UNICEF director of children’s rights in Hungary, Szilvia Gyurkó, told Vilaggazdaság yesterday that 42 per cent of Hungarian children were unable to participate in school programs last year due to malnutrition, inadequate living conditions, and insufficient access to educational tools and sports equipment. “Those born into poverty are affected their entire lives, which defines a country’s future competitiveness.”
According to figures released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) in September nearly one-third (32.4%) of Hungarians live either in poverty or conditions of social exclusion. Last year 1.44 million Hungarians reported being materially deprived meaning they either could only eat meat once every two days or had to make do without services like heating or household equipment like a washing machine.
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