Development & Education

Development & Education

How American fifth graders react when introduced to the concept of child marriages

The concept of child marriage is a completely foreign idea in the United States. Yet in many parts of the world, including South Asia and Africa, it’s as common as the idea of marriage itself. In countries such as, Niger, Chad and the Central African Republic, for example, more than two-thirds of girls were married off before their 18th birthday in 2007. That’s according to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

Development & Education

Turkey faces a daunting challenge in trying to educate hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees

Inside Syria, almost six million children have been affected by the country's ongoing civil war, and millions more have fled the country to find safety in refugee camps. Turkey, for example, has opened its doors to about a million-and-a-half Syrian refugees since spring 2011. But as the war drags on, Turkey is finding itself with a long-term humanitarian and education problem.

Development & Education

Are madrassas in Africa educating or indoctrinating?

One place that girls in Africa are finding an education is at Islamic religious schools known as madrassas. Typically these schools teach only boys, but in sub-Saharan Africa, more madrassas are being opened for girls and are usually funded by wealthy Arab donors. It’s a way to compensate for, what some say, is the extremely poor quality of state-funded schools.

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Problem with the PlayPump

A water pump built into a children's merry-go-round. The idea was simple: It was meant to provide clean water for thousands of African villages. Philanthropists loved it. Until it fell apart. Amy Costello's gives us an update on today's show.

Development & Education

Canadian census controversy

Canada asks a lot more questions when it comes to collecting census information. Some Canadians say the forms violate their privacy. So Canada is dropping some questions, and considering making participation voluntary. Derek Stoffel reports from Toronto.