Who should take the responsibility for children’s education?

The research of ‘Representations of Poverty in British newspaper: A case of ‘othering’ the threat?’ has explained British newspapers normally prefer to attribute the responsibility to individual on the domestic problem while they usually think failed governmental elements are leading to the foreign poverty.This distinction exists in the children education problem as well.

When comparing reports regarding of children education problem in UK and Nepal on The Guardian, there is an obvious difference in the attribution of responsibility.

Among a series of The Guardian’s reports about child labour in Nepal, the article ‘How Nepal is trying to solve its blood brick problem’ explicitly points out that the Federation of Nepal Brick Industries, national government and International donors (or businesses) are all accountable for this issue. For instance, ‘Political will to change the status quo is also lacking’ or ‘…within the industry, there remains a reluctance to acknowledge that a problem exists’.

However, when referring to the domestic unequal children education, The Guardian normally attributes the responsibility to the poor families. For example, the report ‘Supporting low-income parents early on will improve children’s life chances’ reveals that ’…. working-class children can end up getting least out of the classroom even with the best intentions of teachers’.

In conclusion, this difference is just a developed country’s tool to separate itself from the poverty or the imbalanced education which are thought to be the characteristics of developing countries.


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