· December, 2007

Stories about Youth from December, 2007

Trinidad & Tobago: Give One, Get One?

  17 December 2007

“While there may well have been practical reasons to limit participation in the programme to the US and Canada, I find the idea philosophically distasteful and steeped in on-behalfism”: Caribbean Free Radio blogs about the One Laptop Per Child, Give One Get One programme.

Haiti: Restavek

  17 December 2007

Denise Green at Haiti Innovation blogs about the island's Restavek situation.

Bahrain: A tenfold increase in population?!

  15 December 2007

This time the roundup from Bahrain covers three weeks. We have frustration on every front, unfortunately: frustration with being surrounded by apathy and ignorance, with being a teenager, and with a ludicrous criminal charge. One blogger is considering leaving the Gulf for a better life back in India, another admits he rarely reads, and a number of others are debating the merits of secularism.

Neigbourhood Diaries: Growing Citizen Journalists from Grassroots

  14 December 2007

This week we have the pleasure to introduce to you the fifth of the first round grantees of the Rising Voices. 'Neigbourhood Diaries' is a citizen writing program moblising young people living in ’slums’ as citizen journalists to research, write and disseminate unrecognized and authentic community narratives in local and global media.

China: Please, Give Me a Job

  13 December 2007

Although there are almost half a year before graduation, the seniors in the universities of China have already thrown themselves into the cutthroat job-hunting war. Those ready-to-be graduates are busy running about the various job fairs, which can often attract tens of thousands of senior students flocking to seek their ideal work.

Angola: Worried about children welfare?

  13 December 2007

Orlando Castro [pt] casts doubt on the Angolan government discourse about its engagement in the protection and promotion of children welfare. The assurance that this was in the national political agenda was given by the Minister Joao Baptista Kussumua, at the UN headquarters, New York. “You only need to look...

Jamaica: Brain Drain

  13 December 2007

Francis Wade thinks that Jamaica needs “a change in priorities, and to rethink the economic effect of our brain-drain.”

Sudan, Nation of Contrasts

  13 December 2007

Zizou from Djerba compares the moral universe of a theatrical play [Fr] about democracy and women's rights staged at a rich international school in Khartoum with the realities of illiteracy, infant mortality and short average life expectancy the population at large must face, concluding that Sudan is a nation of...

Haiti: The Needs of Children

  12 December 2007

“I would argue that the measurement of progress in a country is…the ability of that country to meet the needs of its children”: Haiti Innovation refers to a UNICEF report “which suggests that we have a long way to go, both for Haiti and the world as a whole.”

Russia: “Nashi” in Moscow

  12 December 2007

The first post-election week in Moscow was marked by increased presence of out-of-town members of the pro-Putin youth movement Nashi ("Ours") - and by the first public appearance of members of Mishki ("Bear Cubs"), a new children's pro-Putin movement. Below are one blogger's impressions of a group of Nashi - as well as her thoughts on Russia's future.

Serbia: Dusan Saponja & Dusan Cavic

  11 December 2007

Belgrade 2.0 posts a wonderful selection of the wonderful video stories by Dusan Saponja and Dusan Cavic: “For short episodes such as these you just saw, it’s not really necessary to understand Serbian. However, most of the real masterpieces, award-winning shows, are subtitled. You see, besides humorous short clips, Dushan...

Russia: Nashi's Vova Panties

  11 December 2007

Scraps of Moscow writes about “a Nashi-sponsored fashion-show-cum-rally,” Russian politics and feminism: “The young lady – or at least part of her – is proclaiming, ‘VOVA! I am with you!'”

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