Bhubaneswar, 28th June, 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): Dr. S C Jamir, the Governor of Odisha, today at Mayfair Convention, Bhubaneswar released UNICEF’s annual flagship report ‘The State of the World’s Children 2016’ in Odisha. The report this year focuses attention on the issue of Equity: ‘A Fair Chance for Every Child.’

Ms. Yumi Bae, Chief of UNICEF Office for Odisha, presented the welcome address and a short film titled ‘Re-Imagining A Fair Start’ was shown.

The Chief Guest, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha, Dr. Jamir, said, “Inequality is neither inevitable, nor insurmountable. We need to create appropriate measures to help level the playing field for children like integrated solutions to the challenges faced by children, innovative ways to address old problems, more equitable investments and increased involvement by communities.”

The keynote speaker, Professor Govinda, former Vice Chancellor, National University for Education Planning and Administration spoke on the issue of Equity and Education.

In her address, Ms Yumi Bae said, ‘We have a collective responsibility to accelerate the progress for the most disadvantaged, most vulnerable children. It requires identifying the most vulnerable and working together to tackle the multiple deprivations across sectors. We have a choice: Invest in these children now or allow our world to become still more unequal and divided.”

The report signifies the progress made in the past decades to save children lives, getting them into schools and lifting people out of poverty.

The poorest children are twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday and to be chronically malnourished than the richer ones. Across much of the South Asia and sub- Saharan Africa, children born to mothers with no education are almost 3 times more likely to die before they are 5 than those born to mothers with a secondary education.

 

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