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19.11.2016

MEDIA INVITATION - "YOUNG VOICES" REPORT LAUNCHING

“Young Voices” Report launching - Survey accomplished by Save the Children in Kosovo, in partnership with Ombudsperson Institution (IAP), on 21 November 2016 (on Monday ), in Main Office in OI, str. “MIGJENI”, No. 21, floor IV, Prishtinë, from 10:00.

“Young Voices” nation-wide survey brings forward what 1588 young people aged 12-16 think and feel on different issues such as violence, bullying, costs in schools, knowledge about rights, the future and much more which are included in the Convention on Child Protection.

A finding from the Report shows that:

86.4% say they want more influence on issues that concern them,

Since, as the children state by themselves:

“They ask us, they consult us, but they never do what we tell them they should do”. (quoted by children )

or

“At school, the teachers have the authority to praise you, but also put you down. For example, I asked the teacher a question and the teacher repeated the question to the class by mentioning me. This made me feel down for a very long time”. ( quoted by children)

or

“The reason why we have a lot of stress over grades is because of the future. We are worried about our grades, because we think they define our future.”.”(quoted by children)

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Background information regarding the Report “YOUNG VOICES”

Young Voices is a nation-wide survey carried out among 1588 young people aged 12-16 in in order to get their views and ideas on violence, bullying, costs in schools, knowledge about rights, the future and much more.

This survey was prepared for the first time in Sweden and Save the Children in Kosovo has modified slightly the methodology of this survey in order to better comply with the Kosovo context.

“Young Voices” provides an insight into how children perceive their situation and how they feel their rights are respected and fulfilled. The aim is to disseminate this knowledge and have the adults who have an impact on children’s lives take this knowledge to heart - and act on it..

Save the Children, in cooperation with the Institution of the Ombudsperson wants Parliament, the Government, municipalities and schools to create structures and procedures to capture children’s opinions and ensure that these are taken into account in all decisions concerning children.

Save the Children Kosovo aims also to use the findings deriving from this Report “Young Voices” to develop and enrich projects, new policies and laws which definitely should lead to increase spending on necessary areas of concern, all in order to make life better for young people and children.

Summary “Young Voices” 2016

• 63.4% of children report to be sad and down for a longer period of time; 54.1% report that they feel sad and down very often and 36.6% report that they sometimes feel sad and down

• 35.7% of girls and 36.4% of boys worry about being bullied.

• 32.9 % of children have felt bullied or harassed during this semester or the last one.

• Three out of five children stress over schoolwork; 53% experience stress sometimes; 16.1% experience a lot of stress.

• 63% of girls and 54.3% of boys worry about not being able to handle school..

• Almost four out of five children experience stress over grades. 50% reported to experience stress over grades sometimes, 28.3% reported to experience stress over grades a lot, whereas, 21.7% reported to not experience stress over grades at all.

• 96% of children always feel safe at home, whereas 81.1 % always feel safe in the classroom.

• 75.6% have seen someone get punched or hit in the past year.

• Around 96% of children have heard of children’s rights, and the CRC, however...

1. 50.3% of children report that they don’t know where to refer to when they have problems in the family.

2. 41.7% of children do not know where to refer to when they feel violated or unfairly treated.

• 84% of children say that Kosovo needs to do more to ensure the presence of the Ombudsperson Institution in each municipality.

• 84% of all young people in Kosovo look at their future in a positive way

• 24.6% of children living in villages report to have faced at least one of the following financial obstacles: 1) Not being able to participate in school activities; 2) Not being able to pay for school uniform or other learning tools; 3) Not being able to participate in extracurricular school courses.

We can be happy when we participate fully in decision making processes – any other level should not please us
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