In April 2020, Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched the #CovidUnder19 initiative by mobilising a group of young people, child rights activists, civil society organisations and UN stakeholders. The initiative set out to understand children’s views and experiences about life under Coronavirus, and amplify their voices to inform policymakers, professionals working with children, and governments.

In the Spring of 2020, the initiative launched the “Life Under Coronavirus” global survey to understand children’s experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic and their views on how they wished to get involved. The Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University, Belfast, employing their unique children’s rights-based methodology, designed the survey and analysed and reported the results, working at every stage with children and young people and other partners to make sure that the survey and findings were produced with children for children.

The survey was available in 27 different languages alongside an easy to read version. Using UNICEF’s U-Report, Tdh disseminated a shorter poll focusing on issues of protection, safety and peer-to-peer support which lead to additional 5000 responses from children.