Three of every five no-work-no-schoolers are women
Santo Domingo.- Despite fast GDP growth of 7% in 2014 and 2015 and the government’s efforts to boost employment and reduce poverty, more than 21% of young Dominicans of ages 15 to 24 have been outside the system education and work force, slightly higher than the regional average.
Most of these “ninis” (neither study nor work) are women, according to a World Bank study.
The Ninis in Latin America report: 20 million young people seeking opportunities, revealed that the number of ninis women in the region is declining actually thanks to greater educational and employment opportunities. Still, three out of five “Ninis” in the Dominican Republic are women and most influential factor is marriage and pregnancy during adolescence.
“We must provide equal opportunities to all young people to realize their dreams,” said McDonald Benjamin, World Bank representative in the Dominican Republic. “You can do much to create opportunities for youth across the country ensuring quality education, supporting schools and health centers, and creating incentives for entrepreneurs,” he said.
The report, written by Rafael de Hoyos, Halsey Rogers and Miguel Székely, indicates that 60% of the region’s ninis come from poor or vulnerable households in the poorest 40% of the income distribution. However in the country the highest rate of ‘ninis’ is in medium-low income homes.
“This suggests that the condition of Dominican ‘nini’ isn’t necessarily determined by the lack of income, but rather by the low quality of school services and a restrictive labor market,” said Hoyos, World Bank Education Unit senior economist for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The problem has intensified among young men representing an increase of 1.8 million ninis in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1992. In RD, two decades ago, ninis were around 88,000 young men. In 2013, it doubled to around 164,000.
June 14, 2016
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