New Zealand school children aged 10 to 12 years are being asked to participate in this year’s ChildFund global survey which includes a question to help the United Nations set the global agenda for world governments for coming decades.


If you are a Kiwi kid aged 10 to 12 years click here to fill out the survey now.

The fourth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey is the largest global poll of children. In 2012, over 6,200 children from 47 countries took part, including more than 700 New Zealand children, the highest number of any country.


ChildFund New Zealand CEO Paul Brown says the annual survey of children is an important part of the organisation’s ongoing work to listen to children and understand their perspectives.


“The survey aims to find out what matters most to children and to help paint a picture of what life is like for children in developing countries, compared with children in developed countries such as New Zealand.


“In particular the UN question this year provides an exciting opportunity for New Zealand school children to influence the priorities of world governments.”


The Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey is undertaken annually by the ChildFund Alliance, with the results released to coincide with Universal Children’s Day on November 20.


Focusing on the protection of children this year, questions include the following:

  1. What makes you feel safe and happy?
  2. If you were the leader of your country, what is the ONE thing you would do to protect the children of your country from violence?
  3. What do you think are the main causes of violence in your country?
  4. Who is your hero? And why?
  5. The United Nations will be setting new Millennium Development goals for world leaders in 2015, and would like to hear your views. (list provided)
  6. What does peace mean to you?


Question 5 is a child friendly version of the United Nations My World question, which is aimed at gathering feedback for world governments to help set new goals in 2015 for the years to come. It includes a list of potential priorities such as ‘We should do more to protect the earth’, ‘Everyone should be safe from crimes and also violence’, and ‘Everyone should have a good education’ from which children are asked to select six.


Teachers and parents can request paper surveys by emailing Kiri Carter at ChildFund New Zealand at or children can complete the survey online here.

(Please note when completed the survey goes back to the beginning.)


The deadline for completing the survey is July 26, 2013.


If you are a Kiwi kid aged 10 to 12 years click here to fill out the survey now.

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