A government minister has said that investing education and training youth could break poverty.
Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has said that the greater investment in the education and training of youth could break the root causes of poverty and discrimination and significantly contribute to the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy.
UNICEF, in its 2011 State of the World’s Children report entitled ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity’ has stated that investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity.
The State of the World’s Children report states that strong investments during the last two decades have resulted in enormous gains for young children up to the age of 10. The 33 per cent drop in the global under-five mortality rate shows that many more young lives have been saved, in most of the world’s regions girls are almost as likely as boys to go to primary school, and millions of children now benefit from improved access to safe water and critical medicines such as routine vaccinations.
“Adolescents today face a unique set of collective global challenges, including an uncertain economic outlook, high levels of youth unemployment, an escalating number of humanitarian crises, climate change and rapid urbanization. Faced with these challenges, we have to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to build a prosperous and peaceful future,” UNICEF Representative for Sri Lanka, Reza Hossaini states.
The UNICEF State of the World’s Children report 2011 was launched in Colombo in partnership with the Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministry.