This report details the findings of consultations with 600 children in Brazil, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Malawi and Russia about their priorities for the post-2015 framework. We focused on vulnerable and excluded groups including children living in institutional or foster care, on the streets, in detention, or in extended families.
Children told us that they want the following:
- To be safe and protected in families
- To live a life free from violence in homes, schools, workplaces and communities
- To be treated equally, with dignity, respect and tolerance
- Good friends and time to play and rest
- To go to good schools with good teachers
- Enough food to eat and decent homes
- To be free from child labour and exploitation
We are calling for a post-2015 framework which reflects children's priorities for change. This framework should revitalise efforts to address the issues already laid out in the Millennium Development Goals, asserting the need to eradicate hunger, and to provide all children and families with access to clean drinking water, good health care and decent shelter and living environments.
The new framework should move beyond material concerns and the provision of basic services to also include goals and targets in the following key areas.
- Child protection
- Accessible, safe, quality and relevant schooling
- Safe opportunities for leisure and play
Our consultations with children further suggest the importance of changes to the way that the post-2015 development framework is developed, implemented and monitored.