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JK Rowling urges young people not to volunteer at orphanages overseas

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has spoken out at the One Young World conference, arguing that children living in orphanages in poor countries may be being treated with great cruelty and by volunteering in such orphanages, young people may be unintentionally supporting this practice. Rowling also expressed concern that many orphans in developing countries are separated from their parents because of extreme hardship rather than death. She encourages young people not to turn their backs completely on…
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Rise in number of state school pupils at Cambridge

The current proportion of state school pupils attending Cambridge University is nearly 68%, the highest number since the 1980s. Dr. Sam Lucy, Director of Admissions, says applicants have not been deterred by the perception that Cambridge is a socially exclusive institution. The University also states that a quarter of the current student body comes from ‘disadvantaged backgrounds.’ This year, the University reserved 100 places for students classified as ‘deprived’, with the aim of raising the…
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Department for Education to fund national mental health training scheme

The Department for Education has allocated £9.3 million towards helping students receive support for mental health issues. Directed by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and in partnership with the Link Programme, instruction courses are to take place throughout England with the goal of reaching all 22,000 schools across the country. Working to bridge the gap between NHS specialists and school staff, the scheme aims to erase stigma surrounding mental health concerns…
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Research shows participation in sport enhances children’s wellbeing

Children who take part in organised athletic activities between ages 6 and 10 are more likely to have enhanced emotional health by age 12. A study published by the Université de Montréal finds that children who play a sport at an early age are more equipped with the ability to be cooperative and collaborative, skills that are necessary in both school and adulthood. Linda Pagani, a researcher who worked on the study, says these attributes …
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Youth activism and the new protest movement

Teenagers across the globe are taking action into their own hands by organising large-scale protests in Europe and the States against two very important issues: climate change and gun violence. But protesting is not a new phenomenon, today’s young activists are vocal on matters in ways that do not require them to vote since many are, in fact, too young to vote. Thousands of teens marched through the streets of London, Brussels, and Berlin in…
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African and Albino: “Not ghosts, but humans” by Zahra Dry

Albinism is a genetic disease, inherited from both parents, that causes a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes. While praised in some countries, in parts of Africa Albinos are often highly discriminated against. Tanzania has the highest Albino birth rate, with one in every 1500 children born with the condition, but these children are at risk from birth as there is still a belief in witchcraft that can put these children in…
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Global UN Study finds that giving condoms to secondary school students reduces sexually transmitted diseases

A study from the United Nations Population Fund has reviewed the consequences of giving out condoms in secondary schools. The review concluded that providing condoms to young people does not increase the likelihood that they will engage in sexual activity or lead to them engaging in sexual activity at a younger age. The introduction of condoms was also found to reduce sexually transmitted infections. However, the research also stated that teenage pregnancy rates are unaffected….
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Rural and coastal UK schools struggle to engage with government interventions and can be left feeling educationally isolated

A report from academics at the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Marjan University has revealed that rural and coastal schools can feel isolated from government support. Specifically, these schools struggle to access externally-funded educational interventions. The researchers concluded that urban schools having higher levels of connection to national funding schools than rural and coastal schools, which increases disparities in school funding. These schools are more likely to express isolation from initiatives aiming to improve social…
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Children continuously put at risk by American farm work

While the United States has strict rules regarding the type of environments children can work in, agricultural jobs for young people are still common with an estimated 500,000 labourers under the age of 18. A mixture of state and federal guidelines allows children to be employed in this sector as long as their work hours do not interfere with school and they are kept out of harms way. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration agrees, saying children…
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UK teachers becoming overwhelmed by additional tasks and unnecessary stress

Educational Review has recently published findings that highlight problems facing many teachers within the UK today. The in-depth research with 39 teachers from England and Wales found widespread  mental health issues were being experienced amongst the cohort. Demanding workloads, considerable paperwork, reaching academic targets and rapid policy changes were discussed. Many felt that these issues were getting in the way of their primary focus – the children they teach – by making them devote more…
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