Poor neighborhood, poor fate?

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Poor neighborhood, poor fate?




Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful women in the world, was insisted by her grandmother that she learn housework well, because it was "what touched" poor people like them.


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Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful women in the world, was insisted by her grandmother that she learn housework well, because it was “what touched” poor people like them.


There is a kind of universal “curse” according to which, if we are born in a poor neighborhood, our “destiny” will be inextricably linked to poverty.

We should refuse to accept such an approach, although not without first analyzing the causes and possible solutions.

An investigation of the universities of Valencia and Castellón (Spain), on the role of social class, education and unemployment of parents in the development of children, concluded that the “academic level of the mother” and “work of the father ”have the greatest weight in the future of the son.

The neuroscientist Mario Fernández, quoted by the newspaper “El País”, explains that the plasticity of the child’s brain makes it “very sensitive to environmental conditions, for good and for bad.”

Science warns that adverse family and socio-economic environments influence people’s aspirations and goals. Then, the responsibility of governments and institutions in creating opportunities and conditions for all is important. However, this is not a sentence written in stone.

No matter how complicated the panorama may be, where we were born or lived, there is always an individual component to explore.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful women in the world, was insisted by her grandmother that she learn housework well, because it was “what touched” poor people like them.

Oprah was born in a small town in Mississippi, the daughter of a poor single mother. At the same time, her grandmother, who could only offer her dresses made of potato sacks and corncob dolls, taught her to read at the age of three and fostered that great habit in the future star.

There are many other cases worthy of study, for their capacity for inspiration. From fashion star Ralph Lauren, who grew up in the Bronx; Oscar winner Halle Berry, who slept in a homeless shelter; to the co-founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, who needed subsidies to feed himself.

Despite the statistics, they and many others overcame their own barriers and conquered the world. His story has not been an easy one, like that of anyone in circumstances of poverty and exclusion.

For this reason, collective responsibility invites us to create leadership programs for the empowerment of children and adolescents. And the individual, not to wait for anyone to solve our problems and design our own destiny.

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