Poverty Essay

1167 Words5 Pages
Poverty and the Empowerment through Education Abstract We see an opportunity to do something incredible.” These were the words of Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco as she signed legislation in late November allowing the state of Louisiana to take over most ofNew Orleans’ schools. And she just may beright. Education could be one of the brightspots in New Orleans’ recovery effort, whichmay even establish a new model for school districts nationally. This is not to say that the current education situation in New Orleans is not dire; nor should it suggest that the district has a history as a lighthouse of excellence. Information is power. Informed citizens are better equipped to take advantage of opportunities, access services, exercise their rights, negotiate effectively, and hold state and nonstate actors accountable. Without information that is relevant, timely, and presented in forms that can be understood, it is impossible for poor people to take effective action. Information dissemination does not stop with the written word, but also includes group discussions, poetry, storytelling, debates, street theater, and soap operas—among other culturally appropriate forms—and uses a variety of media including radio, television, and the Internet. Laws about rights to information and freedom of the press, particularly local press in local languages, provide the enabling environment for the emergence of informed citizen action. Timely access to information in local languages from independent sources at the local level is particularly important, as more and more countries devolve authority to local government. References Hooyman, N. and Kiyak, A. (2008). Social Gerontology. Eight Edition, p.5, p. 245. Mosby, James (2009 October 31) InterviewU. S. National Library of Medicine (1997-2009)A.D.A.M.,

More about Poverty Essay

Open Document