The Network of Children Organizations in Serbia said that some 400,000 youngsters in the country face the risk of poverty due to, among other things, high schooling costs – the Beta news agency reports.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Network’s statement said that the largest number of families in Serbia live on some 30,000 dinars (or 250 euro) a month and that the country has a high level of inequality in earnings distribution.
“That is why families with school children, or with university students, face a higher risk of poverty and can only satisfy even basic needs,” the statement said.
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The Network also warns about many schoolbooks being too heavy for children to carry and suggested to the Government to consider replacing the old fashioned way of studying with technological innovations.
The Network also says that “the price of textbooks make a disproportionately high share of school-related costs since a set of textbooks from the fifth to the eighth-grade costs from 15,000 to almost 20,000 dinars.” Also, there are costs associated with school trips, extra-curricular activities, school lunches, footwear and clothes.
The Network also appeals to the Serbian government and in particular the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development to adopt measures that would foster free schooling and consider introducing innovative technological solutions into the learning process.
Also, according to the European Anti-Poverty Network, poverty among employed persons and the elderly is also on the rise.
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