WHAT IS THE MAJOR DRIVER OF POVERTY IN LDCS? The general factor of wealth is those who attain a proper education are the most candidates for wealth and prosperity, while those who attain poor or no education are the biggest candidates for poverty, holding other factors constant.
The Cycle of poverty in developing countries, holds that;
Holding other factors constant, the poor in society produce children and can not afford them a descent education. Eventually, these children either do not go to school, or go to very poor schools and most do not complete school. The illiterates and school drop outs later settle to a life of peasantry and in turn become poor parents, who produce poor children and educate them in poor schools, and cycle continues.
On the other hand, the virtuous cycle of prosperity has it that the rich produce children, send them to acquire a descent education, they join tertiary institutions, become skilled, join the job market with high paying incomes, and become rich, produce children and send them to acquire a descent education, and the cycle continues.
In due consideration of the above cycles, it is quite imminent that the poor will remain and their descendants will be poor, while the rich shall remain so and so shall their future generations. It creates a situation related to the one that was documented in the constitution of Carolina; Let the children of leet-men be leet-men and so to all generations.
If the cycle continues, the income gap continues to widen, and this may bring up an undesirable duo economy; where one class is inherently wealthy, rich and classic, while the other class is languishing in poverty, want, backwardness, ill health and starvation. We acknowledge that already we have such classes, and further inaction may further the class division. At the height of such generational income and social inequities, comes an absolute despair among the poor citizens and civil strife may arise from there uninvited.
Holding in mind that education is the ultimate guarantor of prosperity and wealth accumulation, and considering the fact that Education is commercialized and the poor and marginalized have limited or no access to the basic education to acquire skills, there is need to solve the problem of acquisition of knowledge and skills.
This calls for a direct state intervention to break the barbarous cycle of poverty and backwardness, by ensuring equal acquisition of knowledge and skills.
AND IS AN ALL INCLUSIVE EDUCATION THE SOLE ANSWER TO POVERTY AND BACKWARDNESS?
The answer is NO. Whereas the barbarous cycle of poverty stresses that education is major determinant and focuses all its forces on inclusivity and exclusivity, statistics have shown that even in the presence of people who have attained that education in African countries, the conditions have slightly improved. This calls for a shiner torch into the components of the education system itself.