Children worried by global issues: Unicef

23 Nov 2017 12:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 23 NOV (NAMPA) – Most children are deeply concerned about global issues affecting them, a recent survey by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) shows.
These issues include violence, terrorism, conflict, climate change, unfair treatment of refugees and migrants, and poverty.
The survey interviewed children between 9 to 18 years old in 14 countries.
A report on the survey, availed to Nampa by Unicef Namibia’s Chief of Communication Judy Matjila on Wednesday, says children feel disenfranchised when decisions are made that affect children.
“Children in South Africa and the United Kingdom feel the most disenfranchised, with 73 per cent and 71 per cent respectively reporting feeling that their voices are not heard at all or their opinions do not make a change anyway.”
The statement further said children in India feel the most empowered, with 52 per cent believing their voices are heard and that their opinions can affect the future of their country.
“Nearly half of children (45 per cent) across 14 countries do not trust adults and world leaders to make good decisions for children. Brazil has the highest proportion of children (81 per cent) who do not trust leaders, followed by South Africa at 69 per cent.”
These findings were released as part of World Children’s Day that is celebrated annually on 20 November.
Namibia celebrated the day in Swakopmund, with about 30 girls and boys aged 12 to 18 from various local schools, participating in activities through which they could express their views and voice support for the millions of their peers who are facing a less hopeful future.
Other findings of the survey indicate that children in Brazil, Nigeria, and Mexico are the most worried about violence affecting children, with 82 per cent, 77 per cent and 74 per cent respectively worrying a lot about this issue.
Children in Turkey and Egypt are the most likely to worry about terrorism affecting them personally, at 81 per cent and 75 per cent respectively.
By contrast, children in the Netherlands are the least likely to be concerned that terrorism would affect them directly, at just 30 per cent.
Children in Brazil and Nigeria are the most concerned about poor quality education or lack of access, with more than eight in 10 children worrying about this affecting children across the world. 

In Mexico, Brazil and Turkey, they most likely worry about unfair treatment of refugee and migrant children across the world, with nearly three in five Mexican children expressing fear, followed by more than half of children in Brazil and Turkey.