On Thursday I was watching a program on the BBC iPlayer that stirred me to write the following blog post.
The programme was called Poor kids and can be found on : http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011vnls/Poor_Kids/
‘Poor kids’ is a Documentary tells the stories of some of the 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK. It is one of the worst child poverty rates in the industrialised world, and successive governments continue to struggle to bring it into line. So who are these children, and where are they living? Under-represented, under-nourished and often under the radar, 3.5 million children should be given a voice.
This powerful film does just that.
Child poverty is something you would never associate with the UK, although as data suggests it is something that we in the western world need to deal with. UNICEF states that the UK is the 18th out of 22 worst for children poverty and that within some areas there really are major problems (up to 70% of children living in poverty).
My own town of Leicester is reported to have 34% and we are classed as a good city! The BBC article states that; ‘Roughly half a million fewer children were in poverty in the UK in 2008-09 than was the case in 1998-99, according to government figures. The most recent figures calculate that 2.8 million children were living in poverty in the UK in 2008-09.’
I know this type of poverty exists and by any stretch of the imagination it is not the worst form, many developing countries poverty is actually a choice of life or death. But, it did stir a few emotions inside me and prompted me to write this post. When I watched the film it made be sad, but also humbled me as I work in a school that deals with many deprived children. I felt I was, and could make a difference and this spurred me to want to make more of a difference come September.A further report on child poverty by the BBC can be found on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-12965167
“Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.” Aristotle