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Two decades after the genocide, empowering female entrepreneurs in Rwanda

<i>Photo Credit: Indego Africa</i><p><i>This blog comes to us from our partner Indego Africa.</i><p>April 7th, 2015 marks the 21st commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, …

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do

If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of reality, it is the source of many social pathologies and lost …

Education

The invisible downside of cheating in life

People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised …

Psychology

What it’s like to always be connected to social and never feel social

Comic Aziz Ansari, of <i>Parks and Recreation</i> fame, has a new standup special on Netflix. <i>Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden</i> covers a lot of ground: dating, male feminists, first-generation problems; the list goes on.<p>Ansari’s views on technology, however, and how we use it to organize our social …

Comedy

Why don't we feel guilty in video games?

Photograph: 11bit Studios<p>Developed by Polish team 11bit Studios, This War of Mine seeks to simulate the civilian experience of war, including moral …

Call of Duty

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore

Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram risk their lives to go to school

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a side room at the American University of Nigeria, four girls chat and giggle. One teenage girl in particular catches our attention. She looks familiar. Then we realize why.<p>We met her just a few weeks after Boko Haram had attacked her school and abducted almost 300 students. As the Boko …

The Incredible True Story of a 15-Year-Old American Escaping Forced Marriage

NEW YORK—Naila Amin was an American teenager who wore pink velour suits and smoked cigarettes. She had a contagious, loud laugh, and envisioned …

Christmas Eve

Girls can drive development

Adolescent girls can play an enormous role in bringing about sustainable development. But for too long their rights and potential have been …

Gender

Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All

The Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI), a partnership between UNICEF and UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, works in more than 30 countries to identify which children are out of school, why they are out of school and what strategies will help them access schooling. Fixing the Broken Promise …

Bridging the Gap: Setting an International Precedent for Universal Gender Equality

For years, the international community has attempted to establish universal gender equality through international laws passed through the United Nations and through the U.N. Millennium Development Goals . It is now 2015, the target year for the MDGs and a number of years since landmark legislation …

Sponsor a Child

Check out this week’s video about how ChildFund works!<p>By helping families improve their livlihoods and income, ChildFund makes it possible for …

South Asian leaders try new ways to reduce child marriage

<i>Do not push your children's lives into help by getting them married at their early age of schooling and fun. Are our daughters cheaper than the animals and cars that we give them as dowry? So let’s stop giving and asking for dowry. Otherwise, the fire called dowry will burn everyone from the Terai,</i> …

Mabel van Oranje of Girls Not Brides wants to end child marriage in one generation

A global issue like child marriage takes a global effort to change it, and that ‘s the idea behind Girls Not Brides, an organization founded in 2011 with this mission: end child marriage in one generation. Mabel van Oranje, the chairwoman and founder of the organization, has ambitious plans to meet …

SampleQ:Landing

Get to know what the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 will be like by practicing with these sample questions.<p>You can also practice at Khan Academy®, …

Preventing child brides in Kvemo Kartli

Samira Bayramova. (DF Watch.)<p><b>Marneuli, DFWatch–“The man thinks that she is still a child, she doesn’t know anything, and that is a good thing for</b> …

How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Work

The two of us met for the first time more than a decade ago, in 2003, in the small rural village of Momemo, an hour’s drive and a world away from the …

Sustainable Development Goals

Ukraine's children of war

Children of War<p>Kids in Ukraine are paying the price for a conflict they didn't create<p>Children of War<p>Kids in Ukraine are paying the price for a …

Russia

How can Brazil ensure everyone gets a quality education?

<i>Claudio Sassaki and Eduardo Bontempo are Schwab Foundation 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees.</i><p>Brazil, with its heavy taxation and …

12 Must-Read Books on Education for 2015

Few things are more satisfying than finally getting your hands on a book you’ve been meaning to read. In 2015, you’re going to want to make room in …

A father prioritises his daughter’s education amidst the destruction

Edward Bani understands sacrifice. He supports his family in Black Sand, one of Port Vila’s poorest communities, by working as a labourer building …

The Financial Express

Ebola one year later: Educator became a first responder

<b>(CNN) —</b> Today, Katie Meyler might be meeting with Google executives or maybe giving a talk at the United Nations about girls' education, poverty or Ebola. But just a few months ago, she was on the front lines fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.<p>"I think anybody that has any feelings for the …

Family Literacy in Timor-Leste

Rince and her 9-year-old son, Jimmy, participated in a family literacy program in Biqueli, Atauro Island. Now, they spend time each day together …

Teaching

Protect children from escalating violence in Yemen, UNICEF appeals

<b>NEW YORK/AMMAN, 31 March 2015</b> – At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured during fighting in Yemen over the past week, according to …

The Life Out Loud: Mama Hope Wants to Change How Aid Is Delivered

"We're trying to start a revolution. Our goal is to transform development," dynamic duo Nyla Rodgers and Amy Vaninetti, the founder and operations director of Africa-centric nonprofit Mama Hope, tell me as I settle into the one spare chair in their small, sparsely decorated office in downtown San …

Mama Hope eases, lifts lives in African villages

Stephanie Moore had one dying wish: to meet Benard Olando, the Kenyan orphan she sponsored and knew only through letters and photos. But the 54-year-old Bay Area single mother died of ovarian cancer before she could make the trip.<p>Two weeks later, her only child, Nyla Rodgers of San Francisco, was …

The Life Out Loud: 'America The Angry'

I came across an article in <i>The Daily Beast</i> the other morning entitled ""America the Angry"." In it, political consultant Douglas Schoen discusses the findings of a recent <i>Newsweek/Daily Beast</i> poll revealing that the vast majority of Americans are in a bad mood.<p>As unemployment, gas and grocery prices …