Under conditions of poverty, social participation and a self-determined life are only possible with great difficulty. Poverty is the strongest determinant of social and economic exclusion.
Equal access to good-quality education is an essential factor in providing equitable capabilities and opportunities for advancement (vertical mobility). It is critical to ending hereditary social exclusion, supports integration and includes lifelong learning.
Labour Market Access
Employment both provides an income and facilitates social participation. The degree of inclusiveness is essential because an individual’s status is defined in large part by his or her participation in the workforce. Exclusion from the labour market substantially limits individual opportunities for self-realization, contributes to an increase in the risk of poverty, and can even lead to serious health stresses.
Social Cohesion and Non-discrimination
This dimension enables the examination of the extent to which trends towards the social polarization of, exclusion of and discrimination against specific groups are successfully countered. Developing a community of shared values, shared challenges and equal opportunity is the aim.
The conditions in which people live and die are shaped by political, social and economic forces. Social and economic policies have a determining impact on whether a child can grow and develop to his or her full potential and live a flourishing life, or whether his or her life will be blighted. This is why access to health care ensures that young people can be active in society.
The issue at stake here is the need for contemporary generations to lead lives they value without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Sharing social burdens among young and old, while providing for future generations, is the goal.