Are British Children Unhappier Than Youngsters in Ethiopia?
Posted by addisethiopia on August 20, 2015
Children in England are unhappier in their school life than in almost every other country in the world, says a new report
An international report ranked English childrens’ happiness behind that of kids in Ethiopia, Algeria and Romania, and found a third claimed they had been bullied in school.
English children ranked 14th out of 15 countries for overall life satisfaction, just ahead of South Korea, and scored low in matters related to their “self” and school, according to research by the University of York in partnership with The Children’s Society.
The Good Childhood Report 2015, which examined 53,000 children’s “subjective well-being” across 15 diverse countries, found levels of unhappiness at school increased with age, with less than half (43 per cent) of year eights in England saying they enjoyed school compared to six out of 10 (61 per cent) year six students.
The report also found worrying levels of bullying in English schools, with more than a third of students (38 per cent) aged 10 and 12 reporting that they had been physically bullied in the past month. Half (50 per cent) said they had felt excluded at school.
English girls ranked second lowest for happiness with their body confidence, self-confidence and appearance, rating their satisfaction as 7.3 out of 10 on average. This places them just above South Korea, with a mean score of 7.1. Colombian girls topped the table for body confidence, with an average rating of 9.6, followed by Romania with 9.4.
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