Commenting on Blogs

Aaron’s Blog

After reading Aaron’s blog, I realized that poverty is the main issue that inhibits the potential of many young children across the world. Another main point is that this is common in middle and low-income economies (Walker, Wachs, Grantham-McGregor, Black, Nelson, Huffman, … & Gardner, 2011). I believe that living in a developed country provides us with the notion that every child across the globe lives well and accesses education, which is not the case. What stood out from this blog is that when children face issues in their tender age, they are likely to experience more problems in their adulthood since they would have missed out on learning opportunities. When one does not go to school, getting lucrative jobs would be a significant issue.

This blog has many aspects in common with mine. For instance, while you talked about poverty, I gave a specific example of the situation in India whereby children struggle with inadequate education and congestion. These are caused by rising poverty levels which would affect their future in one way or the other (Engle, Fernald, Alderman, Behrman, O’Gara, Yousafzai,… & Iltus, 2011).I, therefore, think that low and middle-income countries witness a high number of such related cases.

In this blog, you providedthe readers with accurate statistics to help them put into perspective the issues facing many children in developing countries. I also tried to concentrate on the problems facing children in India even though I tried to touch on as many as possible to give the audience a more precise picture of that effect. I believe that there are similar intervention measures that we included in the two blogs regarding setting aside enough resources to eradicate poverty since education is the key to success.For instance, the Bangladeshi case you provide shows how policymakers have come up with the ‘Sisimpur’ program, which is an equivalent of the sesame street intervention technique. This has ensured that children access equitable and quality education.I also think that if better foundations are set up for children across the world, it will be easier to serve them.

Jessica’s Blog

Having chosen to focus on the issues facing children in India, it is evident that the blog is highly informative. What stood out is the figures provided to explain the high number of children who live in poverty and how this would impact their future in many ways. It is clear that a family is a crucial unit in every society and it needs a lot of empowerment so that it safeguards the future of the young generation.

Your blog shares the same thing with my write-up since it has illuminated the hindrances to childhood development in the country. As indicated in the class presentation, poverty has intergenerational effects which need to be ironed out by providing lasting solutions. For instance, low education among children would lead to poor care among grownup mothers in the future (Lecture Notes).

In this blog, you focused on the family programs to deal with the issues facing children such as inadequate learning opportunities. As indicated by 2007 Lancet, more than 200 million children grapple with poverty and this would affect their future. I also hold a similar claim based on the information I provided in my blog. I believe that the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) that is offered in your blog as an intervention program in family level is productive since it takes into consideration the aspects of childhood development to ensure that they grow well and prepare for a better future.

References

Britto, P. R., Lye, S. J., Proulx, K., Yousafzai, A. K., Matthews, S. G., Vaivada, T., … & MacMillan, H. (2017). Nurturing care: promoting early childhood development. The Lancet389(10064), 91-102.

Engle, P. L., Fernald, L. C., Alderman, H., Behrman, J., O’Gara, C., Yousafzai, A., … & Iltus, S. (2011). Strategies for reducing inequalities and improving developmental outcomes for young children in low-income and middle-income countries. The Lancet378(9799), 1339-1353.

Lecture Notes. Reducing Inequalities and Improving Developmental Outcomes for Young Children in Low and Middle Income Economies.

Richter, L. M., Daelmans, B., Lombardi, J., Heymann, J., Boo, F. L., Behrman, J. R., … & Bhutta, Z. A. (2017). Investing in the foundation of sustainable development: pathways to scale up for early childhood development. The lancet389(10064), 103-118.

Walker, S. P., Wachs, T. D., Grantham-McGregor, S., Black, M. M., Nelson, C. A., Huffman, S. L., … & Gardner, J. M. M. (2011). Inequality in early childhood: risk and protective factors for early child development. The lancet378(9799), 1325-1338.

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