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Exploring the state of global adolescents

Feb 28, 2011

The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity launched by UNICEF, examines the global state of adolescents; outlines the challenges they face in health, education, protection and participation; and explores the risks and vulnerabilities of this pivotal stage.

The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity  

unicef-report-2011.jpgPublished by: UNICEF

Through ‘The State of the World’s Children 2011,’ UNICEF and its partners are drawing attention to the frustration and limitations many adolescents may feel once they are unable to transition from school to productive and dignified employment.

The report highlights the singular opportunities that adolescence offers, both for adolescents themselves and for the societies they live in. The accumulated evidence demonstrates that investing in adolescents' second decade is our best hope of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and inequity and of laying the foundation for a more peaceful, tolerant and equitable world.

The report underlines the fact that investing in adolescents offers the best hope of breaking the entrenched cycle of poverty. Research clearly shows that children who are marginalised or poor are less likely to make the transition to secondary education and are more likely to experience violence, abuse and exploitation.

UNICEF believes that the need of the hour will be met by involving adolescents in the decision-making process, providing them with platforms of expression and understanding their role as active citizens and not just as passive recipients.

“Young people certainly need hope, they need opportunities,” said Mr. Morgan. “We can do a lot by working with adolescents and encouraging them as participants in addressing and solving the problems, including in emergency and humanitarian crisis situations.”

Source : UNICEF
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