How to overcome inequalities
I started to study at DRH Lindersvold in February 2017.
These 6 months I have learned many things from study tasks about the poor. Especially I learned that working with poverty is a complex issue. Before I starting to study this topic, I didn’t consider the background of poverty.
There is poverty in many places. The situation of the poor depends on the place. It is not just because people are lazy.
Poverty in some areas is related to environmental issues such as global warming, which is a phenomenon that has been pushed over the edge by developed countries. Poverty relates to history, the 'free' market of today's world, unfair trade, neo-liberalism and neo-colonialism… etc.
When I studied about global economic inequalities, I discussed and considered with my teammates about 3 ways to overcome inequality:
1. Education about money and the currency system in the world today. This information should be more transparent and available. It would affect people’s decision to vote according to the politics of economics and welfare.
2. Education about resources and materials. It is very important for people to know the structure and tactics of the capitalist society. Rich countries tend to prioritize only their own interests, and not consider the environment for all human beings. We should find solutions not to exploit the resources of poor countries but to find sustainable methods.
3. Technology could enable changes from the impossible to possible such as long distance learning. It could benefit and enhance quality of life for many.
These 3 issues are all connected to education.
The poor do not get enough education due to being poor, and at the same time they are poor because they do not get enough education. Thus, a large foundation for being poor relates with lack of education.
Furthermore, people from developed countries should know the actual costs of material and resources (both economic and human). They should know that millions of poor people are being exploited.
In conclusion to overcome inequalities we think the poor need education to overcome and average people need education about how poor countries are exploited.
We have to fight with the reasons for the poverty and to do so we need to know about and therefore study about it. We want to know why the poor are poor and what makes poor conditions for the country and community.
This is what I have learned from my study tasks about the poor.