on child rights and poverty.

Millennium Development Goals – United Nations: “The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.”

Poverty.com: “...there is plenty of food in the world for everyone.”

Global Poverty Project: “Sewers, bridges and power lines are often taken for granted in countries like Australia and New Zealand. But many developing countries around the world lack even the most basic infrastructure.”

End Water Poverty: “1.1 billion people live without safe water and 2.6 billion people live without access to sanitation. In these circumstances around 5000 children die every day from water–related diseases – the equivalent of 20 airliners filled with children lost on a daily basis to an entirely preventable public health crisis.”

One International: “Climate change is not a crisis of developing countries’ making, yet the impacts of global warming will disproportionately hit the world’s poorest people.”

Oxfam Australia: “You’re powerful as a consumer – what you choose to buy shapes the world we live in and can literally change someone’s life for the better.”

UN Cyber School Bus: “Each person lives at a different standard of living. These standards are different for different parts of the world. For example, being poor in England is very different from being poor in Guatemala and is even different from being poor in Sub–Saharan Africa. Each person’s experience of poverty is different.”

Global Gang: “If we’re clever enough to send rockets into space, why can’t we stop people dying because they don’t have enough to eat? ... In 2000, the leaders of 189 countries got together to make a massive promise. They wanted to do something BIG to tackle poverty by 2015. To make this happen, they set some targets called the millennium development goals.”

TakingITGlobal: “Out of the 1 billion people who live on less than $1 a day, approximately 238 million are young people. Sadly, it is young people who suffer the most from a life of poverty. The effects of poverty for youth are felt most in the areas of health, education, housing, safety, and access to employment opportunities.”

UNICEF Voices of Youth: “A sad reality of poverty is that it can easily be transmitted from one generation to the next. Poverty in childhood is a root cause of poverty in adulthood.”

Global Education: “Microcredit and other financial services for poor people are important instruments for poverty reduction and for empowerment, especially for women.”

Australian Council of Social Services: “has been working to achieve equitable solutions to the effects of climate change, so that low–income households are shielded from price hikes for essential goods and services and can benefit from new opportunities, such as gaining employment in clean–energy jobs.”

These sites have ideas on how to make a difference.

Micah Challenge: “Join us in helping to ensure our politicians remain focused on tackling global poverty when elected into Parliament. ”

Make Poverty History: “Make Poverty History needs your voice. Join the millions of people in Australia and around the world who are taking action to Make Poverty History.”

Global Youth Action Network: “GYAN helps its members share information and resources – building collaborations that leverage experience. Any youth–related organization which does not promote hatred or violence is welcome to apply.”

Oaktree Foundation: “Join thousands taking the challenge to eat on $2 a day for 5 days (Live Below the Line campaign) ”

World Hunger: “You Can!... Learn More About Hunger”

Did You Know?

  • One third of deaths – some 18 million people a year or 50,000 per day – are due to poverty–related causes. www
  • In Kenya, women can burn up to 85 percent of their daily calorie intake just fetching water. www
  • The three richest people in the world are richer than all 600 million people living in the world’s poorest countries. www
  • Currently the Australian Government gives around 0.34% of GNI to overseas development assistance...The Australian Government and Opposition have now both pledged to increase overseas development assistance to 0.5% by 2015 – but this still falls short of 0.7%. www
  • Asia has the largest number of hungry people (over 500 million) but Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence (24.8 percent of population). www
  • Women represent 60 percent of the 1.4 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day, but own only 1 percent of the world’s wealth. www
  • ...for the 31% of Tasmanians living on government pensions and allowances – their incomes do not enable them to make ends meet. www
  • 2,265,000 people (12.8%) are living below the poverty line in Australia. www

Teacher resources

  • Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning has posters, games, unit plans, books, DVDs and bookmarks on global issues such as poverty. Members are encouraged to contact the Centre for a complete list of resources on this topic which are available free or on loan.