Staten skal investere i fremtiden
Mål 1: Afslut fattigdom i alle dens former
Af Mathudi Machaka
Today we were in Nakskov to learn about poverty in Denmark. We visited the job center. What I have seen there is sustainability, because the state doesn’t use the people’s tax to sustain themselves. It uses the money to benefit the society in large and also to invest in the future of their country.
Even though it is not easy for those young people to come to the job center, because they think society will judge them and they feel like failures, I think the young people who have, make it. In this, they must volunteer and be examples to other young people - to motivate them to take action to help themselves and the society.
The job center really encourages young people to take education seriously, because it is the only tool, that can lead them and the country to success. The other thing I like about the welfare state is that it helps unemployed people to get a job to sustain themselves so they can assist other people like them in the country. And the job they get, pay them a good salary that will not lead them to a better situation.
In South Africa the rate of unemployment is very high, because people don’t have skills to use to market themselves, and those who have the skills - like me - don’t get support from state to get a job or to start our own businesses. The job centers in my country are paid and they don’t help getting better jobs, that can help people to live a better life. The job they get, makes them poorer and poorer.
For example, I have worked with another organization where I was paid less money even though I was having a qualification for that job and the people I was working with had no qualification. We also met a man by the name of Ib Andersen, who claim to be poor even though the level of his poverty standard compared to the other countries is much better than in Africa. From my point of view, he doen’t experience any type of poverty - he have shelter to sleep, food to eat every day, safe water and sanitation. Actually his basic needs to support his minimum level of physical health are met, and also I think he needs to enjoy his living standard, because he doesn’t help the state to provide with the social welfare, and the state is doing all it can to help him to have the better living standard.
For the state to end poverty, it must reduce tax a little bit to create more jobs. What we experience in Africa is, that it is difficult to get a job and the state doesn’t give us social welfare. In Africa there are still people who go to bed with their stomach empty for days, we don’t have enough water in the country, sanitation in schools and homes is a problem that affects our lives. In schools some kids don’t even go to school, because of unhealthy toilets and infrastructure toilets. Our living standard in Africa is very low because of minimum wage and tax.
When you are working your whole life, you can’t buy things for yourself. In my village last year we spent the December holidays without water. In my opinion, the poverty can be ended by providing the society with the quality education, health facilities, equipment and enough medicines and vaccine. The state needs to use the tax paid by society in the right way. Lowering tax little bit in Denmark can lead to more jobs creation. The state must support the society when they want to open their own business, because I believe that will create more jobs and as people we have different unique skills and ideas to make money. Some people are born to be leaders - not followers - because another thing that leads to poor performance in the state is that people work under pressure. They work to get money not to make profit for the organization or state because the job they do doesn’t motivate them.