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Lost Generation: 13 Million Children Driven Out of School By War In Middle East and Africa

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” With violent conflicts embroiling much of the Middle East and Africa, the powerful words of Nelson Mandela ring especially true today. Over the past few years, war has engulfed portions of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and the Palestinian territory, primarily Gaza. According to a new report published by UNICEF on Thursday (Sept. 3), approximately 13 million children in the Middle East and Africa are unable to attend school this

Study: Kids from Poor Families Have Smaller Brains Than Kids from Rich Families

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It’s no secret that there is often a connection between wealth and intellectual ability. There are many reasons for this: poorer families have less money to invest in their children’s education, poor parents are often less educated than their wealthy counterparts, children living in poor households often have to deal with much more stress and trauma than well-off children…the list could go on. But while we’ve been aware of this connection for generations, we never knew exactly how these differences in wealth

This Turkish Couple Spent Their Wedding Day Feeding 4,000 Syrian Refugees

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Most couples treat their wedding day as an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice with family and friends while indulging in some of the finer things in life. Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, a young couple from the city of Kilis in southern Turkey, had something else in mind. Instead of just inviting family and friends, they invited 4,000 Syrian refugees to feast and celebrate with them as they tied the knot last week. The couple was assisted by a Turkish charity called

Hedge Funds to Puerto Rico: Fire Teachers and Close Schools to Pay Off Your Debt

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Late last month, the governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, announced that there was simply no realistic way for his country to pay off all of its $72 billion debt. “There is no other option… This is not politics, this is math,” Padilla told The New York Times. After Padilla’s announcement, Puerto Rico’s creditors immediately began looking for ways to recoup as much of the debt as possible. One of their solutions: having the country close schools and lay off teachers to save

Good News: 200 Million Less People Are Living With Hunger Today Than in 1990

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Amidst the gloom and doom of the daily news cycle comes a decisively positive headline: the number of hungry people worldwide has declined from roughly one billion in 1990 to around 795 million today, according to a U.N. report released on Wednesday. This achievement is even more impressive when you consider the fact that Earth’s population has increased by roughly two billion people in the past 25 years, from 5.3 billion in 1990 to 7.3 billion in 2015. According to the United

Russia Just Announced Plans to Close 40% of Its Universities. Here’s Why

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On Friday (4/17), Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov caused quite a stir when he announced that Russia would be closing 40% of its universities by 2016. The government also plans to cut the number of university branches by 80%, Livanov said. According to data from the Ministry of Education and Science, Russia has 593 state universities (with 1,376 branches) and 486 private universities (with 682 branches). According to Livanov, there are five times as many universities in Russia today than there were during the time of

103-Year-Old Marie Hunt Finally Got Her High School Diploma (Video)

At 103-years-old, Marie Hunt of Wisconsin may be the oldest person to ever receive her high school diploma. According to UK’s Daily Mail… “Now a resident at Meadows Assisted Living and Memory Care in Spring Green, the centenarian was presented with an honorary degree by River Valley High School, 87 years after her fellow classmates graduated.”   Miss Hunt expressed how grateful she was to receive the degree because it was something she always wanted but didn’t have the opportunity to get in earlier

Google Maps Is Now Giving You Access To Some Of Mount Everest (Video)

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On Thursday (3/12), Google Maps announced that users will now be able to take self-guided tours through the Everest region. Although the Khumbu region in Nepal is mainly famous for Mt. Everest, the community that surrounds the mountain is rich in culture. According to Business Insider… “Google has teamed up with Ava Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of the world’s most famous mountain a record 21 times as well as nonprofit Story Cycle to bring the rest of the world

X-Prize: From Private Space Race to Tackling Some of the World’s Biggest Problems


What started as an ambitious plan to spur the private space industry has blossomed into a powerful tool for sparking innovation and affecting large-scale change around the world. Launched in 1996, the X-Prize Foundation uses a contest model to incentivize major technological advancements. The Foundation’s initial contest, the Ansari X-Prize, led to the development of SpaceShipOne, which completed the first privately funded spaceflight in 2004. Since then, the Foundation has expanded, applying their innovative model to all sorts of issues,

Malawi, A Country Where Half of All Girls End Up As Child Brides, Bans Child Marriage

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Every day, in countries around the world, roughly 39,000 girls under the age of 18 are forced into child marriages. The problem is especially pronounced in the African nation of Malawi, where 50% of girls are forced to marry before their 18th birthday and 1 in 8 are forced to marry before age 15. But all that may be starting to change. Earlier this week, the government of Malawi announced a ban on child marriage, raising the minimum age for marriage to 18 years. “This

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