Chil­dren are safe in China, re­search says

China Daily European Weekly - - China News -

Wel­fare study looks at fac­tors such as mor­tal­ity, mal­nu­tri­tion and ed­u­ca­tion to de­cide rank­ing

that in 40 coun­tries was worse, the re­port said.

The sur­vey also found more than 1 bil­lion chil­dren live in coun­tries plagued by poverty, and 240 mil­lion in coun­tries af­fected by con­flict and fragility. More than 575 mil­lion girls live in coun­tries where gen­der bias is a se­ri­ous is­sue.

In East Asia and the Pa­cific, 76 per­cent of coun­tries have made progress, but the Philip­pines saw a de­cline due to higher lev­els of mal­nu­tri­tion, the re­port said.

Zhang Jing, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Re­search Cen­ter at China Women’s Univer­sity, says the rank­ing re­flects China’s ef­forts to pro­mote chil­dren’s wel­fare since it signed the Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child in 1990.

“China since has done an ex­cel­lent job in im­prov­ing chil­dren’s health, build­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as kinder­gartens, pro­mot­ing com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion and help­ing home­less chil­dren,” she says.

But Zhang says there’s still room for China to make fur­ther im­prove­ments, es­pe­cially in ar­eas such as psy­cho­log­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren and ed­u­ca­tion for dis­abled chil­dren. “Ed­u­ca­tion for par­ents should also be in­cor­po­rated into laws to re­duce child abuse and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence tar­get­ing chil­dren,” she says

Wang Chao, coun­try di­rec­tor of Save the Chil­dren in China, says that al­though China has high­lighted the im­por­tance of in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion in its rules on ed­u­ca­tion for the dis­abled, there’s a long way to go for the pol­icy to be trans­lated into tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits.

“Far greater in­vest­ment needs to be made in in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion to en­able all chil­dren to be able to at­tend and learn at main­stream schools,” he says.

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