Every Last Child – New Save the Children’s Report

“16,000 children die each day”. These are the opening words of Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand. Save the Children has just published a new report titled “Every Last Child” to show us new data on children’s care, access to education, and life expectations. Unfortunately, twice children die in conflict zones compared with countries not in conflict. “We cannot be satisfied until every last child has the opportunity to survive and thrive” concludes Helen Clark in her brief and optimistic introduction.

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Children in Calle Susana Pintos, Montevideo-Uruguay. April 2014.

Negative data says that 400 million children from ethnic and religious groups are still discriminated today, or that 117 million women were missing from the global population in 2010 due to pre-natal sex selection.

The world is making progress in improving children’s rights, for example in terms of education, as more than 90% girls have now completed primary schools; or in healthcare, considering that more than 90% of population in Rwanda is covered now by a public health insurance. However, we haven’t yet achieved the goals we expected to reach in terms of democracy and equality despite differences of race, sex or religious belief.

I personally experienced life first-hand in Cantegriles, in Montevideo-Uruguay, and I must confess it was hard to realize that few miles from the city center people live in conditions of real misery. Without any health insurance nor social assistance, as we are instead used to have because “we are born in the right place”. In that period, I also understood the difference between poverty and misery: the first is a condition that one can overcome with hope; in misery, people have no hopes or dreams…

As I wrote in few italian venues, I think that the key to achieve Save The Children’s guidelines for a better world lies in an equal approach to education. In other words, everything starts from school’s desks, where we really build the ability to develop our social expectations.

Nevertheless, present conflicts and political competitions do not reflect our expetations. One good example could be the annual expenses’ report for national military defense. Experts say that just 10% of these expenses represents the economic resources to solve poverty amid conflict and impoverished Countryes in few years.