UNICEF has just released its report on child poverty, titled, "An overview of child well-being in rich countries: A comprehensive assessment of the lives and well-being of children and adolescents in the economically advanced nations."
It makes pretty sobering reading. The report argues that “The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children – their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialization, and their sense of being loved, valued, and included in the families and societies into which they are born.”
So where do the countries that I’m familiar with (having lived there) rank. The
What’s very scary is that NZ has always been deemed the best place to bring up your kids, at least that's what we Kiwis boast. Heavens above - as noted in the report,
At least for educational development (reading, maths and science in 15 year-olds), NZ and the
This is just brushing the surface of an extremely comprehensive report with a myriad of dimensions and respective percentages. But surely, countries such as the US and the UK, and even wee ol’ NZ, albeit relatively ‘poorer’ when comparing GDP, could and should be doing better with the resources these wealthy countries have.