In Brief: Children’s hopes and fears surveyed across the world
“When I grow up….” 54 percent of Ugandan children surveyed would like a career in medicine
ADDIS ABABA, 20 November 2012 (IRIN) - For the past three years, the ChildFund Alliance
, a coalition of development and protection NGOs, has surveyed thousands of children around the world about their experiences, aspirations and concerns.
Highlights of the third survey - of 6,204 children between 10 and 12 years old in 47 countries - were released on 20 November, revealing:
of respondents in developing countries, would, if made president, focus on better education to improve the lives of other children.
of respondents in developing countries would provide for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.
of the African children surveyed said they had experienced a drought.
of children in developed countries had experienced drought.
of children surveyed in Africa said they had experienced a bush or forest fire.
of African respondents said improving health care was a priority.
of children in developed countries said the same.
of children surveyed in Ghana said they would like to grow up to be doctors, nurses or dentists.
of children in developed countries said they would like to become professional athletes, artists or entertainers.
of children in Sierra Leone say death, illness and disease are their greatest fears.
[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]