What is it?
The dictionary defines child poverty as this “Children living in poverty are deprived of nutrition, water and sanitation facilities, access to basic health-care services, shelter, education, participation and protection, and that while a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human being.
It is most threatening and harmful to children, leaving them unable to enjoy their rights, to reach their full potential and to participate as full members of the society.”
Child poverty refers to the children that are born into poverty or are raised in shelters with limited, or in some cases absence of basic needs.
As well as Children that do not meet the acceptable standard of living for the nation where the child lives are said to be “poor”.
An example of child poverty is in developing countries, this is because the country has a very low amount of resources, to begin with, causing the effects to be much more extreme on the children.
What causes Child Poverty?
There is no significant “thing” that causes child poverty. Children are born into poverty and sometimes even grow up in poverty.
Did you know Almost half the world over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day? Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Less than one percent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
Relative poverty is a poverty measure based on a poor standard of living or a low-income relative to the rest of society.
Unlike absolute poverty, it does not necessarily imply that physical human necessities of nutrition, health, and shelter cannot be met; instead it suggests that the lack of access to many of the goods and services expected by the rest of the contemporary society leads to social exclusion and damaging results for the individuals and families in relative poverty.