Statistics of Underprivileged Children

It is a difficult journey for most children who are subjected to human trafficking and suffer from hunger, homelessness, malnourishment, gender discrimination and lack of education. If you travel from home to work or school, you must have definitely come across little children fending for themselves and their families, in the most humiliating and demeaning circumstances. Instead of acquiring an education background, they have to look after their families and start earning at a tender age.

Although every child is entitled to a meaningful childhood, we come across children statistics that display an extremely disturbing picture of the world we live in. They do not have access to a basic education or healthcare, while every second child is malnourished in India. The fundamental rights of the kids are being violated, due to which there arises a need to undertake steps for their protection and survival.

According to statistics, India has the world’s largest child population, but only a few of them are entitled to healthy living, while the rest suffer. Statistics display a very disturbing picture of the living conditions of these kids. The children statistics for education (India) is as follows:

  • The national dropout rate at elementary level is about 40 percent (According to the District Information System for Education 2011-2012)
  • The Net Enrolment Ration (NER) is about 58.3 percent (2012)
  • About 35 percent of children with disabilities are unable to attain elementary school education (2011-2012)
  • About 63.5 percent adolescent girls dropout from school (2012)
  • About 45 percent of schools do not have a boundary wall (2011-2012)
  • Provision for drinking water in public schools is minimal while about 56 percent of public schools do not have a separate toilet for girls.

The statistics for child abuse and neglect in the USA (2006, fiscal year) are as follows:

  • About 905,000 children were ill-treated and victimized.
  • About 3.6 million children were investigated upon, by CPS agencies.
  • About 64.1 percent of victims experienced neglect, 16 percent were physically abused, 8.8 percent were sexually abused, 6.6 percent were psychologically abused and 2.2 percent of them were medically abused.
  • These statistics display a very gory scenario of the world and we need to ensure we join hands in order to stop this inhumane treatment and strive for equality amongst children and adults alike.