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Yunus owns a fabric store in Blantyre, Malawi. The store was founded by his grandfather, who immigrated to Malawi in 1927, and has now been in his family for three generations. Business is good, Yunus said, but that the cost of essential services like electricity and water has gone up since his grandfather and father owned the store. Even so, he remains optimistic.
 
Marija Bosheva is a student at an agriculture and forestry vocational high school in Kavadarci, Macedonia. Like many high school students around the world, she takes daily lessons in history, math, biology, and chemistry. However, unlike many of her peers, she is also studying oenology — the art of making wine.
 
Are you carrying on a family tradition, like Yunus? Do you work or study in an entirely new field that didn’t exist when your parents were your age? How has life changed for you compared to your parents or grandparents when they were your age, and how do you see your children’s lives and possibilities compared to your own?  Are you in the same position vis a vis your peers as your parents were vis a vis theirs?
 
Share your story, using the hashtag #InheritPossibility.  

How to participate

It’s simple. Tell us your story in two to three sentences and post a picture with your family using the hashtag #InheritPossibility on your Twitter or Instagram account. 
 
Maybe you are the first one in your family to attend college, or the first one to migrate to the city for work. Perhaps you have a different kind of job than your parents had—maybe even one that didn’t exist when they were your age. 
 
Or perhaps, things have become more difficult for you, and you have concerns about your or your children’s future. Maybe you have fewer opportunities than your parents or grandparents did, or you see rising inequality impacting your chances for a quality education and a good job.
 
Whatever your story, we’d love to hear it; we’ll feature it here alongside others from across the world.

Why are we talking about this now?

We kicked off a global conversation on economic mobility across generations last October on End Poverty Day, previewing new evidence that the prospects of too many people are still too closely tied to their parents’ social status rather than their own potential. We found that increases in education from generation to generation have stalled over the last half-century, which has real consequences for growth, inequality, and poverty reduction today and for the next generation. After all, doesn’t everyone deserve a fair chance at success?
 
The full report will come out on May 10, covering not only a wealth of global data on intergenerational mobility, but also looking at some of the drivers of and constraints to economic mobility from generation to generation.
 
But we know that data and analysis only paint part of the picture. The stories you share will help complement what we’re seeing on paper with what’s happening on the ground, and hopefully spark a global conversation on how poverty and inequality are passed down, what that means for the future, and how countries of all kinds can break that vicious cycle.
 
Need some inspiration? Check out a selection of stories from all over the world that might spark some ideas and motivate you to join the #InheritPossibility conversation. 
 
So, what’s your story?

Authors

Venkat Gopalakrishnan

Online Communications Officer, Poverty and Equity Global Practice

Maura K. Leary

Communications Lead, Office of the Chief Executive Officer, The World Bank Group

Join the Conversation

Giteshrana
April 30, 2018

Hi,yes there's a generation gap b/w us & our parents as science & technology know days r more developed than past day's & also we know that in recent future our children w'ld get more out of it..

Oladimeji Salihu
May 03, 2018

First one in my family to be an engineer,my grand father was a farmer and my Dad a civil servant.

Malachi
May 03, 2018

My mum bore me in a room, my dad raised me in two rooms, they were meant to live me together but death stole daddy away and now I’m fighting the pressure to live for my children.

Ayodele M.Odutola
May 03, 2018

I admire the topic.It is very true.I happen to be the first to have college education in my family.

Ekong Imona
May 03, 2018

I am from Nigeria and have inherited a legacy of service to humanity. My grandparents were in the public service as well as my parents. Incidentally, I had watched my home town grow from a semi urban setting to a fast growing cosmopolitan town. Social media has brought both positive and negative disruptions .Knowledge is democratized as we enjoy a global village compared to the quiet life style we knew. Family ties are not so communal as when we were growing up. I look forward to instilling values and good morals in my children as inherited by me and y siblings.

Babucarr jassey
May 03, 2018

I am a registered nurse now working with ministry of health and social welfare, Medicare clinic and doing my bachelors in science of nursing and midwifery. I took a study leave with the government, night duties at Medicare clinic four nights per week and attending lectures in the morning four days a week. I am married with a daughter at 3 years old. I now have my own vehicle and a compound and taking part of my parents responsibilities. With all these my economic needs are not met while my grandfather was a driver under President's office and was able to feed eleven of his children and educate eight of them send one to Sweden to support him and this one is still in Sweden with only and child and no compound, he now has arthritis.

Prince Bright S Akinola
May 03, 2018

I have opportunities than my parents; none of my parents study human rights before, I am the first person study and teaching about Human Rights Culture in School/Classroom, to developing students’ ability to resolve conflict with Conflict Resolution Skills for Teens and Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom.  The goal is to create a safe container where everyone’s voice is heard and needs are taken into consideration, it make me has an exchange programme with United Nations to attending conference onimplementation of the MDGs' strategies and the Transformation Agenda need to focus onrising unemployment, partnership for more and better jobs for young people, in support of End unemployment against youth education and other progressive onEmpowering Young Women and Men for Self Employment. I start Crafts and Vocational Training with Young Women and Men for Self Employment over 10,000 youths have benefitted from Crafts and Vocational Skill Training and earning income and supporting their families, from the skills so acquired. Great opportunities than my parents. #InheritPossibility @YouthAssembly @TheYouthAssembly

