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Memorandum to Combat Child Poverty - An Alliance Strategy

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Memorandum to Combat Child Poverty - An Alliance Strategy (May 23, 2021), Beltz Juventa, 69469 Weinheim, ISSN: 0342-2275, 2010 # 1, p.64


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The NRW regional associations AWO, DGB, GEW, Deutscher Kinderschutzbund and Parit├Ąt have joined forces on the basis of this memorandum to form a joint "Alliance to Combat Child Poverty". - The alliance partners note with great concern: - We are affording a welfare state that, for example, in 2009 in North Rhine-Westphalia will send a quarter of all children into poverty. Our rich society accepts that poverty, in addition to material deprivation, often means social isolation, a high risk of illness and the risk of failure in the educational system. - - In view of the birth rate in our country, we are also affording ourselves a social and economic ruin, since our society will be dependent on every child in the future. - - Despite an economic upturn until 2007, the living situation of poor children and their families has not changed. As before, over 800,000 young people under the age of 18 are affected by poverty in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the phase of the economic downturn, we have to reckon with a dramatic increase in children and adolescents receiving Hartz IV. - - The social problem of poverty leads to a boom in the alms-giving system. We must not get used to the fact that more and more families with children are standing in line in front of the local soup kitchens or tables. - The alliance partners present the memorandum on combating child poverty with a political 10-point program and proposals for a preventive orientation of child, youth and family welfare as well as the education system. - -