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Reaching every child by 2030: the promise of equity

By David Morley      

Canada has long been a respected champion of children’s rights. Yet, here too, we struggle with inequity. In fact, ours is one of the more unequal societies for children and youth, ranking 26 out of 35 of the richest nations.

School children in a classroom in Gao, Mali. Photograph courtesy of the United Nations by Marco Dormino.
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Every child is born with the same rights to a healthy start in life, a safe, secure childhood, and the opportunity to reach their full potential. We have made tremendous progress in realizing these rights: child deaths have been reduced, more children are attending schools, and millions have been lifted out of poverty — including in some of the world’s poorest countries. But progress hasn’t been even, or fair. Around the world, millions of children still lack the

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