Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently signed off a national ten-year action plan for children to ensure their rights and all-round development and while creating a safe, healthy, and friendly environment for them to live.
The program wants to raise the rate of children aged eight and younger accessing support services for comprehensive development to 90 percent by 2025 and 95 percent by 2030.
|An extra curriculum class at a private-run kindergarten Thanh Xuan, Hoang Mai township, the central province of Nghe An__Photo: VNA|
It plans to increase the rate of children less than one year of age to ensure they receive all eight vaccines recommended to 97 percent by 2025 and 98 percent by 2030, and have this rate at 98 percent among under-five children in the next 10 years.
The first goal also targets lower rates of under-five children suffering from malnutrition related to weight, height, and obesity.
The second goal aims to bring the rate of children in specially disadvantaged circumstances down to less than 6.5 percent by 2025 and 6 percent by 2030, and raise the rate of those receiving care and assistance to 90 percent and 95 percent over the next five and ten years.
Under this program, the rate of abused children is expected to be reduced to below 4.5 percent and 4 percent, and the rate of child and adolescent laborers aged 5-17 to 4.9 percent and 4.5 percent by 2025 and 2030, respectively.
The ratio of children suffering from accidents is hoped to decrease to 550 and 500 per 100,000 by 2025 and 2030, and the ratio of child fatalities caused by accidents to 16 and 15 per 100,000, respectively.
The third goal is about education, culture, and entertainment for children. The program plans to raise the rate of under-fives covered by pre-school education to 99.1 percent by 2025 and 99.3 percent by 2030, those completing primary education to 97 percent and 99 percent, and junior high school education to 88 percent and 93 percent.
Apart from cutting dropout rates, it also looks to have 95 percent of schools providing child mental health services in the next five years.
In the fourth goal about children’s participation in child-related issues, 30 percent and 35 percent of children aged seven and over are set to be consulted about these issues in suitable forms by 2025 and 2030.
The program plans to improve awareness of participation rights and capacity for 85 per cent and 90 per cent of children in the next five and 10 years, and increase the rate of children taking part in models and activities that promote children’s participation rights to 30 percent and 35 percent, respectively.- (VNS/VLLF)