UN Alerts on Vulnerability of Children in Latin America
Havana, July 10 (RHC) Representatives of UN agencies in Cuba alerted on Tuesday in Havana about vulnerabilities of small children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
During the first session of the 10th International Encounter on Pre-school and Elementary Education, the experts agreed that the population sector is still being deprived of important rights.
UN Children Fund official Maite Onoche recognized the existence of an increasing commitment by the regional countries to guarantee better public policies in favor of the development of children between zero and six years of age.
Positive results are observed in the decreasing mortality level of children below five years, for instance said the expert, but this same indicator is still affecting indigenous and afro-descendent child populations in many Latin American countries.
World Food Program expert Gabriela Hernandez referred to the children’s food security and said that chronic malnutrition has led to over one third of the deaths in that population sector at the world level.
The UN officials agreed to the need that social institutions should share and articulate their responsibilities to allow comprehensive and full development of small children, which is an action that has not been well coordinated yet in the region.
The 10th International Forum on Elementary and Pre-school Education is being attended by over 400 delegates from Cuba and abroad, who share their experiences on multi-sector strategies aimed at attending children in a comprehensive manner.