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

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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

Ecuador Has Lifted 1.5 Million Out of Poverty In 8 Years Under President Rafael Correa

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This past Friday (1/22), the Ecuadorean National Secretariat for Planning and Development announced that approximately 1.5 million Ecuadoreans have been lifted out of poverty since 2007. The accomplishment is a testament to the impressive job President Rafael Correa has done since taking office in January of 2007. Correa, who was born into a working class family in Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city), campaigned on a platform of drastic social reforms. But unlike many politicians these days, Correa has actually followed through on the

President Obama Is Proposing A Plan to Make Community College Free for All Americans

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In a video uploaded to the White House’s official Facebook page on Thursday (January 8), President Obama gave a sneak peak into his upcoming State of the Union speech from aboard Air Force One. The video focused on a bold new plan by the President to make two years of community college free to any American who is interested. “Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for anybody who’s willing

US Funded/Published Textbooks Promoting Jihad Are Still Being Used by Taliban Today

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In the late 1970s, Afghanistan went through a period of political upheaval – exacerbated by the global chess game being played between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. In 1975, a group of militants from the Jamiat Islami party attempted to overthrow the government. Though the attempt was unsuccessful, support for the Islamist party continued to grow. In April of 1978, Mir Akbar Khyber – a well-known Afghan intellectual and leader of a major faction of the People’s Democratic Party

Malala Yousafzai Donates World Children’s Prize Money to Rebuild Gaza Schools

Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year old education activist from Pakistan who gained worldwide fame after surviving multiple gunshot wounds in an attack by the Taliban. On October 10th, she became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in championing the right to equal education for all children. This past Wednesday (Oct. 29), Malala received another award for her work: the World Children’s Prize, which came with a $50,000 cash prize. In her acceptance speech, Malala announced that she

This Guy Passed Out 520,000 Sandwiches to the Hungry Last Year (Video)

They call him “The Sandwich Man” – and for good reason. Every night for almost 13 years now, Allan Law loads up his mini-van with sandwiches and other basic necessities and drives around the streets of Minneapolis, giving them away to those in need. Law witnessed the effects of poverty firsthand when working as a 5th grade and 6th grade teacher in the inner-city of Minneapolis from the late 60s all the way up until his retirement in 1999. But

Democratic Education: A New Way to Look at Teaching and Learning (Opinion Piece)

Seven-year-old Penelope Day needs both hands to pick up the power drill. Penelope is spending the week at a day camp run by Construction Kids, a Brooklyn-based program that offers building classes throughout the year for kids as young as 2 years old. It’s one of a new and immensely popular wave of programs trying to shift kids away from computer screens toward actual, hands-on activities. Like building things from scratch. Using, yes, real, working power tools. With help from a team of

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi: Nobel-Winning Children’s Rights Activists

Regarded as an emblem of prestige and honor across the globe, The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually to people making outstanding contributions to the overall betterment of the world. The recipients of this award have included political leaders, social activists, and organizations that have acted as catalysts for change. On Friday, October 10, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were announced as the most recent laureates of the Prize. Despite significant obstacles, unceasing dedication to improvement encouraged both Yousafzai and Satyarthi to make

The Re-Segregation of American Public Schools (Infographic)

In the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that separate schools for different races were inherently unequal, legally ending the practice of public school segregation. It was a major step. Schools slowly began to integrate, leading to better academic achievement amongst minorities. Unfortunately, this integration peaked in 1988, and since the government released all schools from federal oversight in 1992, America’s public schools are looking more and more like they did before desegregation. One striking

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