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YOUNG VOICES IN CHANGING SOCIETIES

The young people of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States have grown up during a period of dramatic change following the collapse of communism. In just over ten years, old structures, and even old ways of thinking, have been swept aside in the shift towards democracy and market economies. " Young People in Changing Societies " a new Report from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, examines the 'transition generation' of 65 million young people across the region - a generation that is putting the reforms of the last decade to the test. This is the first generation to complete its education, looks for jobs and make decisions about raising families in a totally new climate. What happens to them is of crucial importance, not only because they will be running their countries in the future, but because they have a major role to play in building these nations today - in advancing the progress towards market economics and democracy.

Despite their importance, young people in the region have not been recognized as a distinct population group. They are rarely 'heard' in terms of surveys and polls to capture their views, and are seldom consulted on their needs in terms of services, or about the services they already get.

The Report therefore includes the views of young people gathered during focus group discussion and individual interviews in six transition countries: the Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The numbers taking part were small, and their views do not represent the youth population of their country or the region. But their responses provide an illuminating 'snapshot' of how these particular young people feel about their problems, their futures and the changes they have seen.

Please note , Young Voices in Changing Societies is not a fully representative survey of the opinions of young people in any specific country on any particular topic. All those participating did so on a confidential basis and all names have been changed.

Readers wishing to cite these materials should use this reference:
UNICEF (2000) "Young Voices in Changing Societies". Florence: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.

Young Voices in Changing Societies includes"

" an introduction to each of the seven subjects covered:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Young Motherhood
  • Employment
  • Participating in Society
  • Young People in Conflict with the Law

" a set of 13 reports based on focus group discussions and individual interviews carried out in late 1999 in the Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Each report includes:

  • the logistics of the focus group discussions and individual interviews
  • the views expressed by young people in the focus groups
  • the views expressed by young people and relevant adults in individual interviews

" details of the methodology used to gather the views of young people



SUBJECT INDEX:

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Health :

Introduction ( download pdf )

Report 1: Health - Romania ( download pdf )

Report 2: Health - Russia ( download pdf )

Report 3: Health - Uzbekistan ( download pdf )

Discussion guidelines ( download pdf )

Education :

Introduction ( download pdf )

Report 4: Education (Vocational) - Latvia   ( download pdf )

Report 5: Education (Early School Leavers) - Russia  ( download pdf )

Report 6: Education (Early School Leavers) - Ukraine  ( download pdf )

Report 7: Education - Uzbekistan  ( download pdf )

Discussion guidelines ( download pdf )

Young Motherhood :

Introduction ( download pdf )

Report 8: Young Motherhood - Romania  ( download pdf )

Report 9: Young Motherhood - Ukraine  ( download pdf )

Discussion guidelines ( download pdf )

Employment :

Introduction ( download pdf )

Report 10: Employment - Czech Republic  ( download pdf )

Discussion guidelines ( download pdf )

Participating in Society :

Introduction ( download pdf )

Report 11: Participating in Society - Latvia   ( download pdf )

Discussion guidelines ( download pdf )

Leaving Institutional Care :

Introduction ( download pdf )

Report 12: Leaving Institutional Care - Romania   ( download pdf )

Discussion guidelines ( download pdf )

Young People in Conflict with the Law :

Introduction ( download pdf )

Report 13: Young People in Conflict with the Law - Czech Republic   ( download pdf )

Discussion guidelines ( download pdf )



COUNTRY INDEX:

(All pdfs are less than 130KB)

Czech Republic
Employment ( download pdf )
Young People in Conflict with the Law ( download pdf )

Latvia
Education ( download pdf )
Participating in Society ( download pdf )

Romania
Health ( download pdf )
Young Motherhood ( download pdf )
Leaving Institutional Care ( download pdf )

Russia
Health ( download pdf )
Education ( download pdf )

Ukraine
Education ( download pdf )
Young Motherhood ( download pdf )

Uzbekistan
Health ( download pdf )
Education ( download pdf )