The GPA in government policy towards children was three

Prepared by the National Children’s Network for 11 years. Report Card: What is the average achievement of the government in child care? According to the title observation report, Bulgaria again failed to raise its grade point average this year and received three grades.. Still, those who think positive will say there is hope in spite of everything, as its GPA has risen from 3.09 out of six in 2021 to 3.18 in 2022.

“Scorecard” is an independent report of its kind in Bulgaria, based on information and testing on child care in various fields such as family environment, peace and alternative care, protection from violence, justice, early childhood development, child health, education, sports, etc. . Culture, leisure time. The only example. The note shows that the state has announced its readiness to resolve the issues, but the steps it has taken are minimal and inconsistent, with no visible results.

Thirty experts and seven external evaluators were involved in preparing the report, but it also included the views of children, young people, parents and professionals. In 2022, experts say a strategic plan for child policies has not yet been developed, poverty rates for children remain high, the problem of lack of a unified system for recording violence against children has deepened, and epidemic inequality in access to quality education has become more pronounced. , And on child health they explain that there is still no clear focus

Presenting the report, Georgi Bogdanov, executive director of the National Children’s Network, said:

We have been evaluating children’s policies for 11 years and at that time We could not pass the “3” grade. Last year, the National Institute of Statistics released startling data and according to the published data, the number of children in our country has halved compared to 1992. If we had a good policy, that would not be the case, “he said.

According to assessors, “In the case of “Sports, Culture and Leisure”, our country has the lowest grade – 2.98. According to experts, “culture and art are still not used as learning tools. Especially in small town and large city centers, there are no open or closed playgrounds, no suitable conditions for children’s sports and no comprehensive policy for the development of children’s sports and children’s sports clubs is implemented from an early age.

In our country, the highest score in education is 3.75.

The report further states that Bulgaria has one of the highest child poverty rates in the world. In our country, one in three children (36.2 percent of children or 440,000 children under the age of 18) are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The incidence of violence against children is increasing day by day and is spreading among more and more people.

The issue of child health is also appropriately criticized. The report contains recommendations for resolving access to health services, preventing infant mortality and addressing specific group vulnerabilities. The document also points to a lack of focus on children’s strategies and regional health policies. Health services for rare and chronic diseases are concentrated in the capital and big cities. Many children live in the country who only receive healthcare when their health is seriously deteriorating.

Speaking to Bulgarian National Radio BNR, Plemena Nikolova, director of the National Children’s Network’s “Policy for Children,” said:

“Over the years, we have been accused of writing much lower grades for failing to see the government’s efforts in certain areas. No, we are the ones who want the government to get high marks. However, it is not possible to underline when nothing happens or when there is a policy breach for certain reasons, ”he said.

Experts have underlined that fundamental reforms can no longer be postponed and that the state must work for the future and well-being of our children so that we do not create new iron curtains for ourselves and our children voluntarily.

Editor: Miglana Ivanova

Translation: Bedriaye Haliz

Photo: Archive, National Children’s Network, BGNES

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