Securing the Future of Children and Youth

Today's generation of children and youth is the largest ever in history, with nearly half of the world's 7 billion people under the age of 25. Among them, more than 90 percent live in the developing world.

In many developing countries, children are 12 times more likely to die before they reach the age of five. Their deaths are often the result of poor water quality and inadequate sanitation, malnutrition or diseases that could otherwise be prevented. In many areas, a basic education is not even an option, with 67 million children—53 percent of them girls—having no access to school or other learning opportunities that can give them hope for a better future.

Canada is focusing on increasing:

  • Child survival, including maternal health
  • Access to quality education
  • Safe and secure futures for children and youth

Child survival, including Maternal, Newborn and Child Health—Strategy highlights

  • Working to improve access to maternal healthcare in an effort to reduce maternal and newborn deaths
  • Investing more in child-specific, integrated health interventions, which include immunization, nutritional supplements, and clean water
  • Invest more in the prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and in water, and sanitation, all of which directly affect mothers and children
  • Strengthening sustainable health systems that can provide quality health care to mothers and children
  • Helping train health care workers to address the needs of mothers and children under the age of five

Access to a quality education—Strategy highlights

  • Improving access to basic education, particularly for girls
  • Improving the quality of education and promoting learning achievement with a particular focus on teachers and teacher training, relevant curriculum, and teaching/learning materials
  • Increasing access to learning opportunities for youth in and out of school

Safe and secure futures for children and youth—Strategy highlights

  • Strengthening and implementing frameworks to better protect the human rights of children and youth, particularly girls, who are at increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse
  • Ensuring that schools are safe and free from violence and abuse and are child-friendly learning environments
  • Helping youth-at-risk find alternatives to violence and crime and engage as positive and productive members of their societies