Children in European countries do not all live equally well. In some countries the children are better able to take care of themselves than others, and are more satisfied with their own lives, says Dr. Urban Boljka from the Social Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia.
How well do children live in Slovenia compared to their European peers? And what does it mean that children live well?
»This means that they are materially able to be healthy and safe, that they are not exposed to dangerous behaviors, that they can get quality education and live in orderly family surroundings surrounded by their friends. It is also important whether the children themselves feel that they live well or poorly,« explains the researcher.
The researchers found that children in Slovenia live well. A survey by Save the Children also found this.
Slovenia achieves the best results in the area of material security, which is contrary to the information seen in the media, notes the expert. This is followed by education, where our children achieve very good results. The worst results are those for a healthy lifestyle.
»Children are not physically active, there is a problem with being overweight, and they do not eat the healthiest foods,« explains Urban Boljka.
The Children’s Prosperity Index ranks Slovenia 6th, ahead of us are Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Iceland and Denmark.
How to improve our ranking?
»We need to communicate to those who have power in society what is most disturbing in our society, in what society we want to live, and how to cooperate with such communities. We must be active citizens. Only then will they hear us, and only then will they know what to change,« says Dr. Urban Boljka.
Points to Consider
- Why do you think Slovene children achieve worst results in the area of healthy lifestyle?
- How do you take care of your health?
- Do you think you live well?
The original version of this article was published on April 19th.