A pupil reads the Quran during lessons at a religious school in Dakar.
The assumption that children’s schooling decisions are mainly decided by their parents, and their fathers in particular, is not entirely accurate.
Madonna with her adopted son, David Banda, at an orphanage, 40 km from the capital Lilongwe April 19, 2007.
Voluntourists' ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They don't have the skills and can perpetuate patronising and unhelpful ideas.
A Unicef team creating a collaborative paper plane.
How do you teach empathy? Can it be in a way that foregrounds ancient, indigenous knowledge and practices? Design thinking might hold the answers.
In Kenya the obsession with high exam grades means extra pressure on children.
A new education system in set to replace the 32-year-old 8-4-4 system which has come to symbolise much of what's wrong with education in Kenya today.
A camp for people affected by malnutrition in Eritrea.
A photo smuggled out of Eritrea by the Freedom Friday network.
Eritreans are at risk of severe malnutrition – but aid agencies struggle to access those in need.
Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters
Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. But a recent amendment to the country's marriage law threatens its progress.
A woman waits to be registered at a food distribution centre run by the United Nations World Food Programme in Thonyor, Leer state, South Sudan.
Nearly half of South Sudan's population could be severely food insecure and at risk of death in the coming months because of the avoidable acts of civil war in a land of plenty.
By agencies working together, we can prevent female genital mutilation, which new research confirms is happening in Australia.
Female genital mutilation is largely hidden in Australia and other high-income countries. But the United Nations says it is a global concern – and our research found it does affect girls here.
Checking-in after class in the city of Cebu, Philippines.
The developing world is waking up to the internet. We need to know how new generations of children use it.
A Halloween gathering in Los Angeles for children who live on the street, in shelters or in cars.
On the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's promise to "end welfare as we know it," a social work scholar asks why child poverty is still such a problem in the U.S. and what race has to do with it.
Iraqi doctors weighs a child at a Baghdad clinic.
Most of the country's 1,717 primary healthcare centres have no running water or electricity and the hospitals are ill-equipped and under-staffed.
A young girl from Kenya’s Pokot tribe weeps as she’s led away from her home by her future husband’s family.
Education can be a powerful tool to stop the practice of child marriage. It empowers girls, and their success can ultimately boost their communities.
More than 80% of female circumcision in Indonesia are performed on babies under 1-year-old.
Female genital mutilation have long been carried out by traditional circumcisers in Indonesia. In recent years, the ritual has been increasingly institutionalised into medical practice.
Corporal punishment is practiced by schools in many parts of the world.
© Young Lives/Sarika Gulati
Hitting young children affects their grades as they grow up.
Children play in streets of village Kandaga, Tanzania.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider
A UNICEF report says global progress on child survival and reducing poverty has left behind some of the world's poorest children.
Bullet holes from the Copenhagen attack.
Liselotte Sabroe/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters
What makes some communities more vulnerable to the use of violence than others?
Despite a fall in our rate of child poverty, there is reason to be concerned about recent changes and future trends in Australia.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has just released its latest report card on child well-being in 41 rich countries. In particular, the report looks at the effects of the economic crisis on children…
People celebrate Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in her home town Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat valley. But history suggests the prize, shared with Kailash Satyarthi of India, is unlikely to reconcile their nations.
The awarding of a shared Nobel Peace Prize award to a 17-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, and a 60-year-old Indian man, Kailash Satyarthi, is historic and aimed at conveying multiple messages…
Violence that happens behind closed doors and within families is finally being recognised as a crime – not just a “domestic”.
She showed me the cigarette burns on her arms. Her eyes seemed empty as she slumped in the chair, answering questions with defeated shrugs. Finally she explained that her stepfather had held her down and…
Injured child in Gaza before last week’s ceasefire: Israel is a State Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Amidst the cycle of fighting and ceasefire between the Israeli military and Hamas the safety of children remains severely threatened. Young Israelis are vulnerable to the trauma of frequent air raids that…