‘Conference tackles children’s welfare

32% of Jordanian children suffer from anemia

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AMMAN — Director of the Childhood Directorate at the National Council for Family Affairs Mai Sultan said that about 84.6 percent of Jordanian children between five and nine years old are subjected to “violent discipline”, compared to 79.8 percent of children aged 5 or less, and less, according to Al-Ghad News.

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Sultan also said that 32 percent of Jordanian children suffer from anemia, and that 16.4 percent of children aged 5 to 11 work.


Speaking at the National Conference on Early Childhood, organized by the council and held on Tuesday, she said that 2.6 million, nearly a fifth of the population of the country, was under nine years old in 2021.


According to her, 1.45 million children under the age of five do not receive health care services, and 37 percent live in the capital, Amman.


The conference discussed the most prominent response to challenges related to the problems of education, health and protection systems for children. Participants came up with a package of recommendations to improve the institutional performance of caregivers.


Participants reviewed early childhood challenges in the Kingdom, protection mechanisms, the growing number of cases of violence against children, gaps in health and education services, deaths and injuries in traffic accidents.


Minister of Education and of Higher Education and Scientific Research Ali Mahafza stressed the importance of the national strategy for human resource development, which places special focus on early education, complementing the strategic plan of the Ministry of Education, and the stipulations in the Economic Modernization Vision.


He pointed out that the ministry has sought to implement tangible steps that contribute to human development, as part of its policies in support of kindergartens, stressing that interest in childhood is also a translation of the Royal vision for childhood care, as an essential pillar for achieving sustainable human development.


The conference was organized in cooperation with Plan International, the Royal Health Awareness Society, and other members of the National Team for Early Childhood Development who represent national governmental, non-governmental and international organizations concerned with childhood affairs.


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