New Delhi, Nov 21: According to a survey conducted by UNICEF where more than 1,000 children participated about 15% of the participants want to invite Amitabh Bachchan to their birthday party compared to 14% who want PM Modi in their celebrations.
"It is clear that children are acutely aware of the challenges their peers across the world face, and it is also apparent that they are afraid of being affected by these issues themselves," said Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, Unicef representative to India.
Another interesting fact also popped up. According to the survey findings, 96% of children believed that their opinion is appreciated by their families while 87% believed that their opinion is appreciated by their teachers. Outside India too UNICEF carried out a similar survey in 13 other countries. "Barack Obama, Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are the most popular names for children to invite to their birthday party, with the former President of the United States featuring in the top five in nine of the 14 countries," the UN agency said in a statement. Terrorism topped the list of problems that children wanted their world leaders to take action on, followed by poverty and poor education, said the UNICEF report released in New Delhi by Tendulkar.
“India has done fairly well and has reduced child mortality substantially, but there are still areas that need to be worked upon. Girls in India are being neglected and you need better quality of education,” said Justin Forsyth, deputy executive director, UNICEF.