Warnings from new analysis by UNICEF and Save the Children, show economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic could push up to 86 million more children into household poverty by the end of 2020, an increase of 15 per cent.

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently announced several fiscal measures aimed at alleviating the economic fallout caused by the Covid-19 crisis. These initiatives include a RM600 million allocation for the Ministry of Health, allowing Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributors to withdraw RM500 monthly for the next 12 months, and deferment of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) monthly loan repayments for six months.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: 21 February 2020

OPINION: The 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child serves as a reminder that a decent standard of living and the ability to develop are basic rights of all children everywhere. Poverty is a major risk to young children. Lack of income and poor living conditions undermine children’s biological and cognitive development and ultimately limit their opportunities for the future. Tackling poverty is therefore crucial for improving early childhood development.

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OPINION: October 17 marked the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, an annual reminder of the need for continued vigilance in the fight against social injustice. While much has been achieved in terms of improving global standards of living, around 736 million people — half of whom are children — continue to live under the international poverty line of US$1.90 per day.

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A lack of transparency on farmer suicide data and meager and irregular welfare payments is forcing Indian children out of school, advocates say. Nearly 60,000 farmer suicides have been linked to climate change.

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The world is about to miss a key deadline for ensuring universal education, the United Nations has warned. World leaders agreed in 2015 that by 2030 all girls and boys should be able to complete free quality primary and secondary education, but funding gaps are holding back progress, a new report by the UN's education agency (UNESCO) said on Tuesday. In 2030, when all children should be in school, as per the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals, one in six will still be excluded, it said.

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The Social Affairs Ministry plans to establish children’s welfare centers in 111 regencies in Indonesia. The so-called Integrative Children Social Welfare Service Centers (PLKSAI) are to be established in five regencies of East Java, with a focus on providing services for handling children’s welfare, as well as preventing child abuse. To further the program, Yayasan Setara Semarang and the social services agency of East Java held academic workshops in Salatiga, East Java, from June 26 to 28. Hundreds of children have been tended to in Surakarta and Klaten over the last th

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A new study shows UNICEF’s Hajati cash assistance is effective at keeping the most vulnerable children in Jordan in school. UNICEF’s Hajati cash assistance is effective at keeping the most vulnerable children in Jordan in school and preventing drop out, a new study has shown. The programme supported 10,000 children in the 2018-19 academic year.

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The Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR, H.E Takeshi Hikihara, today handed over his government’s donation of canned fish and rice to the World Food Programme (WFP). This in-kind contribution is part of Japan’s pledge of US$3.2 million towards WFP’s school meals and resilience building programmes that help communities withstand disasters caused by climate change.
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