Children and the Millennium Development Goals: Progress by United Nations

By United Nations

In 2002, the Governments dedicated to a time-bound set of pursuits, options and activities in 4 parts: selling fit lives; delivering caliber schooling; maintaining opposed to abuse, exploitation and violence; and struggling with HIV/AIDS. This record presents new info and research at the development the area has made in decreasing baby and maternal mortality and malnutrition, making sure common basic schooling, keeping young ones opposed to abuse, exploitation and violence, and fighting HIV/AIDS. It includes up-to-date facts and provides details from 121 state and territory reviews.

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In their World Fit for Children progress reports, governments have reported on efforts to expand secondary education, including: ● Bangladesh – To provide support and assistance to the eligible female students of secondary level (grades 6 to 10), education was made free for girls up to grade 10 in 1994. This benefit was extended up to grade 12 from 2002. ● Indonesia – The government has now initiated a Compulsory Nine-Year Basic Education Plan, aiming to meet a 2008/09 deadline. It has already made substantial progress: By 2005 net enrolment in primary school was 93 per cent and for the three years of junior high school had reached 84 per cent.

But there are still gender gaps. Over the period 2000–2004, of the nearly 140 million illiterate young people, 63 per cent were female. Women are furthest behind in West and Central Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia – regions that also have female disadvantages in primary and secondary enrolment. Girls’ disadvantages are often compounded by other forms of exclusion. 42 In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the excluded girls are likely to be from a tribe other than the dominant one.

Another option is the child-to-child approach through which school-age children are encouraged, often with special kits, to stimulate their younger brothers and sisters at home. World Fit for Children country reports related to early childhood development include: ● Denmark – Local authorities are obliged to guarantee day care for all children from 26 weeks old to school age. Parents pay around one quarter of the actual cost, and poorer children may get further subsidies or free places. Alternatively parents can receive a subsidy for a private childminder or to look after their own child.

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