It’s Child Poverty? The Role of Parents (QandO Pt3): Part 3 – Kuwait
by Elaine Higgins, Ed.D.
KUWAIT CITY, April 28: This has been the thrust of programmes put forth by the State and private institutions for the betterment of children, parents and the community. The success of such programmes can be seen by the rapid development and economic development of women and their fields. For example, 25 percent of MBBS or Pharmacy doctors now hold their degrees in pre-NCCT mode. Women in Kuwait are accessing higher education through new programs such as “Safeguarding our Future in the Workforce”. Increasingly, the negative effects of poverty in Kuwait should not be written off and is no longer being completely ignored.
Most children do not know their parents’ affluence, but they do know, whether deliberately or unintentionally, what and whom to blame when life doesn’t go according to plan. According to data compiled from UNICEF 2016 report on Pre-school Care,
62 percent of Kuwaiti children (up to five years of age) never talk about their parents’ wealth, and half of those in the same age group only talk about their relatives, rather than their parents. This is in line with UNICEF 2017 study that says social norms drive children’s attitudes towards family wealth.
We believe the same is true for parents with low levels of income. Education and resources are better off for children when their parents are on their way up and they are also on their way down. Parents who are finding it difficult to make ends meet and offer their children a better life become mentors and role models for the next generation. Both children and parents gain enormously from the benefits of joint endeavors and collaboration.
Multi-sector initiatives, including school lunches and child care centres, are designed to form a positive relationship between children and their parents. This relationship is strengthened when the parents themselves are making positive contributions, both in their own time and also through their children.
Studies show that children with adults who become “agents of change” are less likely to be antisocial, non-productive, or misbehave in school, or drop out. Such well-meaning initiatives are important and essential to reducing the root causes of poverty. However, we must not forget that poverty is a systemic problem and there is not a single simple solution that will work for all. The chain of poverty begins with its start in the home and continues with the family, neighborhood, community, government, education, and the workforce. All of these may need to change. Social-economic indicators in Kuwait should be counted in order to shed light on this systemic issue. When these indicators are counted for the entire community, the numbers change and instead of being an issue that only impacts people below the poverty line, it becomes an issue that impacts everyone.
Perhaps by avoiding an inevitable negative impact that a single policy would have on the individual, the consequences of that policy might become less daunting and impactful over time.
This article was published on PREVNET news website. It is not an official record and has not been authenticated by the State. The author can be contacted via email at MindShift [email protected]