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The World Is More Dangerous Now for Young People Than Ever. But They Are Fighting Back.

Gordon Brown | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

Young people these days are fired up, with good reason. They are passionate, and they can and will bring change in a world that, we can only hope, they may understand even better than we do.

'The Year of the Child' Has Become 'the Year of Fear' for Children

Gordon Brown | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- The cries of a starving or distressed child are a harrowing enough sound. The screams of a child caught up in violent conflict are an altogether different matter.

How to Combat Child Poverty in the U.S.

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

It's not something that just afflicts people of one color or ethnicity. It's striking families who never imagined that they could find themselves telling their kids that they don't have any food or that the electricity has been shut off.

Britain's Shock Election: Labour's Big Defeat Seeded in the Sands of Iraq

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that, intriguing as Scotland always is, it was in Iraq -- and in the reaction to Iraq -- where Labour got off the winning course.

How Britain Is Becoming an Isolated Island

Gordon Brown | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- Europe is once again divided between East and West -- only this time the fault line runs through the European Union. The eastern members -- most notably Poland and the Baltic states -- are clinging fast to the EU in the face of Russian aggression. At the other geographic and political extreme, the United Kingdom is threatening to walk out on Europe for good. Decisions being taken today on Europe's eastern and western peripheries are likely to shape a new balance of power.

How to Make Schools Safe for Children -- Even Where Terrorist Groups Roam

Gordon Brown | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

ISLAMABAD -- Even in the world's most dangerous places we must now establish the right of all children to schooling and make a new idea of "education without borders" a reality.

Mourning Sir Martin

Barry Singer | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Barry Singer

Martin Gilbert died this past Tuesday evening, February 3, after a long and difficult illness. His accomplishments are too bountiful to be summarized.

2015 Can Be the Tipping Point for Safe Schools and Children's Education Globally

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

2014 was a bad year for children and education.

Schools Can Be Front Line of Fight Against Ebola

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

While in some extreme cases schools have to be closed when they are at the center of an outbreak, investing in safe schools -- and the return of pupils to receive regular temperature checks and health education -- may be the best way to combat Ebola's further spread.

A New Party for the Global Era

Indra Adnan | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Indra Adnan

How can those of us who feel like global citizens already -- which is not everyone, granted -- begin to act like global citizens?

It Is Time for an International Children's Court

Gordon Brown | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

While no human rights treaty is more widely ratified than the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and while governments are required to report on their compliance on children's rights once every five years, little is done in practice to end the violation of children's rights. It is time for an International Children's Court.

The Ray of Hope from Nigeria Should Inspire Us to Provide Safe Schools for Every Girl

Gordon Brown | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

With the possibility that the Chibok girls will go free soon, we must intensify our efforts for the wider global goal that every girl has the chance to be at school, safe and free from violence.

ISIS-ISIL-IS: Thy Name Is Rape and Murder

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

As columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote: "They know that illiteracy, ignorance and oppression of women create the petri dish in which extremism can flourish." Not always. The young men are not just graduates of the infamous madrassas, some of which are in Syria, Pakistan, and Nigeria and teach a narrow version of the Koran and not much else. Still, the lack of educational opportunities around the world, where 58 million children are not in school and 10 million child brides are married off each year, contribute to the appeal of radicals. It is hard to oppose judicious airstrikes in the short-term. But helping refugees, particularly the three million Syrians in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, get proper schooling is vital. Otherwise the bombs will reign for decades.

The International Criminal Court Must Take on ISIS Crimes Against Children

Gordon Brown | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

Now it is for all concerned with children's rights to rise up and insist that the torture, rape and militarization of children be placed at the center of our demands for an International Criminal Court investigation that will aim for the prosecution of the guilty.

UN Safe Schools Initiative: With $23 Million, Can Gordon Brown Keep Boko Haram at Bay?

Kabiru R. Anwar | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Kabiru R. Anwar

It is sad news for the world that Nigeria, the most populous black nation on earth and the biggest economy in Africa is gradually being taken over by Boko Haram, a terror group whose brutality shocked the entire world.

