This year, Serbia is ranked 46th in the world in terms of child care, which is the same position as the previous year, shows Save the Children’s End of Childhood Index.
Compared to 2018, Serbia’s index fell slightly from 928 to 927 this year.
The End of Childhood index ranks 176 countries in the world where children are thought to be the most vulnerable and consists of eight indicators: poor health, malnutrition, lack of education, child labour, juvenile marriages, juvenile pregnancies and extreme violence.
Compared to 2000, Serbia’s index has increased by 37 and now amounts to 927, which means that today, fewer children in Serbia are vulnerable than almost 20 years ago.
As far as the countries in the region go, Montenegro has progressed in terms of the End of Child Index by three places and this year, it occupies the 50th position. Bosnia and Herzegovina occupies the 38th position, and compared to last year, it has advanced one place.
Albania is worst ranked in the Balkans, at 61st place. However, the country has made the most progress in the region, recording a jump from last year’s 77th position.
Singapore is ranked first on the list, followed by Finland and Sweden, as well as Slovenia, which shares third place with Norway.
The index is part of the Global Childhood Report that shows that children’s circumstances have improved in 173 out of 176 countries over the past 20 years.
The most dramatic progress has been made among the poorest countries of the world. Sierra Leone has made the biggest improvement since 2000, followed by Rwanda, Ethiopia and Niger. The Central African Republic is in the last place, along with Niger, which – despite recent progress – is at the bottom of the list along with Chad.
In the year 2000, It was estimated that 970 million children do not have a normal childhood due to events that changed their lives. That number has now been reduced to 690 million. This means that at least 280 million children in the world have a better chance of growing up healthy, educated and secure than at any time in the past two decades.
(Nova Ekonomija, 29.05.2019)
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