'Start thinking about the interests of children'
By Andreas, Eurochild Children’s Council member, Cyprus
Europe has through its history been a continent with lots of dramatic changes. Some of these changes have changed Europe in a good way, some have changed it in a bad way. In my opinion, if we want to find out what will change in 20 years and what our expectations should be, we would first have to know what has changed in the past 20 years.
What are my dreams for Europe? I believe that with the right circumstances, Europe could be a paradise.
Since 1999, lots of things have changed. For example, technology has progressed a lot, with new possibilities such as being able to call someone and use the internet at the same time, you can watch movies online, and you don’t have to memorize phone numbers now.
But also, terrorist attacks have been introduced, climate change is becoming a bigger and bigger threat, and child poverty is a big problem that children still face.
Politicians and decision-makers have to take children’s opinions into consideration.
Education systems still remain the same in some European countries, in fact, they haven’t changed in the past century. And wars continue, together with the mass immigration that follows them.
So, what are my dreams for Europe? I believe that with the right circumstances, Europe could be a paradise. Child poverty can finally be eliminated, climate change can be stopped, education systems will change for the interest of the children and all children will have good healthcare.
What are the right circumstances, you may ask? Politicians and decision-makers have to take children’s opinions into consideration. They have to start thinking about the interest of the children and not the “interest of their pockets”. Finally, they should not be pessimistic but realise that these problems can in fact be eliminated.