Scotland Decides

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the...

Scotland's Quarrel Is With Globalization, Not the U.K.

Gordon Brown | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

The 20th century challenge was for Scotland to maintain its cultural identity while at the same time cooperating with the four nations of the U.K.. Now the challenge is even greater: to uphold cultural traditions and national identities in a world where there are no such things as nation-only solutions. By answering those who claim that independence can make a difference with policies that show interdependence can make the difference, Scotland can show the way forward by thinking big and not small.

The World Will Not Forget These Girls. Not for One Day. Not for 100 Days.

Gordon Brown | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

The Safe Schools Initiative, a fund set up to pilot 500 safe schools in northern Nigeria and led by Nduka Obaigbena, brings the Nigerian government and Nigerian business leaders together with the international community to ensure that all children are secure when learning. The fund total currently stands at $23 million. Ultimately, young people will demonstrate because they see the connection between abductions in Nigeria, the rapes and murders of young girls in India, the so-called "honor killings" of Pakistani girls who marry against family wishes, the genital mutilation of girls in preparation for child marriages across Africa and the ever-present reality that 7 million school-aged girls are working full time, often in slave labour conditions, many of them trafficked out of their home country when they should be at school.

Schools Should Be Safe Havens and Places of Learning Not Theaters of War

Gordon Brown | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

Schools should be safe havens for children and places for learning and should never become theaters of war. At the UN in September, there will be pressure on every country to adopt military guidelines that include rules of engagement preventing schools -- like hospitals -- from being militarized or used as instruments for waging war in conflicts or civil wars. But the need is now urgent and immediate.

How Boko Haram Loses

Chernor Bah | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Chernor Bah

Young people around the world are responding in a defiant manner: mobilizing for education in a way that has never before been seen and calling for world leaders to respond urgently to the global education crisis.

Update from Nigeria: Launching the Safe Schools Initiative

Gordon Brown | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

Ten days ago, I met with President Goodluck Jonathan in Paris and we agreed that the families of the kidnapped girls had a right to know now that, if and when the girls are released, they will be able to have a safe school where they can study. And millions of Nigerian boys and girls who go to school in fear of another Boko Haram attack now also desperately need the reassurance that everything is being done to make their schools safe. So this week, a Safe Schools Initiative has been launched by the Nigerian Government and international aid agencies with the aim of making schools more secure for Nigerian children and to help end a situation where 10.5 million Nigerian girls and boys do not go to school.

Schools Are Not Weapons of War -- in Nigeria or Elsewhere

Gordon Brown | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

The Boko Haram pattern of behavior makes it all the more important that the safe schools initiative launched by Nigerian business leaders last week gets off the ground quickly. While Boko Haram are a small extremist faction with limited demographic reach, it will take a tougher approach to school security and safety to reassure girls' parents and teachers that their school in the northern states is safe enough to attend. That is why foreign governments are now offering financial support for security guards and for proper fortifications and security equipment to give any school threatened by a terrorist attack the best possible chance of surviving it intact.

Nigeria's Boko Haram Targets Children Just Because They Go to School

Gordon Brown | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

The world must wake up to an escalating tragedy now engulfing Nigeria. Today the lives of 230 teenage schoolgirls hang in the balance. We cannot stop terrorism overnight, but we can make sure that its perpetrators are aware that murdering and abducting schoolchildren is a heinous crime that the international authorities are determined to punish.

Syria's Children Are Our Children

Gordon Brown | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

A year ago when the planned military intervention was called off, both opponents and proponents of military action dutifully pledged that they would show greater urgency in providing for the victims. But the minute military action was off the agenda, the pressures to provide aid diminished and the public interest in delivering emergency humanitarian action dimmed.

A Senseless Massacre of Innocents in Nigeria

Gordon Brown | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Gordon Brown

The education challenges in Nigeria are real and many. There is a teacher shortage of nearly 1.3 million, basic infrastructure is lacking and there is a shortfall of up to 1.2 million classrooms. There are fewer children in school each year due to child marriages and gender and religious biases and education is simply too costly for the poor.