Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Education, Work Ethic Can Break the Poverty Cycle

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Education, Work Ethic Can Break the Poverty Cycle

Article excerpt

A FEW years ago, while visiting friends in South Africa, I sat down and had a long chat with one of them about life since apartheid.

A teacher, she explained to me that one of the unforeseen ramifications of pulling black children out of schools Co organs of state oppression Co and bolstering the ranks of the ANC's freedom fighters in the 1980s was that a whole generation of young people was created who did not go to school, and thus did not think it was important to go to school.

That generation has now had children, and these children have grown up in households in which they have not been sent the message that education is essential to their future. And so the cycle continues.

I was reminded of that conversation yesterday when I read Salvation Army Captain Phil Sharp's concerns about the number of children in Bundaberg who grow up in households in which neither parent works. …

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