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We Cannot Let Humanitarian Crises Deny the World's Children an Education

Gordon Brown | Posted 05.24.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

ISTANBUL -- The Syrian refugee crisis has exposed the hypocrisy of a world that promises universal rights and then does little to guarantee them. Today, despite headline-grabbing pledging conferences, the majority of Syria's 6 million impacted and displaced children still go without a basic education.

"We" Aren't Responsible for World's Problems: Time to Recognize Limits of West's Influence

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.07.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

What do you do after you brought your party's control of government to a dramatic end? You become an international scold and blowhard, blaming the world's problems on everyone else--who have no ability to solve any of them.

A Year After the Earthquake, Nepal Is a Man-Made Disaster

Gordon Brown | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- Humanitarian aid rests on the belief that a crisis is a short-term event lasting days, weeks or months, not years. From Syria to Sudan, history says otherwise. Faced with life on the streets, children impacted by a crisis need more than the basics for survival. They need to be able to secure skills for the times ahead. And they need hope. An education -- the prospect of being able to plan and prepare for the future -- is most likely to secure this hope.

Children's Court Could Help Combat Abuses Against Young Refugees

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact

NEW YORK, April 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An international court should be set up to punish those responsible for child labor and other forms ...

The World Should Be Ashamed of the Failure to #BringBackOurGirls

Gordon Brown | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

Two years on, and their parents still wake up each morning not knowing whether their daughters are alive or dead, married or single or violated as slaves. They surely deserve more than a forlorn hope. The girls are now a symbol of our apparent weakness to protect young lives.

Double-Shift Schools for Syrian Refugee Children -- Time to Deliver the Next Phase

Sarah Brown | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Sarah Brown

To address the Syrian refugee crisis, the roll out of double-shift schools has rapidly become part of the education landscape. The target is now set for 1 million children to go back in the next school year, and there is no reason why this should not happen.

To Really Help Syria, We Should Start With a Bold New Humanitarian Vision Like This

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- Humanity is everybody's business, and an education is everybody's right. So it shouldn't fall only to governments and international agencies to provide aid during a crisis. Inside the humanitarian tent we need charities, philanthropists, businesses and social enterprises all working together.

To Fight the Inhumanity of Syria's Bitter Conflict, Let's Get Refugee Children in School

Gordon Brown | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- We can only ever achieve universal education for girls and boys at primary and secondary levels if we first bridge the gap in humanitarian aid for education in emergencies. Out of tragedy and chaos some good may come.

UN Calls For Schools To Be 'Out Of Bounds' In War Zones Amid Rising Attacks

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact

COVENTRY, England, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children and schools are increasingly being used as weapons of war in many countries, and mor...

Julia Gillard: 'Speak out for education.'

Laura Dunn | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Laura Dunn

Global Partnership for Education As the UN prepares to host the General Assembly and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development Summit, I talk to J...

Why We Desperately Need to Help Syrian Refugee Children Get to School

Gordon Brown | Posted 09.10.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

Europe will need to do far more to provide for asylum seekers within our borders. But while Europe copes with tens of thousands, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey urgently need more aid to cope with millions.

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

Gordon Brown | Posted 08.12.2016 | 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 06.12.2016 | 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 05.28.2016 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

2014 was a bad year for children and education.

Schools Can Be Front Line of Fight Against Ebola

Gordon Brown | Posted 12.03.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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.