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Putting Human Rights First

November 27, 2017Aryeh Neier

Open Society Voices

Education & Youth

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How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

December 8, 2017 | Allison Corkery

Winning a court ruling alone was not enough to ensure that schoolchildren in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa have decent desks and chairs.

Virtual, Inclusive, and Strong: How a Youth Group Brings Disability Rights Mainstream

December 1, 2017 | Kimberly O’Haver

An emerging youth group in Latin America is advocating for human rights with creative, innovative, and tech-savvy methods. What lessons can advocates elsewhere in the world draw from their example?

Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017 | Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil

A surge in the anti-establishment vote in October’s elections has left the long struggle to end segregation of Roma children in Czech schools on uncertain ground.

The Truth About Terror and Youth Radicalization

October 27, 2017 | Cristina Goni

As concerns grow about the influence of social media and the internet in radicalizing young people, it’s vital to separate the myths from the facts.

Keeping Youth Out of the Adult Criminal Justice System

October 24, 2017 | Marcy Mistrett

A new report documents major gains in the drive to reduce the number of youths in adult jails and prisons. How philanthropy can help with the challenges ahead.

Our Approach to Mental Health Isn’t Working

October 10, 2017 | Ailbhe Finn

Viewing mental illness as a biological disease of the brain—inevitable, incurable, genetic—is not only wrong on scientific grounds, but neglects the experiences of the best authorities on people’s mental health: themselves.

How Young Pakistanis Are Sharing Their World on Bolo Jawan

September 28, 2017 | Jonathan Birchall, Areebah Shahid

Weddings, politics, food, sport and more: a new website is giving young Pakistanis the opportunity to write about life from their point of view.

Q&A: The Promise of Resistance in Puerto Rico

August 31, 2017

Amid the island’s worst financial crisis ever, a fiscal control board has proposed deep cuts to Puerto Rico’s university system. Here’s how students on campus are battling back.

The Children of Northern Ireland Should Grow Up Together

July 14, 2017 | Anna Clarke

For too long, Northern Ireland’s education system has encouraged a divided society. But a new initiative from the Integrated Education Fund is helping parents work together to build a peaceful future for their children.

Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 | Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

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