IOM LAUNCHES NATIONAL SURVEY ON CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING IN MAYAN LANGUAGES


Date Publish: 
Friday, September 22, 2017

The National Survey on Children and Youth Well-Being (EBNAJ), which explores the link between migration issues and the root causes of violence affecting children and teenagers, will be developed in four Mayan languages. The survey's outcome will provide a solid basis of evidence to improve the response capacity of government authorities. 

The completed questionnaires will be translated into K'iche', Kaqchikel, Mam y Q'eqchi' by the Guatemalan Academy of Mayan Languages, as they are the most spoken languages among the 22 acknowledged linguistic groups in the country and as they cover the geographical area with the highest rates of human mobility. 

The survey is a coordinated effort from the UN Migration Agency – IOM – with the Vice-Ministry of Violence Prevention and Crime, and the Ministry of the Interior to ensure better protection for vulnerable people. 

“It is a paradigmatic initiative in the Latin American region which will help to make informed decisions regarding the prevention of violence against children and young people based on a multicultural and multilingual approach”, stressed IOM’s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy. 

“We did not hesitate to accept when IOM proposed to carry out a joint survey, because now, more than ever, we need more specific and disaggregated data to develop prevention activities that will have a positive impact on the lives and the development of younger populations”, added the Vice-Minister of Violence Prevention and Crime, Axel Romero. 

The National Survey on Children and Youth Well-Being is part of the Return and Reintegration Proyect in the Northern Triangle of Central America, developed by IOM with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and with the participation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

For further information please contact Melissa Vega (mevega@iom.int), at IOM Guatemala, or Alba Miriam Amaya (aamaya@iom.int), at IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.