An extra curriculum class at a private-run kindergarten Thanh Xuân, Hoàng Mai township, the central province of Nghệ An. — VNA/VNS Photo Bích Huệ
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc 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 programme wants to raise the rate of children aged eight and younger accessing support services for comprehensive development to 90 per cent by 2025 and 95 per cent by 2030.
It plans to increase the rate of children less than one year of age to ensure they receive all eight vaccines recommended to 97 per cent by 2025 and 98 per cent by 2030, and have this rate at 98 per cent 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 per cent by 2025 and 6 per cent by 2030, and raise the rate of those receiving care and assistance to 90 per cent and 95 per cent over the next five and ten years.
Under this programme, the rate of abused children is expected to be reduced to below 4.5 per cent and 4 per cent, and the rate of child and adolescent labourers aged 5-17 to 4.9 per cent and 4.5 per cent 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 programme plans to raise the rate of under-fives covered by pre-school education to 99.1 per cent by 2025 and 99.3 per cent by 2030, those completing primary education to 97 per cent and 99 per cent, and junior high school education to 88 per cent and 93 per cent.
Apart from cutting dropout rates, it also looks to have 95 per cent 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 programme 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 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively. — VNS