The Global Poverty Project

It’s been a few weeks and all of my inquiries to establish contacts with international education professionals have gone unanswered.  I was also unsuccessful in my attempts to access www.childhoodpoverty.org.  Upon further research I discovered The Global Poverty Project, www.globalpovertyproject.com.

The mission of The Global Poverty Project is to end extreme poverty as we know it by 2030.  By focusing on three issues, fair trade, governance and aid quality, The Global Poverty Project brought awareness to other issues such as health, education, women and girls, sanitation and clean water.  One campaign, 1.4 Billion Reasons is slated for retirement this year.  Since the inception of 1.4 Billion Reasons in 2009, it has delivered its message to over 200,000 people worldwide by training over 200 Global Poverty Ambassadors in the UK to talk about the long term effects of poverty within their country and the world, and established the “I am a Global Citizen Program” in Australia.  1.4 Billion Reasons has launched other successful programs such as Live Below the Line, Global Citizen and The End of Polio.

1.4 Billion made an impression on the children of New Zealand after hearing presentations from Global Ambassador Daniela Ramos Castillejos (The Global Poverty Project, 2012).  Castillejos spoke on the importance of incorporating fair trade for produce in their country.  Low wages for workers and low prices established for produce sold meant many families were unable to feed their children, and when they could their meals weren’t healthy.  Children from the ages 5-14 became interested in discussing ways on how Fair Trade laws and policies would allow families to bring their produce to market at a fair price, thus allowing families to be able to afford buying healthier food.

The Global Poverty Project is an aggressive campaign to rid our world of extreme poverty.  Ending poverty levels the playing field and allows every child a healthy meal, a necessary tool for play, growth and learning.

 

References

http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/mar

http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/kiwi-children-take-the-lead/ke

http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/1-4-billion-reasons/#activities

One thought on “The Global Poverty Project

  1. Hi Lisa, I was unable to open the web site childhoodpoverty.org. I also researched New Zealand. I was surprised by the fact that as many as 25 percent of children or about 270,000 – currently live in poverty. The study I researched had some suggestions on how to address poverty in New Zealand. They want better care for pregnant women and child health services. They also endorsed early childhood programming for all children. I am glad to see globally the recognition of how important early childhood programming has become. I hope that governments fund more programs so additional children can attend early childhood programs.

    Reference
    Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. (2013). Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for action. Wellington: New Zealand. Children’s Commissioner.
    http://www.occ.org.nz/our-work/our-priorities/more-children-grow-up-with-access-to-adequate-resources/

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