Save the Children’s Hear Our Voices Values Exchange Shows Interesting Insights
18 November 2011
Seen and not heard?
On Universal Children’s Day Save the Children says things must change
Save the Children’s Hear Our Voices Values Exchange is an online platform that gives young people a chance to have their say and share their perspectives on issues that affect them. Launched earlier this month the site is already showing some interesting insights. Three of the key issues users have highlighted they’d like tackled by the Government post-election are: giving children a voice in national and local government, consulting with young people on issues related to education and stopping domestic violence.
Save the Children’s CEO Liz Gibbs comments:
“Launching the Hear Our Voices Values Exchange is another step on our journey of helping to encourage New Zealand to take children’s rights seriously. Universal Children’s Day is a good opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on how we can do better for our young people. Children have the right to survival, protection, participation and development and we need to be vigilant as a country to ensure that we are providing our future generations with the chance to fulfil their potential.
“Save the Children’s founder Eglantyne Jebb was instrumental in developing the Convention on the Rights of the Child and I’m proud that we have established a way for young people to share their thoughts and perspectives on some of the key issues that affect them. It’s early days and the numbers of users of Hear Our Voices Values Exchange are growing gradually but we believe that this is a platform that will become of increasing interest to children and young people. And it will be a vital way for Government, policy makers, businesses and other organisations to benefit from the wisdom of our young people and include them in finding solutions to key issues.”
Save the Children wants New Zealand’s children and young people to use Hear Our Voices Values Exchange to think through their responses to some of the issues for children that will be considered in the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, and will present their views and opinions to government along with their own response.
Children and young people can sign up through their school or access the platform at http://savethechildren.values-