Children & Technology: Playing with Fire? #childrentechnology #childrenplay #childrennature

A 2010 Kaiser Foundation study showed that elementary aged children use on average 7.5 hours per day of entertainment technology, 75 percent of these children have TV’s in their bedrooms, and 50 percent of North American homes have the TV on all day. The following charts illustrate how continuing emphasis on technology affects childhood development: […]

Does pregnancy really cause girls to drop out of school? How do we intervene? #schoolgirlpregnancy #choice #girlseducation

Globally, “schoolgirl pregnancy” is cited as one of the primary barriers to girls’ education. But the story may not be as simple as it seems. Yes, an adolescent girl’s formal education is usually over the moment she becomes a mother. Laws and culture often discourage girls from returning to school after giving birth. Unmarried girls […]

Earth Day is 45, Green Schools are Newborns: Money Saved on Energy Goes into Learning #Earthday #greenschools

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”  — Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist   Why is the green schools campaign so important? Kathleen Rogers, the former environmental attorney who has led Earth Day Network since 2001: We […]

Live in a Free Country? It’s Getting Harder & 26% of people not free; electoral democracies grew

Individual lives are shaped by a country’s policies. Being free is not a given, and in recent years, the number of Not Free countries has increased, largely because of terrorism. Global findings The number of countries designated by Freedom in the World as Free in 2014 stood at 89, representing 46 percent of the world’s […]

Have a birth certificate? 230 million children worldwide not registered & have no rights #humanrights #birthrights

    Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law determines how a life is lived The Human Rights Council, Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, Reaffirming the human right of everyone to be recognized everywhere as a person before […]