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Queen Rania Launches Situation Analysis of Children in Jordan Highlighting Jordan's Progress in Improving Quality of Life; 6 Ministers Commit to Further Improving Results
Date:5/12/2008

The report states that the infant mortality rate has declined to 22 deaths per 1,000 live births and the child mortality rate to 27 per 1,000. Jordan ranks 45th amongst 122 countries in the Education for All Development Index. The survey confirms that child labor is a problem in the Kingdom.

Minister of Planning Suhair Al Ali stated that the ministry is currently finalizing its own report on child labor figures and will release it shortly, with initial figures showing 33,000 child laborers in Jordan, one third of which are in Amman.

Minister of Education Tayseer Nueimi pledged to increase centers that work to re-integrated drop-outs into the school system. There are currently 19 such centers, which he said will increase to at least 32. Minister of Social Development.

Hala Lattouf also promised to increase rehabilitation programs, specifically those related to handicap rehabilitation.

Minister of Health Salah Mawajdeh noted that he will work on improving the conditions at the workplace to reduce the risks associated with child labor as the country works to battle the problem.

Minister of Labor Bassem Salem said that the ministry will assess the work being done in East Amman to combat child labor and roll out the project if they find it successful.

Minister of Awkaf Abdul Fattah Salah committed to raising the issue during Friday prayers and to educate people through sermons.

The report explores the overall conditions, including the environment, demographics, governance, culture and social factors, which affect the lives of children, which includes at-risk children, at the national and governorate levels and inside the family as well. In addition, the report discusses national efforts to ensure the rights of women and children through legislative and political initiatives, and comprehensive integrated service coverage.

It also focuses on the issue of health and nutrition, as it affects the quality
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