“Taking care of her sister when mom isn’t home “: because the mother must fight to get food and money to pay for school.
Poverty is cyclical. The best indicator of if a child will end up in poverty is if her parents live in poverty.
It’s pretty simple to understand: (1) Economic classes tend to segregate (2) Meaning poor people generally live clustered together (3) Meaning that their collective political clout degrades and rarely leads to improved access to resources and opportunities.
But there is one secret weapon underused, or deliberately neglected, in most communities around the world that can break this cycle: the education of girls & women.
Yes, it’s that simple. If girls & women around the world were given an education (a full education!), then poverty would not be so persistent.
Let me explain:
Imagine you’re a young girl living in a small village that doesn’t have access to clean water and sanitation, among many other things. There’s a good chance you’ll experience continual hunger, which, if experienced frequently before the age of 2, can lead to irreversible damage.
A schoolhouse is 10 miles away, but there is a small fee for each pupil. Your parents can only afford to send one of their children to learn at this school and since boys are deemed more valuable, your brother gets to walk there every day.
So you never learn how to read or write or how to do advanced arithmetic. You are forced to work long hours to help support your brother’s education.
Girl and women are important in the education of their children. That why,
“Support girls “