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Youth empowerment key in curbing poverty says report

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

There are 1.8 billion youths under the age of 25 years old today and according to the United Nations Population Fund, between 20 and 30 percent of them live in developing countries such as Belize.

According to the organization’s latest report, launched on Friday, the vast majority of youth who receive a tertiary level education make it out of abject poverty as opposed to those who don’t.

Belize is among the countries that display a slow rate of transition to turn that reality around. Minister of State in Education, Youth and Sports, Herman Longsworth, Belizean youths must be given fair chance to not only have their say, but to represent us in societal matters.

“The young people of today must be able to assume the responsibility for the running of our businesses, our military, our police schools or governments whether local or national, they must also be and become our diplomats.”

Erika Goldson, UNFPA’s assistant representative says that educating youths about sexual reproductive health is key in helping youths to stay out of poverty by avoiding teenage pregnancy and HIV infection.

(More on this topic in The Reporter’Thursday edition)

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