(Cause analysis essay)
Did you know that according to a UN report, more than 1.5 billion people are living on 1.25 dollars a day and more than 3 billion people make do on 2.5 dollars a day? Did you know that 8 people out of 10 live on less than 10 dollars a day? Did you also know that the richest 20% own 75% of the world’s wealth?
Discuss the reasons why the world is failing to eradicate or at least reduce poverty. Before you do so, you will need to do some serious research and make notes as you were taught to do while writing summaries. It is recommended that you check the UN, Oxfam and Amnesty International websites while reading up on the issue. Your teacher will announce the day on which you should bring your notes to class. On the said day, you will be given some general points which you will not be able to develop unless you have done your research.
1. Lack of political will (Oxfam)
2. A disregard for the problem of unemployment ( Mary Robinson; UN)
3. The irresponsible attitude of wealthy countries concerning poverty ( Mary Robinson; UN)
4. A disregard for human rights – specially the rights of the suffering and impoverished (Amnesty International)
Note to the teacher: This is a seriously advanced writing task that is suited to advanced classes anytime, intermediate classes in the second term and pre intermediate classes towards the end of the second term. You have been warned.