What is poverty?• “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. ” Mother Teresa Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/words/po/po verty205549.html#8XdzyvoAbRY1OwZy.99
Map of Africa indicating poverty stricken areas
Key QuestionWhy is poverty a widespread problem in Africancountries?
What are the main causes?• Political turmoil• Desertification (swelling of deserts)• HIV/AIDS• War• Lack of Education• Lack of Employment• No market to sell goods
What areas and who is affected?• Sub Saharan Africa is the main area in Africa that is affected by poverty.• Nearly half the population live under this poverty line.• It is estimated that approximately 300 million people are affected by this burden of extreme poverty in Africa.
Facts about poverty in Africa• 315 million people in Sub Saharan Africa survive on less than a dollar per day.• Less than 50% of Africa’s population has access to hospitals.• Only 57% of children go to primary school in Africa with only a third of children completing school.• Children count for half of the civilian casualties in African wars.• http://www.causes.com/causes/538529-extreme- poverty-in-africa-hunger-hiv-aids-and-death-in- africa/actions/1440676
Is the poverty rate rising or falling in Africa?The poverty rate is rising because:1. Fuel prices are rising worldwide.2. The cost of living in developing countries is rising.3. Food prices have risen in Sub Saharan Africa.4. The gap between the rich and poor will constantly get wider as technology constantly advances, leaving the poor of Africa behind.
Questions• How do you think poverty started in Africa?• How could our class help the poor people of Africa?• Why do you think Africa has the most poverty?• What part of Africa is poverty affecting the most?
More Websites• http://blogs.worldbank.org/category/tags/afri ca-poverty• http://www.thehungerproject.co.uk/wherewe work/aboutafrica/?gclid=CIDm6sjGg7QCFYUf4 QodpUsArg• http://www.africanhunger.org/• http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6527
By Kieran MulliganB.Ed 3St Patrick’s College Drumcondra