We live in strange times. Technologically, we have tools at our disposal that were once reserved only for the wealthy. Companies and governments around the world have spent trillions of dollars to make sure that the mobile devices in our pockets are constantly connected to one another. With just a few taps, your mobile can connect to a phone down the street or a computer an ocean away.
And yet poverty surrounds us. We, or one of our neighbours, might be affected by poverty and, if we are lucky enough not to be affected, we’re never far removed from people in our community who lack the basic necessities they need to get by every day.
But poverty isn’t just about lacking basic needs such as food, healthcare, water and a decent income. There’s a new kind of poverty plaguing the world, and it’s affecting our children more than anyone.
It’s called “learning poverty.”