The high commissioner, Ernesto Gasco, signs the agreement with the president of the foral government, María Chivite. Villar Lopez

Pamplona (EFE). Reducing child poverty” is not just an act of volunteerism, it is an act of commitment and structural change” and in this sense he called for “investing in childhood to end this terrible social inequality,” Ernesto Gasco, High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty, said Friday in Pamplona.

Thus, it was pronounced after the signing with the President of the Foral Government, María Chivite, of an agreement by which Navarre joins the State Alliance to combat inequality and child poverty. In this act, he set the example of the Foral Community, “the first territory that universalized some of the essential structural measures” and the first Executive that formalized its membership in the Alliance.

In Spain, the child poverty rate is around 26-27%, one in four children and children struggle to get by, according to the High Commission. He stressed that, compared to Europe, the ratios are “disproportionate to the potential and it is only with structural measures that they can be changed”.

“You can only get out of poverty if you have sufficient resources, if you have decent and sufficient conditions to face the challenges,” said the High Commission for the Fight against Child Povertyafter which he insisted that “our children and adolescents must be given the opportunity to have equal opportunities”.

0-3 year olds, an essential commitment

In this line, he considered it necessary for boys and girls to be able to study from the earliest childhood, “0-3 years is an essential commitment that is part of the European Child Guarantee”, for which , he said, the State will manage 1,000 million euros over the next four years to fight against poverty.

He also alluded to the need to continue supporting in other periods of life and thus, scholarships, school canteens or the fight against school dropout, are “essential so that the youngest can compete in a new digital society”.

Authorities present at the event held at the Palacio de Navarra. Villar Lopez

Youth Digital Empowerment

In Spain, 2,100,000 professionalized people are needed in the digital field and 1,500,000 are missing, who must be trained, he said. He then announced that, from the High Commission for Social Rights, a program will be launched with the autonomous communities, so that they are the ones who manage, 200 million euros in two years to train 900,000 young people from all countries in digital skills.

The program is aimed at young people between the ages of 10 and 16 and the objective is that they have this educational training and can enter the labor market with better options. Particular emphasis will be placed on those with fewer options and it will be feminine in character to bridge the gender gap.

“If we make equality of opportunity a reality, we are doing a beneficial act for ourselves”, he argued, concluding that it is “an exercise in intelligence”.

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