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Young Voices - National surveys to collect young people's voices

Young voices began when Save the Children Sweden carried out the Ung röst (Young voice) survey in order to collect the views of Swedish young people and children: it is a human right for children to make their voices heard and to express their views on matters affecting them (CRC, art. 12). The survey focused on children aged 12, 14 and 16 and questions were asked on safety, violence, costs in schools, their possibility to participate and more. In 2014, the results were presented as a useful advocacy tool in discussions with Swedish politicians, policy-makers and service providers. One child answered in the Swedish survey: “No one has ever asked what we think about this.” Young voices wants to change exactly this, and through innovative communication and advocacy activities ensure that decision makers actually hear these voices.

Following the success of this national survey, Save the Children Sweden decided to implement a global follow-up by supporting selected Save the Children Country Offices/Members  – the international project Young voices. The national surveys began in 2016 through Save the Children local offices. They are: Kosovo, Lithuania, Mongolia, Peru, Armenia, Jordan and Albania. The results from the surveys are presented by Save the Children Country Offices to decision-makers as well as media and society in their respective countries – so that relevant changes will take place in ensuring children’s rights. Young people’s participation in presenting solutions following the survey is encouraged. 

Please watch this two minute results video of Young Voices - Kosovo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck1m3buqU0s 

Watch this film of Young Voices - Mongolia as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWSHt0_KNV8

Additional information on the project may be found here: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/young-voices

To learn more about Young Voices, contact the Project Manager Barbara Voors, barbara.voors@rb.se, from Save the Children Sweden.

 

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