Ajeet Singh Mac
May 03, 2018

I have lived a life of soldiering in Indian Army as a graduate engineer wearing the rank of a Major in corps of EME. I am a blogger & shared my real life experience in 28 blogs posted on my website which are facilitating the youth to make a head start in life & realize their hidden potential.
www.fleeky.one
It is having over 500 hits daily from seekers of truth since last year & have become rational in their thought process resulting in enjoying a blissful way of life as a good human being............LOVE

Ms Nilanjana Sanyal
May 03, 2018

#InheritPossibility I, Ms Nilanjana Sanyal (India) am a writer and a concerned global citizen as also someone who has (over a period of more than a decade) seen the immense pain and suffering of a mental health disability.The associated stigma has been tremendous, greatly impairing my mobility, both economic and even otherwise. I have nevertheless continued to nurture a firm commitment to my primary cause, young people, who believe are the future of our planet. I believe, most certainly, that if I had less restricted economic mobility and the kind of travel support I needed, my life would have been different and I could make a difference, @YouthAssembly

Alli
May 04, 2018

It is sad that life is more difficult now than the ones lived by my ancestors and reasons are based on the country where I live. Nigeria, though rich in oil and other natural resources, still faced with many challenges.

Daniel Kwabena OTENG
May 04, 2018

My father and mother finished senior and junior secondary school respectively but I crossed to the University and just had my MBA. The opportunities have been amazing. I am able to do now the things they achieved in their retiring ages.

Muhammad zeshan
May 04, 2018

My life story is different from my parents because my grandpa never goes to school they face the crisis of indo-pak independency and my father never go to university and another town. now I am stable due to their hard work and now I am in university and getting education related to medical field. hop so my future is more bright and I support my family and my country

manraj singh uppal
May 05, 2018

I belong to Punjab state of India. My grandfather use to walk 23 kilometer daily to attend his school. His physical home work was more than academic. Till 12 th he never got access to any electric bulb what to talk about mobile data.
Today after 55 years, a move in AC Car, 24 hour access to internet, all physical comforts and lot of digital entertainment. He is more happy ans healthy than our generation

sanogo adama
May 06, 2018

greetings. my father was a government official in Ivory Coast so an intellectual unlike my mother who was only the second class of the primary school was forced to remove the school to monitor the cattle and maintain the flocks but I am realized that my father from my childhood to this day has always always refused to participate in our education. my mother has always had an affection for the western school. she never tired of listening to me when it came to buying documents and other didactic materials. every time my mother tells me that she regrets not going to school, but even though she has not been far from school, she has never stopped reading, writing and speaking. The local language is always attributed to her. the fact that she is removed from school for other purposes.

kazuhide kuroda
May 07, 2018

During my parents; time, Japan waged war. My father survived because he caught malaria and was sent back from an island in the Pacific Ocean. After the war, his generation built Japan which I benefited from. In a small way, I was pleased to have worked more than 30 years in the United Nations and the World Bank for peace and prosperity..

Paul Adara Adiwu
May 08, 2018

Through life experience, I’ve priorities my Children education as well as humanitarian Service

Farlonn Mutasa
May 10, 2018

Diana Mutasa who Happens to be my grandmother engaged herself into farming, this was her way of survival back in the days. Despite the fact that she was married, circumstances pushed her to leave her kids in the city and leave in the farms.One can say she was a "married independent woman", the husband was more of a drunkard who happens to be my grandfather. I can say my grandmother was a hard worker a woman of substance an advocate of independent women.
Paridza Mutasa who happens to be my mother later on got married to Diana's first born son. Despite her coming from a well up family she had to dance to the situation. Yes your parents wealth can never be your wealth here in Africa. She assisted Diana in taking care of the kids.She was a dressmaker by profession, she had to sew clothes for the kids who were attending college. She learnt independence from Diana and woman empowerment, to the extent that she also became a "married independent woman".
Paridza passed down this independence to her daughter, Farlonn Nenyasha Mutasa yes thats me. I am a vibrant young lady aged 23 I dreamt of moving away from home and become independent. I lived my dream left home at the age of 20 in search of greener pastures and a sense of independence. I faced a lot of obstacles along the way but keeping in mind of what my granny and my mother went through, this kept me going. I managed to secure my place in the cooperate world. I became a certified linux administrator at the age of 20, staying alone in the city of Johannesburg. Along the road I rediscovered myself as I was meeting and engaging with different women from different walks of life. I have become a strong advocate for independent women, woman empowerment and an end to women emancipation.
I am currently working on my own article entitled Young women Passing on the Baton Movement. This is my way of helping fellow ladies to become women of substance and value in the future. Its an article I wish to bring to life as a programme that can assist ladies in reaching their goals and give them more reason to attain them.
Yes I inherited the possibility of being independent and defying all odds. Women can stand on their own feet. #InheritPossibility @YouthAssembly

Mia Mikic
June 09, 2018

I showed the blurb on the report Fair Progress? shared recently to one of the millenia generation. Here is the reaction:
1. The second graph really illustrates the privilege of living in a high income economy, no matter what your own wealth is.
2. I get the point its trying to make but I dont like the phrasing of "It suggests local, national, and global actions and policies that can help break the cycle of poverty, paving the way for the next generation to realize their potential and improve their lives." Because the while talking about cycles of poverty and the influence of action and policy, it still makes it sound like it is the next generation's responsibility to realise their own potential and break the cycle. That's putting the onus on the already disadvantaged group.
Thought you would be interested in this reaction.