Children with children. Romania has the most underage mothers in Europe

In 2021, Romania had the largest number of children born to underage mothers in the European Union, namely 8,024, according to the data transmitted on Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics, writes Agerpres.

Most, 3,446, were born to mothers aged 17, 2,424 – to 16-year-old mothers, 1,409 – to 15-year-old mothers and 745 – to mothers aged 10 to 14.

On the other hand, however, the number of children born to underage mothers decreased constantly in Romania from 2017 to 2021. Thus, in 2017 the country had 9,425 children born to mothers under 18, in 2018 – 8,621, in 2019 – 8,457 and in 2020 – 8,276. Also, if in 2017, 761 children were born to girls between the ages of 10 and 14, in 2021 their number was reduced to 745.

On a general level, in the European Union, the number of children born to underage mothers was 27,845, of which 14,010 were 17-year-old mothers, 8,268 – 16-year-old mothers, 3,903 – 15-year-old mothers and 1,664 – 10- to 14-year-old mothers. years. Luxembourg was the state with the fewest children born to underage mothers in 2021, respectively 14.

At the opposite pole, other countries with a significant number of children born to underage mothers in 2021 were France, with 3,479, Bulgaria – 2,976 and Germany – 2,830.

The source of the data published by the INS are both the institution's own statistics and the figures published by Eurostat.

“Health Education”, optional subject introduced in schools

The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, declared last year that Romania would evolve from the point of view of health status indicators if the discipline “Education for health” were introduced in schools. “The discipline “Health Education” must be taught in schools, with age-appropriate content. Until we introduce health education as a compulsory subject in schools, we will not progress in many areas, including the area of ​​unwanted pregnancies.”

In June 2022, Edupedu.ro wrote that “Education for health” can be taught from the 8th grade with the consent of the parents.

Education modules for health, finance, environment, road, law or entrepreneurship become compulsory “themes” in the framework plans and school curriculum, according to the Pre-University Education Law.

The new Education Law also provides for the possibility of granting a financial incentive to underage mothers who return to school. In November 2023, there were 741 scholarships for minor mothers awarded, according to data from the Ministry of Education.