But even these figures may be misleading, because the migrant children, orphans, child victims of trafficking, especially girls, are too often absent from the common set of current data and surveys based on household data static. We must develop new systems for collecting data to ensure that these children become visible and invisible are addressed systematically.Such visibility is important because recent studies show that the food crisis, energy and economic which have upset the world order have irreversible impacts on children’s lives. Child labor – a buffer families against economic shocks in key countries – has led to more children being pushed from school into the labor market before and in more dangerous areas than normal. ‘
The overall figures in fact, tend to show that child labor is declining incomes in the world, but not just inside of sub-Saharan Africa have now gone into reverse and the most recent data indicate that the incidence of 1 in 4 current children involved in child labor, the highest in the world has worsened. This compares with a child in all eight Asia-Pacific and one in 10 children in Latin America and the Caribbean. The number of children combining work and school is also degenerate in some areas by as much as 300 %.
‘We know that progress against the MDGs in education, poverty, gender and HIV / AIDS is systematically undermined by child labor and that no single policy unilaterally end to child labor,’ said Susan Bissell, head of the Child Protection for UNICEF. ‘Tests have shown that an effective and coherent response of child labor requires a mix of measures to decent work, child-sensitive social protection systems and the extension of basic services to the most vulnerable.’
Despite repeated announcements of an impending roll-out of the PCV in developing VCP will remain out of reach for most children because of supply problems and lack of funds. Kenya is the only country in GAVI eligible to receive the new version of this life-saving vaccine in 2010, but the cost will be U.S. $ 21 per child, too high a price to donors and developing countries to bear
While studies show that educating girls is one of the best investments a country can do for their development, girls are the first to be withdrawn from school to work for the family in times of difficulty. Keeping girls in school has been shown to increase the family income, reduce child mortality and maternal and child result in marriage and lower fertility rates.
UNICEF calls on governments and donors to increase investment in education access and quality, and support the establishment of social protection measures that cover all children.
UNICEF has also invited the private sector to use its potential as agents of social change to ensure children’s rights are protected in their supply chains.