Craig Kielburger
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Craig Kielburger
, is an accomplished child rights activist, an award-winning author and a popular speaker. He is the founder of Free The Children, the world's largest network of children helping children through education, which has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize and has established partnerships with the United Nations and Oprah's Angel Network. A sought-after speaker, he has shared the podium a number of times with former U.S. president Bill Clinton, as well as with such world renowned leaders as Nelson Mandela, Queen Noor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

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We Day: Young People Leading the Social Action Movement of Our Time

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 6:00 PM

It's been a big year for young people in the UK.

Last March, 12,000 students packed the SSE Arena in Wembley and committed to being change makers in their communities and the world. At the inaugural We Day UK, globally renowned speakers and performers - including Sir Richard Branson, Pakistani...

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With or Without a Vote, Today's Young People Are Making Change

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 6:00 PM

While politicians debate whether to lower the voting age to 16, young people across the UK are not waiting to influence change in their communities.

In Bognor Regis they shattered a UK record last year - not for the deepest suntans or farthest birdman leap off the pier, but for...

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Long-Overdue Nobel Recognition for Children's Rights and the Power of Youth

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Almost two decades ago, long before the ubiquity of the search engine, the only article about child labour at my tiny local library was a piece about Kailash Satyarthi. The activist had been unjustly arrested, accused of "kidnapping" the very child slaves he had been freeing in India.


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Smart Philanthropy: Big Hearts Should Have Big Impact

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:25 PM

The personal life of Judith Jardine is a closed book. Heiress to her railway baron grandfather's fortune, for 20 years she was rarely seen outside her Tudor mansion in Vancouver. Few photos even exist to document her life. So when she passed away last year, the Vancouver Foundation was stunned...

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Qunu Mourns Mandela and the Barriers to Education

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 10:58 PM

The children of Qunu stood for hours on the side of a brand new stretch of highway as they waited for the hearse carrying Nelson Mandela to come into view. Dozens of armed tanks passed by first, some mounted with anti-aircraft missiles. Hundreds of military police and soldiers lined the...

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Mourning Mandela: A Nation Says Goodbye to Its Son

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 11:34 AM

Joining thousands of others before me, this morning I lined up in Johannesburg to sign the condolence book for Nelson Mandela.

It's difficult to find words to adequately honour a man who brought such significant societal transformation to a country, and the world. So I settled on the most simple...

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"Wheelchair? Whatever": Thriving as a Paraplegic Teenager

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Day one of Gr. 9 gym class can be nerve-wracking. The basic fitness evaluation -- running laps for six minutes around the gymnasium -- holds potential for "epic fail" in front of friends, peers and teachers. Fear of embarrassment generates as much sweat as the test itself.

This year on...

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Children Helping Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 10:44 AM

I've never felt so fortunate to say, "Here we go again."

I awoke Monday to find my colleagues digging out from under an avalanche of emails that pushed our wobbly web server to its peak capacity -- the overwhelming response to a generous 12-minute feature about our organization, Free The...

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Why a Joke is Better Than a Brick

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 3:00 PM

At first glance, the three high school students looked like they were up the street without a paddle.

Here in the middle of a concrete jungle we call Toronto, the Peterborough teenagers and their mentor portaged a canoe through the streets. It wasn't just for fun. The group had...

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An Evening with Desmond Tutu

(3) Comments | Posted December 4, 2007 | 6:11 PM

The guest of honour warmly smiled as he began to tell us a joke.

"A man's car rolls off a cliff, but manages to grab onto a branch and avoids falling to his death. Desperate, he calls out, 'Is anyone there?' At that moment, the clouds part and a booming...

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