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Perks: Creating better tomorrow for children requires commitment from all


World Children’s Daycelebrated on 20th Novemberis an opportunity to reflect on the enormous responsibility we have as a society to build conditions for our children to flourish and to create the type of world we would like them to live in as adults in the future, writes UNICEF Representative Benjamin Perks in a statement released on Tuesday.

Perks notes there are many challenges for children in Macedonia regarding infant mortality, child poverty, air pollution, and education outcomes.

“According to latest available data,” Perks says, “28 percent of all children in the country live in poverty, only 1 in 300 poor children in the country attend preschool, and 2 out of 3 attend secondary school.”

There is also an urgent need to improve achievements of children at school, Perks adds, pointing to data available from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which ranks Macedonia at number 67 out of 70 countries.

“However, we are also confident that new reforms that have been adopted by government, and which are being supported by the EU, World Bank, UNICEF, and other UN partners, as well as civil society, will help improve the situation of children in the country,” Perks writes.

“These include a 50% expansion in pre-school, the ‘Every Newborn Plan’ to reduce child mortality and ensure that all babies survive and thrive, the introduction of measures to improve primary and secondary school education, and reform of the social protection system to better address child poverty.”

“But creating a better tomorrow for all of our children requires energy and commitment from across society,” Perks writes, calling on all leaders and all citizens to do everything they can to build a society truly fit for children.

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on Nov. 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. Nov. 20 is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Source: MIA