Eradicating poverty starts with youth development - Dlamini

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pretoria - Reducing poverty among children and the youth can contribute towards the reduction of intergenerational transmitted poverty, says Deputy Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

"We believe that education can play an important role in the long-term towards the fight against intergenerational poverty," Dlamini said on Wednesday at Inkandla.

She was addressing the Independent Development Trust 2nd Annual Development Week Dialogue themed "Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Transmitted
Poverty: From Rhetoric to Practice".

The dialogue aimed to engage stakeholders on the issue of poverty and its impact on the livelihoods of people, from generation to generation.

In an effort to stop intergenerational poverty, Dlamini noted that government has developed a strategy to increase the number of youth in education, employment and training by 2014/15.

"This is because young people are viewed as our valued human resources, who must be assisted to find the necessary space of participation in the economy and the labour market.

"We must show confidence and invest in them because they constitute the future of our country by highlighting that the ability of children cannot be determined by their family backgrounds," she said.

In fighting poverty, government has implemented the War on Poverty Campaign, which has already taken off across the country.

Through this initiative, government is targeting the poorest households in a bid to assist each of them overcome the hardships of poverty.