Poverty is a major problem in many households in Wentworth. The gap is widening between the haves and the have not’s. The socio-economic status of children and their families has a profound effect on children’s education, even in a country that prides itself on equal opportunity and fair treatment for all.
Before her sudden death, in May last year, Blanche Hutchinson of Barney And Friends Educare School expressed her sentiment that ‘no child should be left out’ of the education system, because of lack.
“The majority of poor children come from families headed by a single female parent, or grandparents. Unemployment is a factor in poverty for some, but many are employed and still live below the poverty line.
Parents of children living in poverty often struggle to provide them with enough quality food and early childhood education. Children living in poverty often come to school without having had enough sleep and without having had breakfast. They often experience family violence, abuse, secondhand smoke, neglect, and inadequate clothing. They may not be able to pay for field trips or other extracurricular activities that might expand their experience base; she said.
This is the frightening reality for millions of children. Homelessness is another step down the ladder of poverty. It is a very real problem faced by a number of children. Many homeless families live in shelters. With one income and high rent and living expenses, many families are just one emergency away from disaster.
She urged the local business community to please come on board and help solve these problems. Last year Defy donated much needed appliances, for which she was extremely grateful.
Ensuring every child’s well-being today, is the best way of securing robust economies tomorrow. If we want our economies to thrive, we need a pipeline of human capital that can think critically and problem-solve. The foundations of these abilities are built in early childhood.
Barney And Friends can be reached at: 0727134118
By: Lorraine Richards