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The UWI’s Sociology Unit tackles the problem of poverty in 2015

For Release Upon Receipt - April 9, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – On Wednesday April 15, The UWI Faculty of Social Sciences, Sociological Unit presents the “Poverty and Opportunity” Conference from 9am to 4.30pm at the Faculty of Social Sciences Lounge at the St. Augustine Campus.  Secondary and university students, UWI academics and interested persons will examine the phenomenon of poverty and   possible avenues to create opportunities to help eradicate systematic poverty. The featured speaker will be business pioneer and president of Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA), Gregory Aboud.

The Sociology Unit previously hosted a conference in 2013 which served as a platform for academics, students and practitioners to showcase their interests and skills and engage with relevant issues. The 2015 areas of focus will include “The Anatomy of Poverty,” which will aim to answer questions such as why does poverty exist? What are the consequences, challenges and fears – socially, economically and politically of “stepping out” of poverty? Additionally, how can the cycle of poverty truly be broken? The conference will also focus on “Templates for creating Opportunities for Getting Out of Poverty: Public Sector and Private Sector Perspectives,” thereby highlighting available avenues for persons to create opportunities to take themselves out of poverty.

Registration will take place from 8 to 8.50am on the day of the conference. Registration fees are minimal, with secondary schools being allowed five students free, additional students $10; the general public and UWI staff - $60; UWI Students (with ID): $20. 

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Ronald Marshall at 662-2002 ext. 83056; Fareena Alladin – ; Anand Rampersad –


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