17 Oct 2016 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 OCT (NAMPA) The Groot Aub community needs vocational training to help them out of poverty, Regional Councillor for Windhoek Rural Constituency, Penina Inga Ita said.
Speaking during the observation of the International Day of Poverty Eradication at Groot Aub on Monday, Ita said poverty was most visible at the settlement, located about 56 kilometres south of Windhoek with a population of about 6 000.
She said in a statement made available to Nampa the same day that community members have skills in doing a variety of work, particularly practical work, but do not have qualifications.
People in rural areas have talents and skills, and when such are activated and facilitated, they can make meaningful contributions first to themselves and then to mainstream economy, said Ita.
Speaking at the same occasion, Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Aino Kapewangolo said poverty beyond monetary income is caused by lack of basic social services, availability and access to skills.
Ending poverty is not just about helping the poor but giving every woman and man the chance to live a dignified life and ensuring that people are empowered to move from humiliation and exclusion to participation and productive citizens, she said.
The International Day of Poverty Eradication was observed under the theme Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms, which highlights the importance of recognising and addressing the humiliation and exclusion endured by many people living in poverty.
Observed on 17 October each year since 1993, the United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty aims to raise the awareness about poverty and its social consequences in efforts to encourage the eradication of the social ill.