Jim Vibert: Listening to kids offers Canada its best bet – The Guardian

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201729 Views

Canada is about six months away from shaming itself with a report on anemic national progress toward achieving the aims of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Many Canadians likely think their country is about as good as it gets for kids, but the truth is, when it comes to the wellbeing of children, UNICEF ranks Canada a dismal 25th among the 41 most-developed nations (OECD).

As is frequently the case in matters of social progress, a Scandinavian nation leads the pack. This time it’s Norway. But, Canadian children are, on average, also worse off than kids in less affluent nations such as Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.

Canadian kids do have it better than their American neighbours, but finishing atop the United States is no longer a proud accomplishment, and everybody wants to stay below the US on the dubious distinctions, like violent death and guns-per-person.

Read More: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/opinion/columnists/jim-vibert-listening-to-kids-offers-canada-its-best-bet-167874/

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