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Survey asks children: what do you want from Europe?

A new online survey aims to capture the views of children and young people on the future of Europe. Partners UNICEF and Eurochild say it is a rare opportunity for children living on the continent to have their voices heard by EU decision-makers.

‘The Europe Kids Want‘ survey covers topics including children’s experience of family life, school and society plus their thoughts on Europe. It has been deliberately written in child-friendly language to encourage under 18s to have their say.

Fresh perspectives

Results will be announced on November 20 as part of Universal Children’s Day, a special European Parliament session attended by a delegation of children and young people. It is hoped youngsters will offer some fresh perspectives on migration and the EU, as well their future hopes and fears. The survey also asks them for one word they associate with Europe.

Caterina Chinnici, MEP and Co-chair of Children’s Rights Intergroup of the European Parliament, said: “Children and young people are important stakeholders in the future of Europe. I congratulate UNICEF and Eurochild for developing such an accessible tool for children to give their feedback on their life today and share their hopes for the future. As decision-makers, we need to listen to children’s views to better design policies that suit their needs.”

Focus groups

The survey has been developed by children’s rights experts, and tested with focus groups of children. It is open until September 21, and schools and other bodies working with young people are encouraged to use the online guidelines to stimulate debates.

It is open to children of all ages, and although mainly targeted at children and young people living in the EU, responses from children outside the EU are welcome. The survey will eventually be available in at least 19 languages.

Author: Simon Weedy

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