73% Indian youth in Unicef poll say quality of education has become better now than in past | India News

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NEW DELHI: A new Unicef-Gallup international survey across 21 countries shows that of the 1,500 respondents from India, nearly 73% between 15 – 24 years of age believe that the quality of education has become better now than it was in the past. The survey also shows that 57% in the same age group and 45% of people above 40 years of age feel that education is the biggest determinant of success. Nearly 58% of the youth believe that children today experience more pressure to succeed.
“The Changing Childhood Project“, is a first-of-its-kind survey to ask multiple generations for their views on the world and what it is like to be a child today. It surveyed more than 21,000 people in the 15-24 and 40 years and above age group in 21 countries in early 2021. Respondents from India were surveyed before the second deadly wave of Covid-19 this year.
“In India, where an overwhelming number of the world’s young people reside, it is heartening to see the optimism and value attached to education,” said Yasumasa Kimura, Unicef India representative.
The survey shows that 64 per cent of young people aged 15-24 in India are likely to believe that the world is becoming a better place. This was higher than the average across 21 countries, which was 57%.
However, the survey found half the young people polled from India were concerned about personal information being collected when using the internet. 60% also believe that meeting someone in person after meeting them online is very risky.
The report shows that 55% younger people have heard of climate change compared to 42% older people – the biggest overall gap across 21 countries. The younger generation is much more likely to blame companies for climate change.
65% of young respondents from India believe that it is very important for politicians to listen to children’s voices. Almost 57% of young people believe the legal marrying age for women should be older than 18 years.
The survey findings from India also show some perception gaps between younger and older respondents. For instance 57% of young people use the internet daily, compared to 27% of older people – the fourth largest generation difference among 21 countries.
Besides India, the other countries surveyed include Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, Ukraine, USA and Zimbabwe.





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