The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) sees deficiencies in the promotion of families in Germany. Although Germany has long been one of the leaders in promoting families, its birth rate is far below the OECD average, according to an OECD report published in Paris on Wednesday. As the most important reason, the organization cites the still inadequate reconciliation of children and career.
The birth rate in Germany, at 1.36 children, is below the OECD average of 1.76 children. In Germany, children often come at the expense of a woman's career and financial resources, according to the OECD report. This is why the desire to have children is postponed longer in Germany than in other OECD countries, especially among academically educated women. He also said that income disparities between the sexes are particularly pronounced in Germany. In addition, women spend twice as much time caring for relatives as men.
Opening hours of kindergartens often too short
Germany is also the only OECD country whose tax system favors single earners in families with children. Furthermore, the opening hours of kindergartens are often too short. Only ten percent of all elementary school students in Germany take advantage of extracurricular activities. Germany is praised for its incentives to involve fathers in parenting.
Until the age of 18. According to statistics, 146 children are born before the age of 60 in Germany.000 euros are spent on education and family policy – the OECD average is 124.000 euros. Relatively low, therefore, is the child poverty rate of 8.3 percent compared to 12.7 percent on average in OECD countries.
Child poverty on the rise in Turkey, Israel, U.S
The OECD is concerned about the increased child poverty in many of its member countries. Child poverty has increased in Turkey, Israel, the United States, Mexico and Poland since the 1990s. OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria demanded that the weakest in society should not have their social benefits cut.
The OECD recommendations also include expanding childcare facilities. Further incentives are also needed to reconcile family and career. On parental leave, she said, there must be incentives for fathers to encourage them to do their share in raising children.