Small Voices Rise Up

Mexican girl coming home from school

Diana is 10 and lives in Mexico. She likes to climb trees and has a cat named Manchas (“Spots” in Spanish).

Video by Jake Lyell

Each November, ChildFund Alliance releases its Small Voices, Big Dreams survey, reporting the views of children around the world. In previous years, we’ve asked what children would do to make their communities safer and which rights are the most important to them. This year, more than 6,000 children in 41 countries told us about education and its impact on their future, as well as if they feel safe at school.

Tamilarasu, 11, in his classroom with a friend.

Tamilarasu, 11, in his classroom with a friend.

You can read more here (and the entire report in our Knowledge Center). Here are some of the children’s words.

Diana, 10, lives in Mexico. When asked what it means to be safe in school, she said, “It means that, for example, if I’m here at home and I get scolded and feel bad because of what I did, at my school I can forget about what happened here, and think about mathematics, Spanish and science. And I like it a lot because I can learn new things there.”

Tamilarasu, 11, is in seventh grade in India. He loves to play cricket, and his favorite food is curd rice. “Education is our right,” he says. “All children should get education.”

Finally, we checked in with several schoolchildren in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya. You can hear their answers in this video. Thanks to all of the children and local partner staff members who conducted the survey. They took the first step, and now it’s up to us to listen to the small voices and act!

 

 

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