ChildFund wants Kiwi children aged 10 to 12 years to have their views heard worldwide in the largest global survey of children’s opinions. Now in its sixth year, ChildFund’s Small Voices Big Dreams survey asks children their views on important issues.Children deserve to be heard
Last year more than 6,000 children in 44 countries from Afghanistan to Nicaragua to Zambia gave their views on child rights to mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Every year, the results of the Small Voices, Big Dreams survey provide insights into childhoods around the world – both the differences and the many similarities says ChildFund New Zealand CEO Paul Brown.
“This survey has shown that children have far more knowledge and understanding of the world than they are often given credit for. They deserve to have their opinions heard.”
This year the questions focus on children’s views on safety and protection for children.
As the world decides on a new set of global goals to eradicate poverty, ChildFund wants to make sure that the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals include targets to stop child violence and exploitation.
The Sustainable Development Goals will set the global agenda for the next generation, and governments, including New Zealand, will commit to making them a reality.
“By using this global survey to provide a platform for children’s views on the issue of child protection, we are giving a voice to some of the world’s most vulnerable and overlooked children,” says Mr Brown.
Any child in New Zealand aged from 10 to 12 years old is eligible to give their views on six questions. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete online at the link below.
Printed copies of the survey with a self-addressed, stamped envelope can be requested from Kiri Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 223 111.