Special edition: Solutions for children
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In today’s edition, we’re focusing solely on new ideas, innovations and solutions for children worldwide.
WHO gives the go-ahead for the first malaria vaccine in Africa
In a historic move, children across the African diaspora are set to be vaccinated against the deadly mosquito-borne disease, potentially saving tens of thousands of lives every year.
Congo’s free primary education results in falling numbers of child miners
Since introducing free early-years education in 2019, the number of children enrolled in some school districts has risen by 75% – with many of these former child miners.
Working fathers push for paid parental leave
From what was originally a non-starter, federal paid parental leave could soon become national policy, as more fathers are adopting it and advocating for it.
Pakistan passes historic bill banning corporal punishment of children
Ban on violence against children will only apply in Islamabad, but campaigners hope rest of the country will follow suit.
‘I Don’t Want to Hit My Children. I Don’t Want to Hit Anybody.’
In order to change the mindset of abusers, Respect Phoneline in the UK gives anonymous callers, usually men, a way to seek help for their violent behaviours, rather than measures taken only to support the victims of such behaviours.
New York Times
Schoolchildren in Illinois will be able to take 5 mental health days off school
Under a new bill, students who require a break from school for mental health reasons will not need to provide a doctor’s note, nor will they be asked to make up any work that was missed.
Dutch city of Utrecht announces plan for every home to have a playground nearby
The ambitious plan will ensure that play areas are no more than 650 feet (198 metres) apart, giving all children access to safe and fun spaces.
“Nature-friendly schools” are helping the UK’s wildlife-deprived children
The scheme runs as a partnership between several wildlife charities and inner city schools, aiming to make school grounds greener and more animal-friendly.
Computer games could improve mental health
Free computer game Apart of Me has been designed to help young people deal with grief, whilst Mind Light helps children cope with anxiety – and therapists have started recommending both.
Children’s internet code for a safe cyberspace
The introduction of a new internet code in the UK is supposed to provide secure internet access to children.
Doctors are using virtual reality worlds to make difficult procedures easier
Children undergoing unpleasant or uncomfortable procedures at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles can choose to be surrounded by animals and adventurous landscapes rather than medical personnel.
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Pianos for People provide instruments and music education to St. Louis children
The non-profit organisation aims to eliminate the financial barriers to music education by providing donated pianos and free lessons to children of low-income families.
The Christian Science Monitor
Law professor helps to change lives of slum children
Dr. Lalita Sharma from Indore, who runs ‘Abha Kunj’, educates around 500 children from the ghettos annually.
The Better India
Children bridge the Israeli-Palestinian divide at the border
A small museum is inviting ten-year-olds from both sides to meet and learn about each other’s lives.
The New York Times