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Child Poverty

Neriman Aral, Figen Gürsoy, Ece Özdoğan Özbal, Saliha Çetin Sultanoğlu, Sebahat Aydos, Selim Tosun, Tuğba Karaaslan and Gül Kadan

According to the annual UNICEF report «The State of the World’s Children», progress has been achieved in the fight against poverty, but the inequalities in children’s conditions still exist. With the data, those most at risk are identified, i.e. children who are least visible in the spotlight of public attention and suffer most from social isolation in the community. In order to develop every society should identify those who are most in need and should look for ways to support them. Both physical and emotional development of children living in socially disadvantaged areas should be supported and their access to basic needs should be facilitated.

This book presents the results of a project aiming at mapping child poverty in the Mamak district of Ankara. Taking the local conditions into consideration, an action plan has been developed to characterize the poverty experienced by the children living in the Mamak district and to generate solutions.

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Socio-economic causes such as unemployment, migration and illiteracy underlie the problem of child poverty. Child poverty significantly impacts children’s future and is a critical obstacle in the development of education and life standards. Growing up in poverty results in unfavorable outcomes in child development. Children’s education can be hindered while poverty leads to malnutrition and illness. Research on poverty does not only deal with the financial perspective, it also examines the social, cultural and emotional perspectives. The most effective way of preventing child poverty is educating and improving the social skills of both children and parents, and raising awareness on children’s rights. In this context, the children and the youth, who play the greatest role in the development of the country, should be supported and prepared for the future. Therefore, policymakers and researchers are tasked with a great responsibility to ensure the children and the youth do not face the threat of poverty.

Investigation of child poverty is necessary for raising awareness on the subject. Therefore, both physical and emotional development of children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods should be supported and their access to basic needs should be facilitated. In view of this perspective, an action plan was developed to characterize the poverty experienced by the children living in the Mamak district, to support their development, to discuss the extent of their victimhood and to generate solutions. Mamak is a metropolitan district of Ankara and 587.565 people live in Mamak according 2014 data. Mamak is an...

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