Social Issue

Understanding Social Issues

  • Familiarise with the concept of poverty (la pauvreté), it means a lack of basic human needs including clean water, nutrition, healthcare, education, and shelter due to the inability to afford them.
  • Understand homelessness (le sans-abrisme), a significant social issue where individuals lack stable, safe, and adequate housing.
  • Learn about unemployment (le chômage), a state where people seeking work are unable to find it. Understand the negative effects on individuals and societies.
  • Recognise the struggles with education inequality (l’inégalité éducative), where every child does not have the same access or opportunity to receive a good education.
  • Understand discrimination (la discrimination) and racism (le racisme), prevalent social issues causing harm to individuals and society by treating them unfairly based on their race, age, gender, religion, etc.
  • Be aware of healthcare inequality (l’inégalité de soins de santé), a problem where there is unequal distribution of health resources resulting in uneven health outcomes among different populations.

Actions to Combat Social Issues

  • Understand the importance of fair trade (le commerce équitable), a trade that ensures farmers, workers and craftsmen in developing countries get a fair price for their products.
  • Know the importance of social support programs (les programmes de soutien social) providing assistance to the needy individuals to reduce poverty and homelessness.
  • Grasp the concept of equal employment opportunities (l’égalité des chances en matière d’emploi) to fight unemployment, promoting hiring that doesn’t discriminate based on race, age or gender.
  • Familiarise with the principles of inclusive education (l’éducation inclusive) as a strategy to combat education inequality, by ensuring that all students, irrespective of their abilities, attend and are welcomed in their neighbourhood schools.
  • Understand that anti-discrimination laws (les lois anti-discrimination) prevent instances of discrimination and racism by imposing penalties for such actions.
  • Be aware of universal healthcare (la santé universelle) endeavouring to provide healthcare resources to all people, addressing the healthcare inequality by providing access to care without financial hardship.