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Poverty: A personal choice or a reflection of society?

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What is Poverty?

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Overview of Video

The video, ‘What is Poverty’ mentions that poverty is not just some object or thing that can be measured tangibly. In order to explain this complex compact, we must step back and understand what exactly causes poverty. Poverty is manifested through the artificial barriers of separation. This creates an avenue of comparison among individuals and groups such as the have vs have nots, rich vs poor. 

While some argue that giving would help to bridge the gap between groups, this more often than not creates new walls. It is a mere restatement of the walls: my superiority is your shame and I have what you need. In this case, it is emotional or psychological poverty.

A more effective way to combat poverty is to emphasize the value of togetherness. It is more than just giving what we do not need for others but really needing what we cannot be just by ourselves. 

We should not let our brokenness lead to actions that build new walls. Consumers should be open to absorbing increased costs of product in order to better the working conditions of factory workers. There should be this universal emphasis on friendship and compassion for others. 

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This video brilliantly portrays a complex topic like poverty using minimalist and simple animation. It uses a visual depiction like physical walls to reveal the often emotional walls of separation felt by those stuck in the poverty cycle. Many times, global issues like Poverty and Climate Change are far more complex than just it seems and many of our suggestions are in fact stop-gap measures that further entrench or deepen the problems.

I must say that emphasizing a value and mindset shift towards togetherness is not an easy task too. The video identifies the root cause of poverty but shifts in the fixed mindsets of individuals require a momentous and generational change in communities and societies. Simply put, how do we convince someone that their perceptions are skewed when they think they are right?

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Open-ended Question

Do you agree that the poverty trap is unavoidable?

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News Articles


In our GP tuition, news articles would be provided to build up the current affairs knowledge of students. Students would be connected to real issues and learn to utilise these informative gems for their essay writing.



We will be making discussion on the following articles during our GP tuition classroom or online. The articles are as follow:

Why the poor are trapped into poor decision making | CNA

Why is there still poverty in America? | The Economist

Write a paragraph on how poverty surface in developed countries.

Flipside Notes


What’s about Flipside? For these structured notes, questions about the issue would be brainstormed and various perspectives on the issue would be provided. These notes are crafted in a manner so that students can identify the determining factors of perspectives which would help them in their essay development.




  1. Some policies to tackle poverty
    • Education
    • Economic
    • Technological advancement
  2. Strength and weaknesses of policies
Essay Outline + Model Essay


In our GP tuition, we are going through essay writing skills on how to create the structure for the following questions. Students need to understand how they can derive the key areas of writing and examples to apply in the context of this question. 




  1. Is it really possible for your society to achieve inclusiveness?
  2. People who are poor are the result of the problems of society and not the fault of their own. Do you agree?


Compre SAQ/ Summary/AQ


In this part of the gp tuition, students attempt the comprehension and understand the requirements of the various types of question. Students are also taught on how to read, extract and express the answer to fulfill the requirements of the different type of the questions



Comprehension SAQ: Racial Prejudice and Racism

Skill Development


This part of the lesson is to develop and upgrade the various essay writing skills and comprehension answering techniques.


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