#COVID_Under19 Survey: Amplifying Young People's Voices

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As we all know, COVID-19 has affected not only adults but many young individuals around the globe.

IICRD has teamed up with children organizations and advocates to create #COVID_Under19 - a platform for children and youth to share ideas and voice their opinions based on what they feel governments need to improve on.

Support young people in your life to complete a global survey about their experiences during the pandemic. Responses are being collected until July 31st, 2020. The survey is available in 17 different languages and is for children and youth ages 8-17 years old. It was created with help from 270 children across 26 countries.

 

"We need to connect people across the globe to share ideas and ensure young people are heard and are leading processes to support their futures, while adults’ step back to listen and learn from and in partnership with children and young people,” says IICRD's Laura Wright.

The focus of the survey is to collect children and young people’s experiences during COVID-19 and to go forward to shape a better plan of action within governments in response to future pandemics. Children and young people’s voices will have the potential to help build a strong relationship with civil society in order to improve the safety and well-being of the child/youth. Another goal of the survey is to simply hear from the children in regards to dealing with their personal/social interactions amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

More than 5000 responses from children and young people from around the world have been received.

Please help spread the message and engage children to complete the survey by July 31st. 2020 to take part in a future where equality sees no age. 

If you would like to keep up to date and learn more about the results from the initiative, you can follow:

This story was written by Michael Roces. Illustration submitted by 11-years old, as part of a COVID drawing contest.

Imagine a world where we build on the core strengths of children, their families, and communities, to create dignity, belonging, and justice for all.

 

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