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On Uganda’s Lake Bunyonyi, the Hardest Part of School Is Getting There

Region: Uganda

Topics: Child RightsDevelopmentEducation

The only public school that serves the students who live on Lake Bunyoni’s islands requires a perilous commute that makes it difficult to attract teachers – and threatens student success.

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In Nepal, Controversial New Law Offers Rights to Children Born out of Wedlock by Forcing Marriage on Parents

Region: Nepal

Topics: AutonomyChild RightsHuman RightsLegal RightsWomen's Rights

A new law in Nepal would recognize children born out of wedlock by considering their parents married – even if they’re not. Women’s rights activists have championed the change, but many questions remain about how the law would work.

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In Uganda’s Second-Largest Refugee Camp, Will New Education Initiatives Help End Child Marriage?

Region: Uganda

Topics: Child RightsEducationHealthHuman MigrationHuman Rights

The dire circumstances in local refugee camps – including lack of services, dependence on aid and general uncertainty for the largely South Sudanese population – make it more likely that girls will get married and have children before they turn 18. Authorities in Uganda’s Palorinya Refugee Settlement believe education could help, but reversing the trend is an uphill battle.

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In Argentina, an Offer of Help For Young Adults Leaving State Care

Region: Argentina

Topics: Child Rights

Lacking supportive families, thousands of children and teenagers live in institutions in Argentina. Their government support disappears at age 18, but a new law aims to help them move successfully into adulthood.

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To Mark International Day of the Girl, a Look at the Joys and Hardships of Girlhood

Region: World

Topics: Child Rights

Since 2012, the world has recognized October 11 as International Day of the Girl. This day of awareness, created by the U.N., seeks to highlight the needs and rights of the more than 1 billion girls in the world. We asked girls in 10 countries to reflect on the best and worst aspects of being a girl. Their answers might surprise you.

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Child Homelessness in Rwanda Continues, Despite Government Efforts to Provide Homes

Region: Rwanda

Topics: Child Rights

More Rwandan children are choosing to live on the streets, even though the government launched a major program in 2011 to give children their rights and find homes for children in institutions. A look at the issue reveals an absence of data, uncertain causes and children from ages 5 to 17 sleeping on sidewalks.

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Lack of Juvenile Courts and Facilities in DRC City Leaves Teenagers Lingering in Adult Jails

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Child RightsLegal Rights

In one of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest cities, there are no facilities for young people who are charged with crimes, and the existing juvenile court is barely functional. As a result, they end up in adult jails amid difficult conditions and no access to rehabilitation.

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Laws Prohibiting Child Marriage in Zambia Don’t Protect All Children, Advocates Say

Region: Zambia

Topics: Child Rights

In 2016, Zambia’s government implemented a national strategy to curb child marriage. But civil society organizations say the laws exclude children who aren’t in school, and that more needs to be done to end the practice entirely.

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In Mexico’s Poorest State, Training Program Helps Youth Make the Most of Few Options

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessChild RightsJobs

In Chiapas, the state with Mexico’s highest childhood poverty rate, many children quit school early to work instead. These youth have few options, but a training program strives to put opportunity within reach.

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In Zimbabwe, Children’s Charities Struggle to Fend Off Growing Food Insecurity

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Child RightsEconomy

In Zimbabwe’s capital, many children rely on daily meals offered by neighborhood drop-in centers. As center administrators struggle to provide consistency despite the crumbling economy, they wonder privately how much longer it will last.

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