Release of the Joint Publication “Children in Egypt 2016” presenting national data on child well-being in Egypt

A Statistical Digest “Children in Egypt 2016” is launched today by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in cooperation with the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood.

28 May 2018
Children in Egypt 2015
UNICEF Egypt/Giacomo Pirozzi/2005

“CAPMAS is continuously providing data and statistics that support social and economic development policies. “Children in Egypt 2016” is a joint annual publication that provides key and highly relevant statistics on the situation of children in Egypt. We aspire that this report will be utilized in the adoption of appropriate policies that ensure children rights,” stated General Abu-Bakr Al-Gendy, Head of CAPMAS.

The report notes progress achieved in several areas such as the drop in maternal and infant mortality rates, expanding access to basic education, as well as pre-primary education, and closing the gender gap in school enrolment. Yet, it also indicates disparities associated with socio-economic and geographical factors, which continue to affect the poorest layers of the population. Egypt’s high population size of 90.1 million in 2016, and a gradually increasing fertility rate reaching 3.5 children per woman in 2014 poses additional challenges on Government services including health, education, potable water and sanitation, as well as social protection.

“The Government of Egypt has been highly committed to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since their articulation in September 2015, and to improving the lives of Egyptian people and boosting shared economic prosperity. Our “Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030” aligns closely with the seventeen SDGs for 2030, and a National Committee coordinated by the Ministry will follow up and report on progress made towards the SDGs.

The “Children in Egypt 2016” provides us with a dedicated chapter on child-related SDGs, and I am pleased to see that data is available for over two thirds of the child indicators, which are recommended globally for the SDGs,” said H.E Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Over fifteen thematic chapters, the joint report looks into a wide spectrum of key official National data related to child well-being in Egypt. Among significant indicators affecting children are the national poverty rate of 28% (2015) that is highest in Rural Upper Egypt, an estimated 10.1 million children who are multi-dimensionally poor and around 1.4 million children between 6 and 17 years who are out of school. Other challenges are represented in child malnutrition indicators, the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), the high rate of violent disciplinary practices by parents and caregivers, as well as a high youth unemployment rate that highly affects females.

“Advancing the development agenda for children and addressing their deprivations, requires a comprehensive set of updated and high quality data” said Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt. “The 2016 edition of the Statistical Digest “Children in Egypt” comes as a national publication 2 reaffirming the strong partnership between UNICEF in Egypt and key Government Partners, along with high commitment to progress on the SDGs. It gives UNICEF in Egypt pride to mark its global 70th anniversary with the release of this important knowledge product,” added Maes.

Statistics presented in “Children in Egypt 2016” digest come from primary and secondary official national data collected by CAPMAS, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Health and Population, Al Azhar Al Sharif, and the Ministry of Social Solidarity. “Decision-makers, professionals, academia and the general public will benefit from access to a quality compilation of the recent and reliable statistics on children presented in this report. A series of policy briefs is currently under development by NCCM and UNICEF based on data extracted from the Statistical Digest to support timely response to issues affecting child well-being in Egypt,” said Dr. Maissa Shawky, Deputy Minister of Health and Population and Representative of NCCM. Additionally, data presented in this publication will also be disseminated by CAPMAS through the web-based platform “DevInfo”. ###

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