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Situation of Children in Jordan

 

Situation of Children in Jordan

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Jordan has a population of 7.5 million including 2.9 million children under 18 years of age (SOWC 2015). Having ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Jordan has been one of the model countries in the region in protecting and promoting the rights of children.

From embarking on a national campaign to end violence in all public schools, to introducing new concepts such as child-friendly budgets in relevant ministries, the country is making innovative changes to improve the lives of its children. Infant mortality rates have halved since 1990 and maternal mortality rates have also declined dramatically to 19/100,000 births. The number of children attending primary school has climbed to 98 per cent, and more girls than boys are now attending primary and secondary schools, and heading to university.

However, challenges still remain, including a high level of domestic violence, and violence against children. In addition, the escalation of the Syria crisis has had a deep impact on Jordanian society. The massive influx of over 620,000 refugees has put an immense strain on the economy and public services, including health, water, education, energy and service delivery, and youth employment.

The government is working closely with UNICEF and partners in strengthening its national institutions to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged children continue to access basic services for their survival, development and well-being. 

 

 
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