World Vision International

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 03:00 by Lisa Easterbooks

I stood at the front of a training room in West Africa, trying to moderate a heated discussion between some veteran teachers on how best to manage children in a classroom. In a workshop on reading skills, teachers began to express their frustration in trying to maintain class control for long enough to get kids to focus on their reading activities. According to them, behaviour management was an issue. Large class size was an issue. Getting kids to pay...

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Monday, November 21, 2016 - 14:00 by Sophia Papastavrou

World Vision’s work in peacebuilding has shown that peace processes that meaningfully engage women and girls create the foundation for sustainable peace and development. The importance of including women and specifically engaging women in peace negotiations is integral due to the multiple perspectives: women and girls carry deeper insights into security issues and experiences in conflict and post conflict conditions. Young women’s participation is important in identifying...

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 04:10 by Andrew Hassett

I have spent the last week in Bogota with 10 children and young people from across Latin America discussing the significance of children’s participation and the impact of violence against children, on their lives and those of their community and their societies more broadly. I am inspired by the way these children represented the views of over 2,000 children from 28 countries, making a series of clear recommendations to policy makers and international...

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 04:03 by Abid Gulzar

Worldwide, an estimated 230 million children lack birth registration, 135 million of whom are living in the Asia Pacific region. If these unidentified, unregistered children, all under age five, formed their own country, their population would fall between that of the size of Japan and Russia.  The country might even have a flag, or symbols of statehood, but there would be no legal rights, few basic services and little security.

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 03:51 by Carmel Irandoust

Today, 65.3 million people are on the run in the world.  It’s 65.3 million people labelled as “refugees” “migrants”, “internally displaced”, “stateless”, or “asylum seekers” on the run. Ultimately, it’s 65.3 million HUMANS that are running today. All are trying to save their lives and the lives of their loved ones with the hope that they might have a better, hopeful, dignifying and peaceful future. Nearly half of these 65.3 million humans are...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 05:04 by Joyati Das

“We want to tell the distinguished authorities to pay close attention to everything children say,” said Emily Daniela, boldly in a powerful speech delivered before delegates from around the world at the third UN Conference for Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (...

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 07:17 by Herning Tyas Ekaristi

"Joining the children’s village forum has helped me become a responsible leader" said Maria Elfika, a member of children’s forum in Du village, which is part of the Sikka Area Development Programme in Indonesia. She was talking about her experience at the Children’s Gathering 2016, which was the culmination of a series of village and district children’s forums, attended by 385 children from 21 villages.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 00:00 by Esti Renatalia Tanaem

How can I know if transformation is happening? What signs should I look for?

I work long days in the villages and communities, and what motivates me is the hope that my work can bring about change in the lives of the children, families and communities that I have grown to love in the villages of Sikka, in Indonesia.

This year we tried something different in our Area Development Programme (ADP). We wanted to find ways of getting the community more involved in the...

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Friday, October 14, 2016 - 10:08 by Rachel Criswell

Google the recent meetings on forced migration and you will find highly mixed opinions on the outcomes. They were significant by virtue of the meetings taking place and language supporting the overall rights and protection of children on the move was welcomed. On the other hand, there was disappointment at the lack of commitment to concrete targets, timelines and insufficient provision for certain populations (eg. detention of children).  Ultimately, the value of these...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 09:25 by Lisa Easterbooks

On 19 December, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Since the introduction of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, much has been accomplished to improve the status of girls and women. However, many challenges still remain.

UNESCO reported in June 2016 that there are...

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