Poverty suffered by children in Turkey is still a huge problem!

Poverty suffered by children in Turkey is still a huge problem!

According to the data of OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) the number of poor children in Turkey has increased in recent years.

Regarding to the OECD findings, when a child has to live under 50% of average income it means he is in poverty so in Turkey, one in four children is growing in poor family.

My very respective readers: you know as a chairman of Kay Ders centered in Kayseri we contribute to education of poor children, coordinate welfare work among public and meet the needs of people through this work.

I am also a member of the Platform for International Peace and Fellowship, a sister organization. You may say why I share all these things with you, my readers. We are doing the human-centered activities; we detect the problems mostly on site, put our suggestions to table and try to solve them as a non-governmental organization. We remind relevant authorities as the address of solution about their duty in the issues beyond us and try to seek the rights of poor children.

As the Kayseri Province Representative of Journal of International Civil Initiative I have noted that OECD, of which Turkey is a member, published current social justice report at the end of last year. According to the research conducted between OECD countries (member states including Turkey) Turkey is among the countries having the highest rate of child poverty. The report also includes relevant data, comments and the reasons for being last in line.
First as a person then as a son of this country I think our children do not deserve poverty and I feel depressed. I’m sure that you’ll be sorry when you follow up article then you will be prompted to do something for many poor children around.

Daniel Schraad-Tischler, project manager for proof based policy strategies in the Bertelsmann Foundation is explaining the main results of present study between OECD countries. He commented on how Turkey take last place in OECD research the content of which is mainly the study of social justice
What we need to understand the mention of “Justice Index”. How justice be measured?

Daniel Schraad-Tischler: It has always been argued what social justice means to society and what degree of justice is required. OECD – Index research is based on the concept “participatory justice”. Since we think that the concept is open to compromise and sustainable in the long term we look at the opportunities provided for the communities of 31 countries. But we’re not interested in equal opportunities on paper but index 5.

They are:
1- Prevention of poverty
2- Access to education
3- Inclusion of labor force in the market
4- Social consistency and equality
5- Access to equality between generations.
The first three dimensions are very important and serious. Each of these dimensions compose a line together with qualitative indications.

What do you think about Turkey’s results compared to other 31 OECD countries?

Daniel Schraad-Tischler: Turkey has taken impressive steps in terms of economy and the rule of law in recent years. But social policy indicators play a role in the first stage of our ranking. When we take and compare them as a basis, we see greater deficiencies in some other areas in Turkey.

According to figures studied by OECD, child poverty is still a big issue in Turkey. For example, the public investment in preschool education is very important that it is the key for equal opportunities. If we look at resources to compare Turkey in these areas we find many gaps. Some of the biggest shortcomings is that there are no the measures taken to prevent poverty, access to better education is not valid for everyone and there is social inequality. there are other important deficiencies in Turkish education system. There are also teacher-training deficiencies in Turkish education system as well as some strong regional differences

Overall employment rate is the lowest among all OECD countries.
Women are paid less than men in labor market. In spite of this there are positive results. BIP (Inland Burutto Produkt) – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data is 62% in OECD countries while it is 52% in Turkey. It shows that the load of next generation is less.
Commenting on the outcome of this research it is important to calculate the long term and not to ignore national situation. Turkey is taking very important steps but in order to reach other OECD countries’ social standards she needs more time.

As the Representative of International Civilian Initiative Newspaper in Kayseri Province and the Head chief of Kay Ders Association, I’d like to state that volunteer students from Erciyes University are educating secondary school (6 -7 -8th grade) students who cannot take courses because of poverty free of charge within Association. I want to share one of my interviews with the families of children receiving classroom services free of charge. Heart touching comments derived from the answers of the question “‘what is your educational and economic problems?’” asked to mothers of those children. Aynur Torcu, 38-year-old mother of three children said:
My husband is construction worker and you would know that they do not have many working opportunities in winter season so they are lack of income. We cannot meet the needs of children. We can find meat in our kitchen during Bayram once in a year if somebody brings it to us. We can only buy clothes once in a year on the opening of schools because of necessity. For this reason our children has psychological issues for wearing old and torn shoes compared to schoolmates. Only this situation is enough to prevent my child to be adapted to classes. When other problems are added how can poor children be successful? I am a tenant I cannot afford to send my kids to their classroom and pick them up.

Allah will be pleased with this association as they give poor children a chance without subjecting them to pre-exam.

Such organizations need to spread everywhere in Turkey.

It is a blessing for a family who cannot even provide basic services

What can be the solution of this problem for you?
My husband is insured just on the construction season, other times he is out of insurance.
Why don’t they give children allowances to those insured? Minimum wage is not enough for anyone and anything, especially for families with low income tenants. Children allowances must be given to those insured. This is the emulsion for the bleeding wounds. I think it’s absurd not to allow children’s money because of insurance! There should not be such a difference. The salary received is already certain. The needs of student are very important. There should be an unconditional system transferring student money to support poor and low income families from primary to tertiary schools. I am ready to give my husband’s salary to MPs. I don’t think they can survive for a month. I as a mother will ask neither a solution nor anything. I could not pay electricity bill. My electricity will be cut off tomorrow or maybe today

Is there anything else you want to say?
If our Prime Minister reads and learns what I say and I would like to tell him that I love him very much and I want to talk to him on the phone once.






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