The consequences of the pandemic are multifaceted and intense coronavirus all over the planet. People have seen their daily lives change drastically, while some groups of citizens seem to be fighting more.
Covid-19 greatly influenced their rights children worldwide and there is a fear of a “ruined generation”, In the event that governments do not act, the non-governmental organization KidsRights emphasizes in its annual report published today.
Millions of children did not have access to education due to the restrictive measures adopted to stop the pandemic, which has long-term effects on their physical and mental health, warns the NGO based in Amsterdam.
Iceland, Switzerland and Finland are at the top of the KidsRights Index 2021, which ranks 182 countries based on their respect for the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Chad, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone are in last places.
Coronavirus: “Neglected by governments around the world”
The effects of the pandemic “unfortunately exceeded the predictions we had made at the beginning, a year ago”, complains Mark Dullar, founder and chairman of the NGO.
“After coronavirus patients, children were affected more, not directly by the virus, but because they were neglected by governments around the world,” he added, according to the APE-MPE. “The resumption of the educational process is a ‘key’ to avoid a corrupt generation.”
According to the NGO, more than 168,000,000 children have not been able to return to school, while one in three children worldwide did not have access to distance learning as long as schools remained closed.
An additional 142,000,000 children have been found to be in material deprivation as the pandemic has severely affected the global economy and 370,000,000 children have not received school meals.
KidsRights used Manchester United footballer Marcus Rasford for its campaign to extend school meal donations.
The NGO also congratulated Bangladesh for dedicating a state television network to educational television, as did Belgium and Sweden for trying to keep their schools open.
In addition, 80,000,000 children may not have had their scheduled vaccinations for other diseases due to the pressure on health systems worldwide, the report’s authors estimate.
At the same time, KidsRights is concerned about the “unprecedented increase” in domestic violence during lockdowns, with children often being victims.
For the first time, the NGO included Palestine in its list, placing it in 104th place for its attention to health care, despite difficult conditions.
On the contrary, as in other years, Britain, Australia and New Zealand found themselves in a bad position on the list due to the lack of protection of some children.
Austria and Hungary also dropped due to discrimination. The second, in fact, fell to 141st place from 97th due to the worrying discrimination, mainly against Roma children.