Children from poor communities want to be teachers or doctors; children from affluent countries want to be famous - global survey

Second annual "Small Voices, Big Dreams" survey of children
from 44 countries reveals their hopes, dreams and concerns

MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Ask 10- to 12-year-olds around the world what they'd like to be when they grow up and almost half in the developing world will tell you they'd like to be teachers or doctors. In developed countries, however, almost half would like to be professional athletes, actors, singers, or fashion designers.

That was just one of the findings in the second annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey by Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) and as part of ChildFund Alliance, a network of 12 child development organizations that help children in developing countries.

"The Small Voices, Big Dreams survey gives a voice to thousands of children whose insights are so often muted by the world around them," says Mark Lukowski, CCFC, CEO. "The results will help all ChildFund Alliance member organizations to validate our priorities, enhance our programs, and ultimately improve the quality of life for children and their families.

A total of 4,592 children (10-12-year olds) in 44 countries - from Afghanistan to Canada to Zambia - were asked six open-ended questions ranging from what their favourite pastime is to what they'd do to protect children if they were leader of their country. Please visit for the full survey report, videos, and photos.

About Christian Children's Fund of Canada and ChildFund Alliance

For more than 50 years, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) has helped children and families of all faiths break the cycle of extreme poverty around the world. CCFC is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a network of 12 child development organizations whose work encompasses more than 15 million children and their families in 58 countries. Visit

SOURCE Christian Children's Fund of Canada

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