Many children feel that their school is not safe, financial Worries – and not all of them have someone to take care of you. This is evident from a survey of around 3450 children and adolescents between 8 and 14 years.

The Bertelsmann Foundation and the renowned Frankfurter Professor of education Sabine Andresen had carried out the study nationwide in the school year 2017/18. On Tuesday in Gütersloh, Germany, published a study that gives insight into the lives, perspectives and Concerns of Adolescents.

Tenor: most of The respondents see themselves in many areas. But depending on the age and type of school differences, pressures and challenges in terms of poverty and lack of education opportunities are clear, the Foundation said. “Children and young people are able, in a very differentiated way in different areas of life. It is crucial that their voices heard at the political level and be taken seriously,” said Andresen, the German press Agency.

As the Eight – to 14-Year-old? The attention of parents and teachers, the material Situation, their feeling of safety at school, or the possibilities of co-determination? “In my family there is someone who cares for me” – this statement is true under the 14-Year-olds, one in ten “, or only a little bit”. And a good five percent of eight year olds, that no one take care of in the family really. “This initially looks quite good. But every single child should have a person of trust,” said Foundation expert Anette stone. “The family is the place where every child, without exception, protection, love, care, attention should know”, turned out also Andresen.

it Goes to confidence in the teacher, sees the study in any case, the need for action. The older the boys and girls are, the less you believe: “My teachers care about me and help me when I have problems”. Well, four out of five eight-year-old primary school pupils to agree with this statement “100 percent” or “very”. But in the case of the 14-Year-old it’s not even the half of them (48.2 percent). Here, too, it would have to be so better, will find the study authors.

The same is true for the sense of security of children. Because the sentence “I feel safe in my school”, says about one in every third child of a major, total or secondary school: “I agree with less”. This is downright alarming, to find the stone. You have not differentiated yet carefully calculated or, what Fears to play specifically, what is the role of. The survey asked students about whether they feel on the way to school or in the school safe, whether you have experienced bullying or violence.

“The feeling of safety is a Central part of your well-being”, turns out to be a scientist, Andresen. “Children and young people spend more and more time in school.” It is all the more important to create the necessary framework conditions.

How is the financial resources? The analysis criticized, not all have enough scope for education and development, children from low-income families to be denied an “average” Growing up often. In the survey a great part but of substantive law. So between 92,5 and 98.4 percent say that they have enough money for class trips, something Nice to Wear, a Bicycle, scooter or inline skates, and everything Necessary for the school.

However, a private room, only 84 percent have a family holiday could make in the previous year, only 88 per cent – with a Distinction between primary and secondary school students.

but Above all, in the expressed financial concerns, you should look Andresen, exactly. Well, every second child “occasionally”, “often” or “always” Worried about the financial situation of the family.

“politics needs to fight child poverty”, called for the researcher. Children needed a solid financial base to fulfil their potential and develop their talents. And the message of the Foundation is: “The policy should have your ear closer to the young people, and you consistently participate.”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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