- The Global Childhood Report, published by the NGO Save the Children, has said that at least 280 million children, or 1 in 8, are dramatically better off today than at any time in the past two decades.
- The report highlights that children born today have a better chance than at any time in history to grow up healthy, educated and protected and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
- Global Childhood Report present End of Childhood Index that ranks the best and worst countries for children by examining factors that rob children of their childhoods around the world based on factors such as child labour, teen pregnancy, exclusion from education, and children fleeing conflict zones.
- The report finds that since 2000, circumstances for children have improved in 173 out of 176 countries. Globally, there has been progress on every End of Childhood Index indicator except children suffering due to conflict. It notes that children make up about 30% of the world’s population, but more than half the world’s refugees are children.
- According to the report the factors that are driving this change for children are Millennium Development Goals, commitments from governments, social investments, new technologies, social media and increased female leadership at all levels.
- Singapore has topped that the rankings as the country that best protects and provides for its children. The Central African Republic is the country where childhood is most threatened, followed by Niger and Chad. India has been ranked 113th.
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