Global Kids Hungry for Food and Education

If handed a dollar, 45% of children in developing countries would choose to spend it on food or water, a global survey of 10-12 year olds has found. When asked what they need most, one-third of children (34%) said education and another third (33%) said food. One-third of the children polled said they go to bed hungry at least once a week. The Small Voices/Big Dreams poll, commissioned by the ChildFund Alliance, shows that even the hungriest kids know that education is key to a better life: over half of the children said they would make education their top priority if they were president. 

A parallel survey of children living in poverty in the U.S. found very similar results in many of the questions: 55% of American kids would spend that extra dollar on food, and 29% said that food was what they needed most.  Likewise, 31% put improving education at the top of their presidential priority list. (Some 50 million Americans were food insecure last year.)

When asked what they fear most, children around the world picked animals (spiders, snakes) the most. But in a sad reflection of their reality, 18% of African kids, but only 1% of Americans, picked war/terrorism/violence as their most feared thing.

November 20 is designated by the United Nations as Universal Children’s Day. On this date the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1959, as was the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.  The Millennium Development Goals, outlined by world leaders in 2000, largely focus on helping children, including  halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, halving extreme poverty, and providing universal primary education by 2015.  It’s a tall order; maybe we should make more hungry kids president.

Photo: She would make education her priority if she were president.
Courtesy ChildFund Alliance


Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Sumit jamadar
Sumit jamadar7 years ago


Priscilla G.
Priscilla G7 years ago

We waste a lot of food in our society, it is a shame when so many are starving in our own neighourhoods, there must be a way to stop the waste and feed the hungry in our own community as well as providing for those in other Countries.

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago

No one in this world should be hungry, thirsty, go without an education or safe home. The fact that so many humans in this world are suffering is our world wide shame! We can and should correct these terrible living conditions for every single individual. I read that it would only take the wealth of the top 7 wealthiest people in this world to eradicate poverty. i guess they lied, cheated and stole their way into their wealth and it's now time to step up!

Kaye S.
Rev. Dr. Kaye S7 years ago

How wonderful is that.

Bette M.
Bette M7 years ago

Richard Swierczek says
Nov 23, 2010 6:19 AM
i believe its realy sad that the UK produces more food than we can eat and people in the poorr countries are just starving because they can't get food supplies. I believe that we as a Kingdom are selfish and should stick ourselves out more often.

Richard, you could share all the excess food you have & still there would never be enough for the worlds starving children.
The problem is as soon as these poor are consistantly fed they begin to produce more babies.
The happy medium would be to give em food with strict rules on taking the PILL or some method of birth control.
These poor of the world need to be educated that there is indeed a better way to live as opposed to pumping out babies only to have them starve eventually.
Also, there is an urgent need to reform/change the leaders of many of these African countries who keep for themselves much of the donated food & monies designated for the poor. These leaders lead the poor into believeing no one donated anything. And, the poor believe them simply because they are so uneducated & are not wise to what is going on!!!!!!!

Plant & protect Danny's Trees for life.......

Richard Swierczek

i believe its realy sad that the UK produces more food than we can eat and people in the poorr countries are just starving because they can't get food supplies. I believe that we as a Kingdom are selfish and should stick ourselves out more often.

Karen W.
Karen W7 years ago

It is sad when anyone or anything goes hungry.

Emanuel v.
Emanuel v.7 years ago

The UN only appears to be supportive of children worldwide. It's a scam. Secretly they are engaged in genocide and encourage families to self destruct. They are taking advantage of every opportunity to reduce survival rates among the poor and destitiute. It is a well hidden fact that children supported by UNICEF do less well than children who are not included in their programmes. That's fact not fiction.

Rachel S.
Rachel S7 years ago

@Robert S. (at the top) there are a lot of kids that go hungry, but when they arent going hungry theyre eating mickey d's and chugging their calories. . . the effect is scarier than a teenage girl on binge diets. . . the problem is both of them--we need actual food in america, good, cheap, actual food. . .