Poverty has been a contentious issue for a long time. It is apparent that many people have been subjected to it as a result of various circumstances ranging from failure by the government to devise mechanisms of avoiding, reducing or eradicating poverty. In this regard, it is arguable that poverty is a social issue that can be eliminated if necessary measures are put in place.
Rationale for poverty
White and Tony (23) argued that poverty occurs as a result of failed governance that is manifested in various sectors of the economy. For instance, Watt (111) pointed out that lack of education or low quality education leads to poverty. The facets of education are highly connected to poverty since different tenets of avoiding poverty are entailed in various professions that denote are achieved through education.
Poverty is critical concern since it leads to other social problems. Hebel et al (69) argued that many instances of crime occur in areas affected by poverty. Poor people have to look for means of climbing the social ladder especially when they feel that the gap between them and the rich is increasing day by day. In light of this, some people find themselves engaged in different crimes just to earn a living. Watt (120) pointed out that some people venture into drug related activities including trafficking, and other related ills.
Studies have documented that misuse of drugs is correlated to crime. The bigger percentage of people in prison has been involved in drugs or drug business. A study conducted by White and Killick (24) indicated that, the probability of people committing crime is high when they are under the influence of drugs that those that are not. In a different dimension, incentives induced to reduce the level of poverty are considered indispensable in such situations.
Hebel, et al. (74) argued that lack of these incentives highly contribute to high levels of poverty. For instance, local based projects have been found to help people engage in productive ways that would make them earn a living. Many poor people have been found to lack the capacity or the necessary infrastructure to make a living. For instance, poor people living in agricultural areas might lack the necessary modern farming knowledge that can enable them improve their agricultural practices. Lack of proper education on the latest technology involved in increase far outputs can be argued to be a major problem to such people. In addition, governments fail to provide necessary infrastructure such as good roads and other communication means that can enable farmers’ access markets.
Conversely, although some people have successful means of conducting various businesses, some of them lack entrepreneurial knowledge on how they can invest. Most of them live in a life of “from hand to mouth”, which makes them lack means of saving from what they earn. It is also evident that such people suffer as a result of poor governance that tend to discriminate them especially in regard to sharing of national and local resources. People living in poverty are easily exploited by the rich and the ruling class. During elections, they are manipulated by their leaders by being offered money so that they can vote for them. Therefore, they end up electing wrong people to lead them. Such leaders do not involve in development agendas of their electorate.
The importance of participating in civil education workshop
Civil education workshop will play an indispensable role in regard to equipping me with strategies of helping my local people in reducing the level of poverty. For instance, political participation education will help in mobilizing citizens in influencing them to make informed decisions when electing their leaders based on merits. This way, the citizens will be sure of having leaders that put their interests first rather than those who take leadership positions for their own benefits (Hebel et al 80)
The workshop will also equip me with the knowledge of civil voluntarism. This could entail encouraging the leaders to convene meetings shared by different professionals with the intent of inspiring, motivating and educating the citizens. Some workshops can also be organized to educate the citizens about various skills that they can apply to improve their lives. Additionally, the workshop will equip me with the knowledge that would help in mobilizing people to participate in community development programs. For instance, climatically changes have been found to highly contribute to poverty due to low farm produce associated with unreliable rain patterns. Some of the activities that can be initiated include planting of trees as well as environmental cleaning processes (White and Tony 30)
With such deliberations, local people will highly benefit from the information and different initiatives that will have emanated from the workshop. Different projects and initiatives will be geared towards eradicating poverty. Lack of information can lender people to continue being in poverty. In this regard, it would be indispensable of people are empowered through information.
Hebel, Jutta et al. Poverty Alleviation: Concepts and Experiences; Focused on Indonesian Cases ; Proceedings of International Seminar August 9th, 2003 and Series of Discussion on Poverty Alleviation 2003. Göttingen: Cuvillier, 2004. Print.
Watt, Patrick. Social Investment and Economic Growth: A Strategy to Eradicate Poverty. Oxford: Oxfam, 2000. Print.
White, Howard, and Tony Killick. African Poverty at the Millennium: Causes, Complexities, and Challenges. Washington, D.C: World Bank, 2001. Print.