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Our Cause, Child Poverty

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Ethiopia currently has the second largest population in Africa with over 112 million population. According to Demographic Dividend, from the total population, 42% of Ethiopia’s population is under the age of 15. Although Ethiopia has been demonstrating to have one of the largest economically booming countries in the world, it remains to be one of the top underdeveloped countries for providing quality education. Regardless of the vast economic growth Ethiopia has displayed in the past several years, it continues to be one of the least developed countries in the world, ranking 173rd among 189 countries in the United Nations’ Human Development Index according to the report of World Education News and Reviews. As result, millions of kids in the rural areas continue to lack basic educations nor have the basic necessary fundamentals to further their educations.

However, this issue is not an isolated incident that persists in Ethiopia alone. Although America being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, approximately 11 million kids live under poverty. That means 1 in 7 kids live in poverty and makeup a third of the total population that live in poverty. Consequentially, there are millions of kids every day that lack the necessities to receive or to complete basic education. According to the publishing of Center for American Progress, in 2019, 14.4% of all children under the age of 18 were living under the official poverty measure. Approximately 6% of children were living in deep poverty. Children of color across most racial categories tend to be the biggest victims of living under poverty than white children. The U.S. Department of Education also concurs and continues to state in depth the child poverty issue in America leads to be the major issue that renders students from furthering their educations and receiving a college education. As result, most children that grow up in poverty are more likely to continue to be adults living under poverty. Furthermore, they are more likely to have kids of their own that will grow up in poverty as well.

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