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|The Mexican government’s goal is to achieve a national score of 7.45 in the ‘Index of Mexican Children’s Rights’ by the year 2010.|
By Mario Diaz
MEXICO CITY, 13 May 2005 – A comprehensive new report released by UNICEF Mexico shows that, while the country has made significant progress in the realization of children’s rights, there is still a lot of room for improvement.
The ‘Index of Mexican Children’s Rights’ measures the fulfilment of rights and the availability and quality of basic services in health, education, nutrition and other areas, all of which are important during early childhood. Mexico as a whole scored 5.71 points out of a possible 10; eight Mexican states scored 7.0 or higher.
Things have improved since 1998, when the country scored 4.68 overall.
“The 5.71 score is encouraging but it also indicates that there’s a lot of work to do. We are only halfway there,” said UNICEF’s Representative in Mexico, Yoriko Yasukawa.
The ‘Index’, which incorporates data up to 2003 and considers only the situation of children aged 0-5, was based on government reports on infant mortality, malnutrition, and school attendance. Later this year, UNICEF Mexico will release separate reports for children aged 6-12 and 13-18.
|© UNICEF Mexico/2005|
|The report shows that conditions for children have improved since 1998, when the country received a 4.68 overall score.|
“We were primarily looking to see if states complied with three basic children’s rights: The right to survival, the right to healthy development – meaning no child should die from preventable diseases – and the right to education,” said Ms. Yasukawa.
According to the report, the northern state of Nuevo León offers the best conditions for children, scoring a total of 8.10 points. The state with the lowest score was Guerrero, at 2.90 points. Located on the southern Pacific coast, Guerrero has a large indigenous population. Northern states generally scored higher than southern states.
Ms. Yasukawa hopes that the report will “be used as a tool by the public, but especially by the government. It is important to keep track of the country’s progress on this matter in a public way.”
The government’s goal, supported by UNICEF, is to achieve a national score of 7.45 by the year 2010.