Save the Children Jordan launches the "Young Voices" Report

Thursday 4 October 2018

Save the Children Jordan launched the "Young Voices" report, which highlights issues affecting children in Jordan and the importance of their voices to be heard by decision-makers.

Save the Children Jordan launched the "Young Voices" report, which highlights issues affecting children in Jordan and the importance of their voices to be heard by decision-makers. This came during a ceremony held under the patronage of the Minister of Social Development, Dr. Hala Bseiso Lattouf, at the Haya Cultural Center in Amman, in the presence of a number of national and international organizations concerned with children's affairs and rights.

 

Save the Children Jordan launched today the "Young Voices" report, which highlights issues affecting children in Jordan and the importance of their voices to be heard by decision-makers.

 

This came during a ceremony held under the patronage of the Minister of Social Development, Dr. Hala Bseiso Lattouf, at the Haya Cultural Center in Amman, in the presence of a number of national and international organizations concerned with children's affairs and rights.

 

The survey carried out by Save the Children Jordan included the views of 1,500 boys and girls (12-17 years old), in fourteen locations in the twelve governorates of the Kingdom, as well as two camps for Syrian and Palestinian refugees, on matters of concern to them.

 

The Young Voices report is part of Save the Children Jordan's efforts to identify children's views on issues affecting education, protection, and others, including their ability to convey their ideas and opinions. In addition, the report measures their level of knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child issued by the United Nations and ratified by Jordan in 1991, which includes the full and effective enjoyment of rights by children.

 

Rania Malki, CEO of Save the Children Jordan, said in her opening statement: “Some of the findings retrieved from the survey are concerning: 17% of our children are worried about harming themselves, 34% are worried about bullying, 64% of our girls think they will not be able to get a job when they finish school and 43% of our children do not know who to turn to or talk to when unfairly treated. These statistics are concerning and we as safe keepers and guardians should think collectively about how we should respond best to our children and their concerns.”

 

A play was presented at the event by a group of child advocates who were trained to support children's issues in the (Safe You, Safe Me), a protection program implemented by Save the Children Jordan in Amman and Jerash. A short film about the main findings of the study was also shown during the event in addition to a discussion panel held to discuss the views of the children.

 

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