Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Tackling Poverty With Education: World Poverty Day

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 17 OCTOBER 2006


Tackling Poverty With Education on World Poverty Day

Poverty around the world is restricting the potential of children. An end to poverty worldwide is possible and further, we must all take responsibility for contributing to this goal: governments, organisations, businesses and individuals alike, according to Save the Children New Zealand.

Save the Children is working with poor communities in over 100 countries around the world with a key aim being to end poverty and lift the wellbeing of children. Education plays a key part of this work. Education saves lives by teaching children: how to protect themselves from danger; about good nutrition; disease prevention; improves their chances of making a living; and helps them escape poverty. Schools also provide a safe zone for children affected by armed conflict.

"Poverty restricts access to education for millions of children living in poor communities. The costs of school fees and school uniforms; malnutrition; poverty related disease and the need for children to work to support their family are key examples of how poverty restricts access to education. Yet education is vital to lift the wellbeing of poor communities," Executive Director of Save the Children New Zealand, John Bowis, said.

"Save the Children provides support from: drop in centres where working children can access education, to building schools and training teachers in rural communities with no school facilities. It runs early childhood education classes in some of the most difficult environments children live in: for example, in the Dauladtia brothel community in Bangladesh. The children start to learn through play as well as receiving nutritional supplements that help keep them healthy.

"While we call on all organisations and individuals to help in the battle to end poverty – it is essential that the New Zealand government, play its part in particular, as a large donor, and lift aid contributions to 0.7 per cent of GNI from the current 0.27 per cent.

Save the Children is a member of Make Poverty History – the MPH month of mobilisation ends today but the work will continue until poverty is eliminated from the world.

--

Notes to Editor


The focus of Save the Children's Annual Appeal this year was on helping children who can't go to school, to get an education.

Key facts and figures regarding children who can't go to school:

- 115 million children world wide can’t go to school each day

- Children who need education can’t get it because of: poverty, armed conflict, no school in their district, no birth certificate, child labour

- Almost one in five of all primary school age children in the world are not in school

- More than one third of out-of-school children live in South Asia

- Nine out of ten children are out of school in Somalia, the highest national rate in the world

- 82 per cent of out-of-school children live in rural areas

- 81 per cent of out-of-school children in West and Central Africa have a mother with no education

- In India, the likelihood of boys being in school is 6 percentage points higher than for girls

- 45 per cent of out-of-school children in Mali are involved in child labour

- School attendance in Mali is increased by 42.7 percentage points if the mother has secondary or higher education


Facts and Figures from 'Children out of School', UNESCO, 2005.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election