Children and young people are fully fledged stakeholders in Europe’s future. They represent a key constituency not only because they have more at stake when it comes to decisions on their future, but also because they are strongly committed to and understand the values underpinning European integration.
As European leaders debate the future of Europe, an online survey invites children and young people to share their views on the Europe they want. The survey, entitled ‘the Europe Kids Want’ is a joint initiative by UNICEF and Eurochild. Topics covered include children’s experience of family-life, school, and society as well as their thoughts on Europe.
Complete the survey in your preferred language by 1 October.
The survey is open to children of all ages until 20 November. While targeted at children and young people living in the European Union, responses from children outside the EU are also welcome. The survey will be available in at least 19 languages. It takes an average of 7 minutes to complete. No personal data is gathered.
The survey has been developed by children’s rights experts, and tested with focus groups of children themselves. The questions are written in child-friendly language in order to especially encourage responses from under 18-year-olds.
Schools and other bodies working with children and young people are encouraged to use the guidelines to stimulate in-depth discussions on the questions. (Guidelines coming soon.)
Taking children’s views to the European Parliament
In November 2017, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani committed to host an event in the plenary of the European Parliament to take stock of the work of the European Parliament on children’s rights on an annual basis.
Following this commitment, on 20 November 2018, the President will host the first ever plenary session attended by a delegation of children and young people. The results of the Europe Kids Want survey will form the basis for discussions at this high-level event.
The Europe Kids Want survey is supported by the organisations in the Child Rights Action Group.