Growing Up in Poverty: Findings from Young Lives (Palgrave by M. Bourdillon, J. Boyden

By M. Bourdillon, J. Boyden

This booklet offers the most recent proof from younger Lives, a different foreign learn of youngsters and poverty. It indicates how the endurance of inequality amid normal financial progress is leaving a few tremendous terrible childrens at the back of, regardless of the guarantees of the Millennium improvement objectives.

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They show that, notwithstanding differences within and between countries, skills do indeed improve with the number of years of schooling. Ethiopian children were initially at a disadvantage compared to those in the other countries, consistent with a later start to formal education in Ethiopia. But the gap had narrowed by the age of 12, offering evidence in favour of recent efforts to expand primary education to all. The gap between the higher skill levels of children in Vietnam and those in other countries widened after that age.

Households in Leki reported fewer environmental shocks; but the site is close to a lake, which may have provided a ready water source or alternative livelihood options. In both sites, large numbers of households reported not having enough to eat sometimes or frequently (39 per cent in Lomi, 46 per cent in Leki). In Leki a factory was reported in 2009 but not in 2002. A number of rural areas had relatively high wealth in 2002 and saw a limited increase between 2002 and 2009 (for example, Zeytuni and Selata, both in Tigray).

Further rounds of Young Lives research will examine how these decisions affect their later life chances. Alternatives to school for acquiring life skills are particularly important to those who receive limited benefits from their available system of formal education. Unequal outcomes from school We pointed out that growing levels of wealth in the countries studied can mask cases of extreme poverty; in a similar way, apparent improvement in availability and quality of formal education at the macro level can conceal serious deficiencies for certain children.

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