In El Salvador, the national youth policy and the rights of young citizens are established in the National Youth Policy , the Youth Action Plan and the General Law of Youth from The National Youth Policy outlines the short-, medium- and long-term objectives of the government and defines six priority areas of intervention: 1 Education: Access, quality and building future human capital; 2 Employment, productive development and entrepreneurship; 3 Healthcare, risky practices and promotion of healthy lifestyles; 4 Culture, entertainment and sport; 5 Prevention of violence, public safety and peaceful culture; and 6 Youth participation and citizenship. The Youth Action Plan offers short-term strategic programs that meet the six defined priority areas and details the corresponding budget. The leading causes of mortality among youth in El Salvador are external, including homicides, traffic accidents and suicides. Young people of both genders are the primary victims of violence: In , the homicide rate among youth aged was per , inhabitants.
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El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It is also the most densely populated and the most industrialized in that region. El Salvador is also among the most violent countries in the American subcontinent. Salvadorian children have fallen victim to poverty, civil wars, and frequent natural catastrophes. Population: 6,1 million Pop. An estimated 4 out of 10 inhabitants of El Salvador live in poverty. These conditions have serious consequences for these populations, whom lack access to sufficient nutrition, water, or sanitation services.
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Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. All day, it is filled with small groups of children playing, paying little attention to how precarious their surroundings are. Severe violence is an established reality in the capital of the Central American country of El Salvador. Gang activity has taken a firm hold and deeply marks everyday life.