The United Nations wants to get a better idea of what young people are thinking and to stop feeling “paternalistic” and touch.
It is the intention to launch a global, information-gathering survey four times a year, to take the temperature of the opinions of young people on issues such as education, family life and the internet.
Michael Moller, director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva, said governments and institutions such as the UNITED nations did not listen enough to young people.
“I have 65 years old, and there are very fundamental differences in the way people see themselves when they are 15 and when I’m 65 – my generation can not assume that the younger generation wants,” said Mr Moller.’Patronizing’
He says that the promises established by the UNITED nations and the international community – such as the “sustainable development goals” – need to be informed from the point of view of young people.
“The paternalistic attitude of development no longer works,” said Mr Moller.
“Ask these guys regularly that what they think that means you get a large database of knowledge of what young people around the world think that their life, what their dreams and aspirations.”
There has been a pilot for this United Nations Global Youth Survey, the survey, more than 25,000 people, ranging in age from 10 to 29, in 26 countries.
The first results of the pilot survey performed by the Global Sustainability Index and the Institute, was that 63% of young people do not enjoy school or university.
Young people in the USA and UK are the most unhappy in the field of education, with levels of dissatisfaction (71% and 70%, respectively.
By contrast, 49% of Mexican students and 44% of new zealanders enjoy school.Family attitudes
The survey revealed differences in the way young people in different countries relate to their families – young people in Africa and Asia, the countries that are most positive about spending time with the family that Europeans and Americans.
In the UK, 32% of young people actively dislike spending time as a family, while 69% of the young Vietnamese enjoy.
The survey found that young people have told US that they had the worst year in 2017 – a quarter said it was a bad year for them, while the children in Austria, he has had the best year.
The data will give the UN more reliable measure than ever for the comparison of how the policies of the government are, in reality, the problems of young people, according to the survey, the designer of Professor Dan Cassino of Farleigh Dickinson University in the USA.
It allows the UN to compare how the countries are running with the same metrics, and avoiding the risk of statistics being manipulated.
He said that will give a more in-depth evaluation of the actual impact of the policies, beyond simply looking at the amount of money invested, that ignores waste, fraud, and inefficiencies.
For children and brutal honesty means that you often provide, the more reliable the results of the survey compared to adults.”Throw in the spaghetti’
“The advantage is that children do not have a filter, that does not mind telling the truth, even if it is politically uncomfortable or puts them in a bad light, or if they think that is what the researcher wants to hear,” said the Prof of Cassino.
“The children are great as respondents, simply because they do not care what you want to hear, they are going to tell you what they think you want it or not.”
Prof Cassino hoped that the frequency of the survey, and the possibility of a direct comparison with other countries, encourage governments to “act quickly to correct the problems that are emerging, or emulate the approaches of successful”.
“When a government launches a new program, we typically wait five years to see what are the results,” he said.
“But now we have to be able to see the result on the ground in three or six months, and that will allow governments to test a lot of new things, throw a lot of spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.”
Mr. Moller also warned that in the preparation for the future, education systems must prepare for a continuous increase of the migration.
“Climate change is going to put in tens, if not hundreds, of millions of people in motion in the coming decades and that the world is not ready for this, not even close,” he said.
“Many of these young people – the average age in some African countries is 14 or 15 – and these guys need to be educated to be able to survive, have a job, create a family and have a life full of meaning.”
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