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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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Poland Is Pioneering the World’s First National Open Textbook Program

March 10, 2016 | Melissa Hagemann, Piroska Hugyecz

The country is revolutionizing its education system with free online textbooks that can be adapted, translated, and altered by teachers and students.

Between Two Countries Often at Odds, a Youth Alliance Forms

February 17, 2016 | Zubair Azam, Suleiman Amanzad

Young delegates from Afghanistan and Pakistan toured each other’s countries, finding common ground and learning that they’re not so different after all.

Keeping Memories of Bangladesh Alive—Even the Most Painful Ones

February 11, 2016 | Tracey Gurd

An historical memory project seeks to reconcile a past steeped in violence by inviting typically excluded people to recall it.

African Queer Women Find Their Voices Through a Storytelling Project

January 29, 2016 | Tracey Gurd

Open Society Youth Fellow Tiffany Mugo talks about the digital media toolkit she’s developing to help an underrepresented community share its stories.

A Week of Stunning Victories for Youth Justice

January 29, 2016 | Marsha Levick

With dizzying speed, the Supreme Court has created a better justice system for juveniles.

Two Milestones Put Romani Cultural Discourse in the Hands of Roma Themselves

January 15, 2016 | Cayetano Fernandez

For too long, Romani studies have been dictated by non-Roma “experts.” In 2015, a pair of breakthrough achievements shifted that paradigm dramatically.

Slowly but Surely, Armenia’s Schools Embrace Students of All Stripes

December 17, 2015 | Elaine Harty

In the year since the passage of a law that provides a basis for inclusive education, hundreds of schools in Armenia have become more welcoming to marginalized students.

New Law Will Help Prevent Law Enforcement Overreach in Schools

December 10, 2015 | Christopher Scott

The legislation, signed by President Obama, could reduce racial disparities in harsh school discipline practices.

In Bishkek, a Community Struggles to Restore Its Vanishing Public Parks

December 1, 2015 | Raushanna Sarkeyeva

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan’s capital has seen a steady decline in the number of neighborhood parks. A new initiative hopes to bring them back to the city.

“Scared Straight” Anti-Drug Programs Aren’t Scaring Kids at All

November 25, 2015 | Joanne Csete

A new report suggests that fear-based abstinence programs like D.A.R.E. might actually increase drug use among youth.

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