‘Europe Kids Want’: 53% of children and young people worry about not finding a job
Violence and climate change are also at the top of children's fears
BRUSSELS - Children and young people aged 10 and above in over 20 European countries are most worried about not finding a job according to the findings of the ‘Europe Kids Want’ online survey released by UNICEF and Eurochild.
Children from Italy, Serbia, Spain, Ireland and Bulgaria fear the most about not finding a job.
Violence and climate change are also at the top of children’s fears.
48.2% are worried about the possibility of war or terrorist attacks and 41% about climate change.
74% of respondents said that schools are not preparing them well enough for the next stages of their lives.
Two thirds of children and adolescents feel welcoming and curious towards people from different nationalities living in their country with a different language, culture or religion living in their area.
61.5% of children think that treating different people equally would make school a better place and for 43% stopping bullying will make children feel safer at school.
The ´Europe Kids Want´ online survey was developed by children’s rights experts and tested with children before being launched in June this year. In total, nearly 14,000 children and young people from 23 countries participated in the survey during four months, providing over 38,000 responses to topics such as school safety, climate change, family environment and online behavior. The poll remains open and is available in 29 languages, including Bulgarian.
“There are at least 100 million children and adolescents living in the European Union today who should have their voices heard on decisions about their futures,” said UNICEF Deputy Director Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, who was in Brussels for World Children’s Day celebrations at the European Parliament. “The European Parliament is opening its doors today for young people to get that conversation started and help shape the Europe of tomorrow, and we are excited to join this conversation.”
The event in Brussels, hosted by President Antonio Tajani at the European Parliament and coorganized by UNICEF and Eurochild, brings 40 children and young people from around Europe, including Mina and Yoan from Bulgaria, as well as high-level influencers and decision makers, to debate the results of the ‘Europe Kids Want’ survey and agree on a roadmap for future engagement.