Vietnamese children aged between 10 and 12 see education as an ideal solution for disrupting the cycle of poverty, according to the annual Small Voices, Big Dreams report recently released by US-based child sponsorship group ChildFund Alliance.
Fifty-three percent of those polled said they would upgrade the nation’s schools to improve children’s lives if they were Vietnam’s president, whereas 49.3 percent of all respondents in other developing countries had the same idea.
A comparable percentage (52 percent) said they would opt for a career as a doctor or a teacher, while a lower rate (42.7 percent) of the surveyed children in those countries selected the two jobs.
26 percent of the Vietnamese respondents prefer doing homework over other activities in their free time.
Only 1 percent said they would dedicate it to computer or video games. In other areas of the world, the percentage rockets to 33.9 percent.
Commenting on the survey results, which found that children are largely optimistic about their future, Jim Emerson, secretary general of the ChildFund Alliance said, “Children who grow up in poverty recognize more than anyone the power that education has to break the cycle of poverty.”
“[They] are placing their hopes and dreams on their ability to learn, and their aspirations to become teachers and doctors speak volumes about their desire to give back to their own communities.”
Almost 4,600 children between the ages of 10 and 12 from 44 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and the Americas – as well as some selected developed nations – participated in the poll which was undertaken from July through September to provide insights into their thoughts and minds.
The respondents were asked six open-ended questions about many topics, including health, education, and child safety and security.
ChildFund Alliance is a network of 12 child development organizations whose work encompasses more than 15 million children, and their families, in 58 countries.
It spends more than US$503 million a year helping deprived, excluded and vulnerable children, with a focus on child-centered development programs that are undertaken in partnership with more than 1,400 local communities.