Mongolia's population is getting younger each yearSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The initiative to observe the first day of June as an International Day of protecting children's rights first came up as one of the results of the 1925 Assembly of the League of Nations, held in Geneva. Mongolia joined the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990 as its fifth member. The International Children's Day is observed every year since June 1 of 1996 in Mongolia.
Children under age of 18 constituted 34.6 percent (one million 79 thousand 730 children) of the total population of Mongolia by the end of 2016, making it a very "young" nation. A total of 79,382 babies were born last year, according to the National Statistics Office.
Under six-year-old children make up for 28 percent of all children, and 77.6 percent of them go to kindergarten.
Mongolian parliament amended the law regarding prizes for mothers who gave birth to and raised many children in 2011. Since then, the number of mothers with the "Glory of Mother" Order grew 1.6 times within just one year. The order is awarded to mothers, who gave birth to four or more children.
As of 2016, there were over 210 thousand awardees of Glory of Mother Order. The number is forecast to grow in the coming years.
Likewise, the population is estimated to get younger year by year.