Difficult childhood in Albania
The main lawmakers have made a report about the situation of the children in Albania.
On June 1st, the Children’s Day, the government representatives presented the achievements and the problems that thousands of children are facing in poor families, such as malnutrition, education and safety.
“I appeal the local government leaders to implement this legal obligation with morality, in order to establish every unit there where it is needed”, declared Spiro Ksera, the Minister of Labor and Social Matters.
The EU Ambassador, Ettore Sequi, declared that at least 19% of the EU children are endangered, but this percentage is higher in Albania.
“19% of the children in Europe are endangered, and this is even higher in Albania. Albania is a country that aspires to become part of the EU, which means that all 11 priorities must be fulfilled, one of which is about the human rights, what is very important for the entire country”, Sequi declared.
“Our work must focus on the children that have dropped out of school and do not have the necessary social environment for a normal growth. Many investments are and further efforts are needed for really helping these children”, declared Detlef Palm, representative of Unicef in Albania.
On this day dedicated to children was said that many of them feel threatened in schools and families. The recent study has shown that 42% of the children have confirmed that they have been subject to verbal and physical violence at school, 45% have been subject to violence in their families.
The report says that 61% of the Roma families have declared difficulties for providing education to their children and 359 Roma children have not been registered at all.
The UNICEF report notes that infant mortality rates remain high in the Diber district, with 17.1%, while in Korca for 2011 it was 10%.