Nov 22, 2013:
Children of all ages love to being read to - and it's good for them, too. The tiniest newborn learns to recognize the depth and cadence of your voice. If you're looking for something small, simple, and very sweet, Gossie by Olivier Dunrea is a fantastic place to begin.
Nov 19, 2013:
Today, only 11% of engineers in the U.S. are women. Debra Sterling, an engineer, didn't like that - and she decided to do something about it. Now, GoldieBlox is taking back the "pink aisle." Could your vote put them over the top, and make GoldieBlox a household name?
Nov 13, 2013:
Year-round school is a tough nut to crack. The many implementations and varied reports of success (or failure) leave communities at a loss as the debate continues. Is the American school system crying out for change?
Nov 10, 2013:
How old were you when you discovered that the world is not the safe, predictable place you thought it was? That there are mysteries that cannot be explained? That those you know well great deal more complex than just the piece of themselves they share with you?
Nov 7, 2013:
Scientific literacy has been at the heart of a recent discussion about science standards in schools. Teachers and professors, business and industry leaders, and members of the public responded with a two-and-a-half year collaborative effort to create a stronger core science standard that could be adopted by states across the country.
Nov 5, 2013:
There's something about adding fresh perspective to life that really, only a giant panda can offer. You'll become friends with Stillwater as quickly as the children in Zen Shorts did, and be looking to author Jon J. Muth for more.
Nov 1, 2013:
Kenyan educator Kakenya Ntaiya grew up in a Maasai village in Kenya where she was engaged at five and underwent the ritual of female genital mutilation. But she only agreed to go through with it after her father let her pursue her education.
Oct 21, 2013:
Before any unimaginable idea can become real, there has to be someone who believes in it. UNICEF believes in zero: zero starving children, zero children denied an education, zero preventable child deaths.
Oct 11, 2013:
Recently, Malala Yousafzai, advocate for girls' access to education worldwide, appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In this amazing interview, Jon and Malala talk about her struggles as an international voice for girls, her nomination to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and her new book, I Am Malala.
Oct 7, 2013:
After decades of civil war, the new nation of South Sudan must grapple with the monumental task of educating its people. As one of the most poorly educated nations in the world, ensuring its citizens are properly educated is a huge undertaking.
Sep 16, 2013:
Mongolia is a vast nation, approximately the same size as the whole of western Europe. It is also the least densely populated nation in the world. As Mongolia's economy grows, the demand for quality education becomes more pressing.
Sep 13, 2013:
For 20 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has fought to ensure all nations on the globe work to make the ideals enshrined within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a reality.
Sep 6, 2013:
Do you know about all the ways the United Nations works to change and improve the world? Since its inception after World War II, the UN has worked in a multi-dimensional mission to bring peace and stability over the world.
Sep 4, 2013:
The continuing conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has forced a million children to flee their homeland. For eight-year-old Aya, her family's flight to Lebanon has caused a halt to her education.
Aug 16, 2013:
Less than 100 years ago, women in the United States were not permitted to vote. August 18 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which grants voting rights to women.
Aug 9, 2013:
After disastrous flooding devastated rural areas in Pakistan, the rebuilding effort has presented a unique opportunity for change in traditional attitudes towards girls' education. With the help of UNICEF, Pakistan is working to make universal education for all children within its borders a reality.
Jul 31, 2013:
Change takes time, and sustainable change takes investment in the future. To help lift the world’s poorest out of extreme poverty, the World Bank has set up the International Development Association (IDA). This fund to help finance jobs, clean water, and education for approximately 1 billion people around the world who live one less than $1.25 a day.
Jul 29, 2013:
Adopted by the United Nations in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represents the first global expression of rights to which all of humanity is entitled. Inspired by the horrors and atrocities of World War II, it is made up of 30 articles which outline basic freedoms granted to all people.
Jul 26, 2013:
Yesterday, we featured a video of 11 year-old Nada Al-Ahdal who ran away from home to avoid being forced into marriage. To continue on the theme of child brides, today's post features talks by National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney of their experience covering the weddings of girls as young as five.
Jul 25, 2013:
When 11 year-old Nada Al-Ahdal was informed that she was to be married, she took matters into her own hands. She fled to her uncle's home for protection and safety. She says she'd rather kill herself than return to her family and go through with the marriage her family had arranged against her will.
Jul 22, 2013:
As part of the United Nations' Third Millennium Development Goal to promote gender equality and empower women, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector program. This initiative makes an effort to shift the traditionally male-dominated industry to one where women have equal representation.
Jul 18, 2013:
In 1976, the United Nations adopted two covenants: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Culture Rights. These two documents, combined with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights make of a trifecta of international law that guarantees freedom for all people across the globe, known as the International Bill of Human Rights.
Jul 16, 2013:
Friday, July 12, was Malala Day, honoring the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban and left for dead for attending classes last year. After her remarkable recovery, she continued to attend classes and be a voice for change in international education.
Apr 3, 2013:
Sit Stay Read is a program that encourages children to read aloud by bringing the most non-judgemental audience possible to the class room: a cuddly dog. Check out this video of the program - and the dogs - in action!
Feb 21, 2012:
Can Jose Graziano da Silva, a Brazilian agronomist and writer who is the new head of the UN's food agency, secure greater commitment from governments to feed one billion hungry people around the world?
Nov 22, 2011:
Two cousins recall their fearsome Sunday school teacher, Miss Lizzie Devine, the only woman who had more power than their grandmother. Set in the small Florida town of the cousins' memories, this animation resounds with the joy of sharing stories with family.
Nov 13, 2011:
Did you know Bhutan is the only country on the planet to measure Gross National Happiness? Join Ben as he & a team of filmmakers undertake a 50-day journey documenting the story of four endurance athletes as they make an unprecedented border-to-border crossing of Bhutan by foot and by bike.
Oct 24, 2011:
If there's one thing we as a society can agree on it's that grammar in this country has gone down, down downhill. Between texting on phone and chatting on computers there's just no call for proper grammar anymore! Watch this hilarious video to get a rundown of what we're doing wrong!
Oct 21, 2011:
This month Sesame Street introduced their newest Muppet this month, 7 year-old Lily. Her Magenta skin and red dreadlocks are typical Muppet but she's a character struggling with food insecurity. In short, she and her family are hungry.
Oct 13, 2011:
Shorewood and Shorecrest High Schools are rivals in the same district so when Shorecrest challenged Shorewood to a Lip Dub competition they had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
Sep 14, 2011:
Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, gave the keynote address at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in March 2011. Little did he know that his speech would be turned into the incredible song and tribute we see here.
Sep 6, 2011:
Time travel is no longer the property of brilliant astrophysicists or sci-fi TV shows (hands up if you LOVED Quantum Leap!) but now KIDS are getting in on the act. Watch here as a group of middle-school tweens explains the ins and outs of Stephen Hawking's theory of time travel decoded for the rest of us!
Jul 6, 2011:
A pilot program in Queensland teaches schoolchildren how to cook healthy versions of their favorite foods. Designed to find new ways to reduce the risks childhood obesity and diabetes, the program's seen additional benefits -- like a 70% increase in kids eating their vegetables!
Jun 22, 2011:
For a true bibliophile there are few things better than beautifully designed bookshelves filled with books. Here, I've collected a few of my favorite images of gorgeous bookcases in stunning locations. Enjoy!
Jun 20, 2011:
An animated examination of the current education model and possible ways to fix it. Can changing the method of teaching from standardization to divergent thinking be the game changer that improves our schools, or does the solution lie elsewhere?