EVERY twelfth child in Serbia lives in absolute poverty, and every fourth is on the verge of poverty, UNICEF announced today on the occasion of marking the World Children’s Day.
– In Serbia, children make up only 17.3 percent of the population, 8.3 percent of children live in absolute poverty, and as many as 24.2 percent of children live in poverty, while 22.2 percent of young people under 24 are unemployed, the statement said. .
According to UNICEF, 31 percent of children in Serbia have not yet received all the obligatory vaccines within the set deadline, and 61 percent of them aged three to five go to kindergarten.
When it comes to children from poor families, only 11 percent of them can go to kindergarten, while only 7 percent of children from Roma settlements go to these pedagogical institutions.
The statement points out that although today more girls from Roma settlements go to high school, it is still far from the national average, which is three times higher.
As for the employment of young people in Serbia, 16 percent of young people aged 15-24 do not work or go to school.
It is stated that young people and children are now facing climate change and pollution, as well as an abundance of false and unverified information on social networks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the deterioration of their mental health and concerns about the increased poverty of their families and the deepening of the digital divide.
UNICEF says that all state institutions, associations and citizens must unite and work on making every child in Serbia realize their rights and full potential, from early childhood to adolescence, the statement reads.
The statement reminds that UNICEF marked the World Children’s Day with a series of appropriate activities, such as an innovative auction of NFTs to help children with disabilities and presenting the results of the research “What do children and youth think about the impact of the Serbian business sector on their rights?” the business sector in Serbia supports children and youth “, as well as through promotional actions in shopping malls
Also, on this occasion, the famous buildings shone blue on the night of November 20 as a sign of the celebration of children’s rights as part of the “Blue for Every Child” campaign.
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