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A crossing guard stops traffic as students arrive at École Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Student achievement depends on reducing poverty now and after COVID-19

Comprehensive early childhood education, mental health support, internet connectivity and post-secondary funding are part of reducing the consequences of poverty so all students may excel.
Canada’s failure to fulfil its commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals will leave our children worse off. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada’s woeful track record on children set to get worse with COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic risks making Canada’s already woeful record on child welfare worse. To safeguard a future for our children, governments must prioritize their care.
Stressors put on children and adolescents as a result of the pandemic response may have long-lasting effects on their health and well-being. (Shutterstock)

The long-term biological effects of COVID-19 stress on kids’ future health and development

The pandemic response has put the long-term health and well-being of children and adolescents at risk, with the possibility of seismic shifts in population health if we do not act.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Ministry for Children have interviewed thousands of children about what well-being means to them. from www.shutterstock.com

Children had no say in New Zealand’s well-being budget, and that matters

When thousands of New Zealand children were asked what well-being meant for them, most wanted enough money for basics, good relationships and to be free from bullying, racism and discrimination.
One of the recommendations by a welfare advisory group was to raise benefit levels by up top 47%, but the government has rejected it, for now. from www.shutterstock.com

Why New Zealand’s government cannot ignore major welfare reform report

Ardern’s coalition government promised to overhaul New Zealand’s welfare system, but its response to a comprehensive report by an expert advisory group has been disappointing at best.

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