Social work is continually adapting to demographic and cultural changes in Canadian society. In this respect, an AGING population, the increasing diversity of society, and the social needs of NATIVE PEOPLE are emerging priorities in social services and social work education. The profession is also concerned about the preservation of quality programs and the nature of practice in a time of fiscal restraint and cutbacks. The profession continues to be engaged in reform movements to change negative societal attitudes toward people in need and to advocate for HUMAN RIGHTS , social justice and gender equality. In spite of these professional commitments, however, the future role of social work within the public sector remains uncertain. On the one hand, social work and social services have become an integral part of PUBLIC SERVICE provision in Canada as a result of the growth of the welfare state. On the other hand, the current retrenchment of the welfare state means that social services, like other public services, are restrained by cutbacks in social expenditures as governments adapt to a changing economic environment in a global era. Like other professional fields in the public sector, social work is being shaped by globalization. While the impact of globalization remains unclear, it is likely that social work will have to think beyond the public services of the welfare state, to develop new concepts of social entitlement, and to identify new ways of meeting human need.
Farmers make permanent homes that are similar to the aqal. Round huts called mundals are made from poles and brush or vines plastered with mud, animal dung, and ashes and covered with a broad, cone-shaped thatched roof. Rectangular huts, often with flat tin roofs, are called arish. Other homes are built from logs, stone, brick, or cement. Farmers have a few pieces of wooden furniture and decorative pottery, gourds, or woven goods.