Singapore is the best place in the world to raise a child

Living in Singapore, we sometimes take safety for granted.

Almost nobody tells you not to walk in certain areas after dark, which is common advice in many countries. If you ever heard this, most probably is your parents niam-ing you lah! That’s likely their way of TLC for you.

That same environment of safety in Singapore also applies to our children. And this is acknowledged in the latest Global Childhood Report, compiled by non-governmental organisation Save The Children.

Beyond the protection of children, the report also looked at their health and education. For the second year, Singapore was ranked first among 176 countries, ahead of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Slovenia. The report said that in 2017, the under-5 mortality rate for every 1,000 live births in Singapore was 2.8, among the lowest in the world.

In addition, there were no records of malnourished children aged 0 to 59 months, or children aged five to 17 engaged in child labour from 2013 to 2018. Only 0.1 per cent of children in Singapore were not attending primary or secondary school in the same time period.

Interestingly, China and the US are tied for 36th place, while Russia ranks 38th with scores of 941, 941 and 940, respectively – at least 30 points behind most Western European countries.

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“The United States, China and Russia may be the three most powerful countries in the world – in terms of their economic, military and technological strength and global influence – but all three badly trail most of Western Europe in helping children reach their full potential,” noted the report.

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As Singaporeans, we can KPKB about anything under the sun. After all, Lee Kuan Yew once called us “champion grumblers”, aka “Master KPKB-er”. But there are definitely things we should be grateful for.

Such as living in a country which has been ranked the best country in the world for a child to grow up healthy, educated and protected, with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

That is no small achievement for any country to achieve in a generation. And that is something we Singaporeans should celebrate, whether you are a parent or not.