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Operation Uruguay

UNICEF Uruguay’s top priorities

• Early childhood development
• Education
• Violence
• Juvenile Justice

Operation Uruguay: Protecting the Rights of Children

Facts about Uruguay

• Nearly half of the children of Uruguay are born and grow up below the poverty line.

• More than 20 percent of children under 2 are at risk, or have serious problems in intellectual development.

• 33 percent of 15 year-old Uruguayan students do not reach the minimum competence threshold in reading and math (PISA 2006).

• Adolescents are wrongly associated with the increasing insecurity and violence—67.5 percent of 14,420 police interventions on adolescents were groundless in 2007.

• Most services, resources, institutions and projects dedicated to adolescents are concentrated in Montevideo and metropolitan areas. I National Congress of Children and Adolescents of Uruguay and the National Consultation to Children and Adolescents “Opino y Vale” pointed at the need for public places, sport, cultural and recreation activities, and places to meet.