About the survey
The Young Voices poll surveyed children and adolescents from 26
States in transition in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Commonwealth
of Independent States (CIS), the Baltic States and nine countries
in Western Europe.
recess at a school in the town of Mostar, FR Yugoslavia.
The largest and most ambitious survey ever taken among children
in Europe and Central Asia, the findings provide a fascinating portrait
of their views, concerns, hopes and dreams. It also provides some
disturbing insights into a world children and young people see as
marked by violence, injustice and discrimination.
The poll is based on face-to-face interviews with 15,200 children,
between the ages of 9 and 17, conducted between December 2000 and
February 2001 by one of the largest polling companies in the world,
more about the
The results reflect the voices of over 93 million children from
35 countries in the region on issues related to their rights. (Source:
UNICEF press release)
The major objectives were to:
- Promote the participation of children and young people by giving
them the opportunity to have their opinions, views and concerns
heard and widely shared with their governments, families and the
public at large.
- Identify the problems and issues that children and young people
themselves see as priorities.
- Complement existing quantitative and qualitative research with
data and information that will assist UNICEF and its partners
to develop stronger and more relevant situation analyses, policies
- Help governments, NGOs, community groups, teachers, business
leaders, the media and young people themselves to gain a better
understanding of children's perceptions regarding their rights
and key areas in need of improvement and change.
- Provide information for effective democracy and good governance.
The Young Voices poll was grounded in the deep conviction that
the opinions of young people must be considered on matters that
affect them and that their voices must be heard by those shaping
the world they will inherit.
For more information on the Europe and Central Asia Survey,
contact Robert Cohen, Regional
Communication Officer, Regional
Office for Central and Eastern Europe, Comm. Of Ind. States and