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Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

ADVOCACY, CHILDREN, DIPLOMACY, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UK, USA, WORLD
The Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden have said better care and education for young children is key to rebuilding the UK after lockdown. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception class at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne followed by a round table discussion with UK education experts. In a joint opinion piece written for CNN the women said a 'fundamental shift' was needed in the UK and US' approach to educating children.While Mrs Biden has been a teacher for more than 30 years, Kate has shown a passion for early years since becoming a mother to her children George, 7, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady (pictured together) yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception clas...
Best brain-boosting food for kids

Best brain-boosting food for kids

CHILDREN, FAMILY, FOOD, HEALTH
01/6 - Essential brain foods for kids Right food can help you improve your memory, concentration, and brain function. The brain, like the rest of the body, absorbs nutrients from the food we eat. Therefore, it is very important for kids to consume highly-nutritious food which are brain-boosters. Dietician Vidhi Chawla suggests some: 02/6​ - Oats/oatmeal Oatmeal and oats are excellent sources of energy and "fuel" for the brain. They are high in fibre, which keeps kids satisfied and prevents them from snacking on junk food. They're also high in vitamins E, B complex, and zinc, which help kids' brains function at their best. Use any topping, such as apples, bananas, blueberries, or even almonds over it. 03/6 - FotoJet 04/6 - ​Oily Fish Oily fish is high in o...
5 Ways Employers Can Support Women’s Mental Health

5 Ways Employers Can Support Women’s Mental Health

CHILDREN, FAMILY, HEALTH, WOMEN, WORK
Covid-19 has profoundly impacted employees’ well-being. Recent employer surveys conducted by McKinsey’s Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare show almost a third of employee respondents have reported anxiety over layoffs or furloughs since the start of the pandemic, 28% have reported burnout, and 21% and 20% have reported stress over childcare and the health of loved ones, respectively. Though employed female respondents have been similarly likely to indicate that returning to work will have a negative impact on their mental health as their male counterparts, they are 12 percentage points more likely to report worry that they’ll have less flexibility to take breaks and set their own schedule upon return. And while most employers are aware that Covid-19 has strained the men...

Marginalised girls in India fighting child marriage

Asia, CHILDREN, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INDIA, INTERNATIONAL, UN Human RiGHTS, UNICEF, WORLD
More than 1,000 girls in Rajasthan start a movement against child marriages, which saw a spike during the COVID pandemic. Rajasthan, India – “I want to study at least up to 12th standard (grade)” was Saira Bano’s heartfelt cry when her parents started looking for a groom for her in October 2020. It had been a tough year for her parents in their remote northwestern Indian village. Since a nationwide lockdown to check coronavirus was imposed in March 2020, Saira’s father has not been able to find much work. He earned about 1,200 rupees ($17) a week as a labourer in pre-COVID times, which barely kept the family afloat. And when that stopped too, he thought it was better to marry Saira off instead of spending the family’s limited resources on her education. Saira is 17. “We are...
Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram leader is dead, says rival militant group

Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram leader is dead, says rival militant group

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, CHILDREN, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nigeria, WORLD
The leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has killed himself, rival Islamist militants said in an audio recording. In audio obtained by news agencies, the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said Shekau died detonating explosives on himself after a battle between the two groups. Shekau was reported dead last month and has been reported killed before. Neither Boko Haram nor the Nigerian government have confirmed his death. What did the recording say? In the undated audio recording, a voice thought to be that of Iswap leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi said Shekau "killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive". Iswap fighters hunted down the warlord and offered him the chance to repent and join them, al-Barnawi said. "Shekau prefe...
Mankind owes children the very best

Mankind owes children the very best

AFRICA, African Union, Central African Republic, CHILDREN, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nigeria, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, UN, UN Women, UNICEF, West Africa
LAGOS, Nigeria This year’s Children’s Day has been formally observed, but critical issues affecting the welfare of children in Nigeria linger, begging for urgent attention. Children are the future of nations. Sadly in Nigeria, that future is being steadily dealt with deadly blows: Schools are being shut for insecurity, schooling is expensive where available, parents are incapacitated by economic depression aided by COVID-19, school curriculum is aghast with policy somersault and lack of alignment with employment realities, and there are no jobs after hard schooling. Indeed, millions of Nigerian children continue to be left behind and their rights denied, because they still lack access to good education, adequate nutrition and quality healthcare, not discounting those caug...