National head of UNICEF decided to poll canadian youth about what happiness is.
Each year, UNICEF publishes the reporting card, which reports on the well-being of children in all countries of the world. Of course, the leading position is occupied by the Scandinavian countries, but am a little surprised at how much lower the rate in many other developed countries.
Take, for example, Canada, which occupies only 17th place out of 29 wealthy countries when it comes to the welfare of children. (So generally situated on the 26th place of 29. Followed by only Lithuania, Latvia and Romania). And if you ask the children, then Canada is a shameful 24th place.
Canadian UNICEF decided to take matters into their own hands. With a noble goal to lift Canada to 1st place in the list by 2030, they launched a research project, in which he talked with young Canadians about how they define well-being.
Learned UNICEF – factors used in official reports, such as assessment, physical health, obesity, etc – are not so important and decisive for the children themselves. They care more about friendship, about caring and providing for their security as adults, future opportunities, holistic health, respect and accommodation in comfortable conditions – all to make it work harder.
The final report was published under the title “My cat makes me happy.” This name – argument for frequent discussions on the positive impact of Pets on the lives of many children.
Sixteen-year-old Olivia Lam participated has contributed to the formation of the report. She told UNICEF that today, children and youth well-being is measured on a very “surface level” and does not take into account such factors as friendship and romantic relationships: “I think that in order to affect the well-being of children, to start to get to know them.”
UNICEF Canada does not know whether the results of their countries is better or worse, after you make adjustments to the questionnaire, but is confident that they will be more accurate and reliable. The team plans to use this report to develop a canadian index of child and youth well-being, starting this fall.
“I think canadian children, both urban and rural areas, need to spend more time on the street unattended. It would solve a lot of problems with fights, obesity and General health, would reduce the amount of time spent at the TV screen, would improve evaluation and social relations. This would lead children to more contact with wildlife (we know they love animals), would give a sense of unity, and further security. This would give many the desire to protect the environment, because they want to live in a safe world.”
Dutch children for a very long time was considered the happiest (now Norwegian). And they say that the key factor of this happiness are the constant trips and outdoor games in the fresh air.
It seems that the solution has already been found. Let’s take an example from the Nordic countries, has found the magic formula. The problem is not the children. The problem is parents who should open the door for them and push out into the world.