Thursday, 14 February 2013

A Divided Village raises a Divided Child

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There is a famous African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”.

At The Challenge Network, we believe that the opposite is also true, “A divided village raises a divided child.”

The social divisions in Britain – whether by income, age or ethnicity – create a divided village. We already have the most segregated schools in the rich world* and less trust in those in their neighbourhood than people in any country in Europe.**

And this divided village raises a divided child. How divided? UNICEF*** rates the UK the worst place in the rich world to grow up. 20% less children here have ‘kind and helpful’ peers – childhood friendships tend to reflect adult ones; 20% less children here believe they can get a high-skilled jobs – our social divisions cut many children off accessing these skills.

Divided Britain matters. Not just for us, but for our children too.

* New Economics Foundation, “National Accounts of Well-being”, 2007
** OECD, “Education at a Glance”
*** UNICEF, “Childhood well-being in the rich world”, 2007

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