Child face of poverty: empty lunch box!

“I can’t take the child to school in the morning, he doesn’t want to go. He says if I put food in school I will go, no, what should I do or what should I keep?

“I put water in a plastic bottle. If it’s better than nothing, I put water next to it.”

“Recently, I could not send my son to school for a week. Because there was nothing in the house that I could put in the lunchbox. ”

These sentences are some interesting examples of Evval Sener from the Deep Poverty Network, which conducts research and research on poverty by showing the depth of poverty.

In almost every case, especially food and energy prices, low-income households are hit the hardest, according to ্কagla Wide in the Ilkses newspaper. While the number of families who cannot even meet the basic needs of their children is increasing, the impact of poverty on children is indescribably deepening. Families who can’t afford to send their children to school due to financial deprivation are crushed when they look at their empty lunch boxes.

The school shoots

Referring to the relationship between poverty and children’s education, Cheval Senar of the Deep Poverty Network said: , Shelter, and back burner to work in a safe job. In these families, where poverty is passed down from generation to generation, the resources allocated for continuing education are also seen as a luxury. For example, in a family where we had 5 children, all the children went to school and the father was a businessman. When the father is diagnosed with advanced cancer and all sources of income in the family are cut off, the first task of everyone in the family is to pick up the eldest child from school and send a trainee to a nearby barber, and send the other child to work every day. . Due to rising prices, inflation, epidemics and poverty, it is no longer possible to meet daily needs. Loss of daily income or decrease in daily income means more family members are working to earn income. According to our research, children also have to work in 13 percent of the households. In families or neighborhoods we visit, we see that all children who are at risk of dropping out of school due to poverty and social exclusion, even in pre-epidemic situations, have dropped out of school due to epidemics and economic crisis. Children who are unable to continue their education due to digital inequalities in distance learning have been excluded from school in the face-to-face learning process. ”

The cycle of poverty

Noting that families face many problems due to loss of materials during and after school enrollment, Senar said, “When face-to-face education started, many people approached us for necessities like uniforms, shoes and stationery for their children. Unfortunately, there were some babies who were sent home in the first week because they did not have uniforms. The family cannot get the requested material list from the school. The mothers would go and wait at the door for the ‘cheap’ school bags coming to the neighborhood market. They faced many problems during and after school admission due to missing materials. The people we interviewed said they used the food aid we sent to prepare the nutrition for the children and they could not meet the demand of the house. We know that all the children who are sent home from school due to illness go to school without breakfast and nutrition and suffer from malnutrition. Similarly, we believe that children with learning disabilities are being led to special education because their ‘learning disabilities’ are related to malnutrition. All of these factors increase the risk of children dropping out of school. Fifty percent of the parents interviewed in families with deep poverty are illiterate, compared to 42 percent for men. 70% of households have no adult with at least elementary education degree Even though we do not have a great education system, we think that completing basic education is important for the development and liberation of the individual. In addition to academic education, the school is a safe place for children to associate with their peers, make friends, establish social relationships and become independent. We know that children who drop out of school are at risk of working, getting married at a young age, not being able to get out of the cycle of poverty, not being able to secure secure employment opportunities in the future, and developing chronic diseases. Social exclusion and discrimination.

I can’t send it to school for a week because …

Esma Genkolu, 43, said she had difficulty meeting her child’s school needs and said, “My wife works in construction. He recently had a work accident, breaking his leg. Rested at home for a few days. But the phone came for a new job. He left because we needed money. We usually roast and eat tomatoes and peppers. Sometimes soup … sometimes we are hungry! I can’t cook my child’s favorite food. Recently, I was unable to send my son to school for a week. Because there was nothing to put in the lunchbox at home, ”he said.

Healthy nutrition must be provided

Noting that the crisis has deeply affected students, Nekati Kalafat, president of the Izmir branch of the Valley, said: “The economic crisis has deeply affected teachers and students. The cost of school travel has increased significantly in both public transport and shuttle fees. Half of the minimum wage goes to a family service allowance with 2 children. Even meeting the needs of our children at school like food and water has started to form an item in itself. Looking at the sensations we’ve received and the complaints we’ve made, many students don’t even have the money to buy food at school. Even basic tasks such as buying books for students’ academic and personal development, internet access for research, going to the movies and theaters are seen as luxurious expenses. Our children and students are the mirror of this society. Basic and healthy nutrition should be provided in schools. Students should be provided with free and comprehensive access to knowledge and industry. (Kagala Broad / Elexes Newspaper)

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