ERIC Number: ED352446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
Education, Poverty and Insecurity. A New Social Contract To Restore the Dignity of the Very Poor and Strengthen General Solidarity.
The chains that link economic, social, cultural, and other factors to produce poverty need to be broken. The number of poor people has increased: one European in eight lives below poverty thresholds. New social categories are affected; the proportion of adults of working age is rising. The new poverty is also different because of its geographical location and concentration in cities. Financial poverty is exacerbated by numerous other factors--inadequate schooling, lack of vocational skills, family size, and health problems. If poverty is regarded as a social construct, a powerful connection is found among a low income based on public assistance, confinement to certain types of housing and certain types of economy, and a lower life expectancy. A deficient education is a consequence of poverty that means less power. As workers become less interchangeable, the mechanisms of social protection prove unable to cope. Long-term unemployment combines in a different way the various elements along the road toward poverty, which is the process of growing insecurity. Social mechanisms contribute to living for the moment. Reorganization of the system of social agents has resulted in a new division of social work. Charitable organizations and educators are now being involved in preparation and implementation of solutions. Education must be integrated into a long-term comprehensive action. More types of partnerships are needed, action should be decentralized, and the very poor and the economically insecure must be seen as active partners. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Adults, Disadvantaged Environment, Dislocated Workers, Economic Factors, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Potential, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Illiteracy, Poverty, Poverty Programs, Role of Education, Social Agencies, Social Responsibility, Unemployment, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).