Children are safe in China, research says
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.