TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - Children around the world consider education a priority, despite less than ideal circumstances for learning. According to a survey by ChildFund Alliance of more than 6,200 children aged 10 to 12 from 41 countries, including Canada, 98 percent of respondents say education is important to them. However, the findings also show that learning isn't as accessible or safe as it should be. More than one-third of children polled, including 27 percent from Canada, say they feel unsafe at school either sometimes or all the time. They also say that more and better schools are needed. Grown-up Concerns; Childlike Optimism "The Small Voices, Big Dreams survey reveals that many of the children polled believe their education is in need of improvement," said Meg Gardinier, Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance. "They are worried about issues ranging from unsafe facilities, disaster protocols and lock-downs, to weapons, drugs and bullying in schools. These are not issues children should have to contemplate. School should be about learning, not about fears for their personal safety." Jim Carrie, Vice President, Global Operations for Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC), the Canadian member organization of ChildFund Alliance, said, "it's worrying that one in four Canadian children don't always feel safe at school. Now, it's up to all of us to listen to their voices and take action." Through an Omnibus survey conducted by CCFC, 80 percent of Canadian adults said every child experiences being bullied in their school career. Seventy-six percent said schools need to do more to ensure the safety of children, and 60 percent are concerned about children's safety while they are at school.