|The Right of Children to Participate in the Public Decision-||Children have the right to participate in decision-making that affects them. In addition, much can be gained by ensuring children can make their voices heard in public decision-making processes. Children’s participation presents an important opportunity for states to consider the views, needs, rights and wishes of children in developing policy that has a significant impact on children’s lives.
This report aims to document international learning on ways to support and encourage children’s participation in public decision‑making processes at local, national and international levels. It discusses the variety of such approaches used around the world and aims to show ways that children’s participation can be made more effective. Key successes achieved by children participating in these processes are highlighted, along with the key learning and challenges encountered.
Drawing on the experience of stakeholders that support children’s participation, and on the experiences of children themselves, the report identifies the key factors that states need to take into account when establishing mechanisms and structures to facilitate children’s participation in public decision-making.
In particular, the report takes account of the experience of over 20 Save the Children country offices in identifying the building blocks that are key to establishing and developing effective platforms for all children, particularly those from marginalised and excluded groups, to participate fully in public decision-making.||10/09/2020||1MB|
|Save Our Education Report||Protect every child’s right to learn in the COVID-19 response and recovery
For the first time in human history, an entire global generation of children have had their education disrupted. In early April 2020, as the world tried to halt the spread of COVID-19, an estimated 1.6 billion learners globally were out of school. This is a global education crisis. It requires urgent global action. Save Our Education highlights the impact this pandemic will have on the poorest and most marginalised children. Our analysis suggests that almost 10 million children – likely a significant underestimate – are at risk of not returning to school.
On top of this, as governments shift spending towards the health and economic responses to the pandemic, education budgets are likely to come under extreme pressure. Our analysis estimates a potential education financing gap in low- and middle-income countries by the end of 2021 of $77 billion.
The world must act now to protect education. Drawing on global programme evidence – from Colombia to Bangladesh, and Ethiopia to Lebanon – this report sets out the action needed to keep education alive, prepare for school reopening, and to build back better. Because at the heart of the global recovery effort from the pandemic must be every child’s right to learn. ||10/09/2020||3MB|
|Protect a Generation Report||Home/Resources/Protect a Generation Report
PROTECT A GENERATION REPORT
An estimated 99% of children worldwide – or more than 2.3 billion children – live in one of the 186 countries that have implemented some form of restrictions due to COVID-19. Although children are not at a high risk of direct harm from the virus, they are disproportionately affected by its hidden impacts.
The most marginalised and deprived children have been hit the hardest, and existing inequalities have been exacerbated. Progress that had been made against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for children is at risk of being disrupted, or even lost. For many children, the impacts of the pandemic will be catastrophic.
Save the Children carried out a global survey of children and their parents or caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, to find out the impact that the pandemic is having on their access to healthcare, their education, their family finances and their safety, and to hear from children themselves on these topics. The survey is the largest and most comprehensive survey of children and families during the COVID-19 crisis to date. The research was implemented in 46 countries and results in the largest and most comprehensive survey of children and families during the COVID-19 crisis to date, with 31,683 parents and caregivers and 13,477 children aged between 11-17 years old participating.
The research sampled three distinct population groups: Save the Children program participants with telephone numbers or email addresses, specific population groups of interest to Save the Children, and the general public. This report is one in a series presenting findings from the Global COVID-19 Research. The results presented in this report focus on quantitative data from our representative sample of 17,565 parents/caregivers and 8,069 children from 37 countries in in our program participants group.