How and why the polls were conducted
Through representative samples of boys and girls in 72 countries
in East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America
and the Caribbean, the polls reflect the views of the 500 million
children and young people between the ages of 9 to 18 living in
the three regions.
Between late 1999 and early 2001, UNICEF regional offices conducted
interviews with nearly 40,000 children (10,000 in East Asia and
the Pacific, 15,200 in Europe and Central Asia, and nearly 12,000
in Latin America and the Caribbean), asking them open-ended as well
as targeted questions about their lives, families, schools, communities
UNICEF plans to use the rich and complex results of the polls to
guide our advocacy and programming support efforts over the coming
years. We will encourage others to do likewise and to translate
the voices of young people into better policies, more effective
budgets and changed attitudes and behaviours towards young people's
participation in society. Young people themselves will be encouraged
to listen to the voices of their peers and to take inspiration and
strength from that solidarity in dealing with the challenges they
The main objectives of the polls are to:
- Promote the authentic participation of children and young people
in decision-making 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.
- Identify priority areas for working with children through NGOs,
schools, community groups, etc. in following up on the survey.
- 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 identify key areas in need of improvement and change.
- Help UNICEF and its partners better understand children's awareness
and perceptions regarding their rights.
- Obtain information that complements existing data, which can
be used by UNICEF and its development partners to advocate on
behalf of children and youth with the aim of developing stronger
and more relevant situation analyses, policies and programmes.
- Identify areas for further research and data collection.
- Provide information for effective democracy and good governance.
- Contribute to building the Global Movement
More about the surveys
This information is provided as a contribution to
discussion on important issues affecting children. UNICEF Regional
offices conducted the polls, analysis and interpretations of the
findings. For more information, please contact the regional
poll contact person directly.