A Fairer World :: Youth


“About 29,000 children under the age of five – 21 each minute – die every day, mainly from preventable causes.”

United Nations Children’s Fund

“173,045,325 citizens gathered at over 3,000 events in more than 120 countries, demanding that their governments eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. "Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!", has been certified by Guinness World Records as a new world record and remains the largest mobilisation of human beings in recorded history. ”

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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.”

UNICEF Voices of Youth: “Usually poverty is thought to be lack of income – for example, a person is considered poor if his/her income is less than $1.25 a day. However, poverty is much more than simply the lack of income. Children living in poverty experience a lack of the material, spiritual, and emotional resources they need to survive, develop and thrive.”

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. ”

Stand Against Poverty: “We will continue to take a stand today and every day until promises to end poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals are delivered.”

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.”

UN Cyber School Bus: “We are the first generation that can eradicate poverty. Don’t miss this historic opportunity. Get involved! ... In 2003, Nguyen Van Dung, a 23–year–old Vietnamese, spent a month bicycling through Viet Nam on a 2,100–km journey, meeting with young people to raise awareness of MDGs.”

Oaktree Foundation: “You might sign petitions, use organic shampoo or wear little silicone wristbands. But we think you can do more. Generate is a structured program that encourages you to think and act big. We’ll teach you how to lead in your community and give you the tools you need to make more than just small changes in the fight to end global poverty. ”

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 and the Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two thirds of the world’s hungry people. www
  • Bangladesh ... will likely reduce poverty levels from 58.8 percent to 29.4 percent in 22 years. www
  • ...for the 31% of Tasmanians living on government pensions and allowances – their incomes do not enable them to make ends meet. www
  • Polling reveals 77% of Australians think the gap between rich and poor is widening. 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.