Development & Education

Development & Education

Making 'The Beautiful Game' even more beautiful for these young Nicaraguans

It’s rare to see young women or girls playing organized sports in rural Nicaragua because they have so many responsibilities: taking care of younger siblings, gathering firewood, cooking, and cleaning. And women are restricted by machismo, and the idea that sports are for men. But a small soccer league is giving girls new opportunities, both on the field and off.

Development & Education

Despite protests, Ontario is going forward with a newer, more modern sex ed curriculum. These girls helped make it happen.

There’s a battle afoot over sex education in the Canadian province of Ontario. The government says it’s overhauling its sex ed curriculum — which it hasn’t done since 1998 — to prepare kids for issues like tolerance, consent, and so many things they might encounter on the Internet. Some parents say they’ll pull their children out of class rather than expose them to what they call harmful material. But two teen activists are not only welcoming the changes: they helped make them.

Development & Education

A subject so taboo that rural Indians only use its initials

How do you teach girls about something so taboo that no one — not even their mothers — will discuss? In traditional, rural India, instructors use games, films, and conversation to help female students understand what's going on with their bodies, especially menstruation. And that knowledge can be the start of other changes in how they see their roles in school and beyond.

Development & Education

Despite protests, Ontario is going forward with a newer, more modern sex ed curriculum. These girls helped make it happen.

There’s a battle afoot over sex education in the Canadian province of Ontario. The government says it’s overhauling its sex ed curriculum — which it hasn’t done since 1998 — to prepare kids for issues like tolerance, consent, and so many things they might encounter on the Internet. Some parents say they’ll pull their children out of class rather than expose them to what they call harmful material. But two teen activists are not only welcoming the changes: they helped make them.

Development & Education

Language is the great equalizer at this school in Louisiana

For decades, East Baton Rouge Parish school district was under a federal desegregation order. The school district continues to struggle with diversity in its schools. However, one result of the desegregation order was the introduction of a language immersion elementary magnet school program. Language was used in two ways: both to attract middle class white families to the inner-city school and to equalize the dynamics inside the classroom between rich and poor, black and white