No child left behind: This social entrepreneur has served nine million meals to children in need

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lukas Bester, Freelance Researcher and Writer – World Economic Forum, Sustainable Development Consultant in Emerging Markets Wawira Njiru is a Kenyan entrepreneur, nutritionist and the founder and executive director of Food for Education. She grew up in Ruiru, […]

Five ways that organizations can invest in digital trust and safety for children

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek E. Baird, Chief Youth Officer, BeMe Health, Sam Dorison, Head of Partnerships and Special Initiatives, BeMe Health More organizations than ever before are confronting how to prioritize child and youth digital trust and safety. Organizations that sustainably […]

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. In the past ten years, digital technologies and the way children […]

Today’s children will emit 10 times less CO2 than their grandparents

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Today’s children will emit 10 times less CO2 than their grandparents, if the world reaches net-zero emissions by 2050, the IEA estimates. In advanced economies with bigger carbon footprints, people born in […]

An expert explains: How to talk to children about mental health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The world is facing a mental health crisis for children and adolescents, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and historic underfunding. One in seven 10-19-year-olds experiences a mental disorder, according to the World […]

COVID-19 may have ushered in a remote work revolution in maternal and child health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shirley Sylvester, Senior Medical Director for Women’s Health, Johnson & Johnson Maternal mortality has dropped 38% since 2000, but that progress is not shared equally and has been hampered by COVID-19. Race and location can be matters of […]

For a better future for children and young people, we need to innovate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Years of progress towards Sustainable Development goals has been dramatically interrupted by COVID-19. We need to work with children and young people to improve mental health and the […]

Toy safety: MEPs want to step up EU rules to protect children

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to strengthen current rules and market surveillance to ensure that all toys sold on the EU market, including from non-EU countries and online, are safe. In a report unanimously approved on Thursday with 44 votes in favour, Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer […]

Children face life with more heatwaves, floods, droughts and wildfires than their grandparents

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Inger Ashing. Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International The climate crisis is a child-rights crisis. The adverse weather events caused by a warming planet affect children first and worst. Children born in 2020 will be harder hit […]

Risks to kids online are growing. Here’s what we can do 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Farah Lalani, Community Lead, Global Coalition for Digital Safety, World Economic Forum Apple delayed its rollout of child safety features, and Instagram delayed Instagram for Kids. Facing accusations that its platforms harm children, Facebook says it will introduce […]

Zilda Arns: the brazilian woman who changed children’s lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Luísa Eugênio Farias, a second-year medical student at UNICESUMAR, in Maringá, Brazil and Ms. Esther Serman Castro e Silva, a third-year medical student at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense), in Niterói, Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

How to talk about politics with kids. It needs to happen at school

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leon Hady, Founder, Guide Education Young people react intuitively to inequality and unfairness – it’s something adults could learn from, and societies can benefit from. But there is often a culture of censorship where some opinions seem acceptable […]

Palliative Care in Children, why it is less known and why do we need to raise awareness more?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Muhsin Öznaneci, currently an intern doctor who works in Göztepe Prof.Dr. Süleyman Yalçın Hospital (formerly Göztepe Training and Research Hospital) affiliated with İstanbul Medeniyet University, İstanbul, Turkey. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

The Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Explained

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Ms. Katarzyna Rybarczyk, a Political Correspondent. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. Children should never take part in armed conflicts. In fact, as UNICEF says, the use of child soldiers by armed groups […]

Mobile creches are transforming the lives of women and children in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Lack of childcare is one of the biggest obstacles to women’s participation in employment. Now an innovative scheme in Burkina Faso is offering mobile creches, so that mothers can work while their […]

Commission proposes action to uphold child rights and support children in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today adopted the first comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, as well as a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee, to promote equal opportunities for children at risk of poverty or social exclusion. In […]

A perfect storm is pushing children in sub-Saharan Africa into crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mohamed M. Malick Fall, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF & Peter Holmes à Court, Special Correspondent, Analyst An estimated 30 million Africans slipped into extreme poverty in 2020 – the great majority of them under […]

MEPs highlight impact of pandemic on children’s health and education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU member states must invest more in education, healthcare, housing, family support and childcare, making sure that these services reach all children. “A child is first and foremost a child, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, nationality or social and economic background, ability, migration or […]

Human trafficking: stronger measures to protect women, children and migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The use of sexual services provided by trafficking victims must be criminalised and harder measures to tackle its proliferation are needed, Parliament says. In a report adopted with 571 votes in favour, 61 against and 59 abstentions, Parliament assesses the 2011 EU Anti-trafficking Directive […]

These 10 countries are the best at respecting children’s rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Elliott, Senior Writer, Formative Content A new study uses United Nations data to measure how children’s rights are respected across the globe. Iceland, Switzerland and Finland come top. But worldwide, millions of children face extreme poverty due […]

3 campaigns spreading the joy of reading to children at home

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kaya Bulbul, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum More than 90% of students worldwide have been affected by lockdowns. Children’s authors, illustrators and teachers are reading books and providing lockdown tips via social media. More than 100 celebrities […]

How speaking ‘parentese’ to your child could make them a faster learner

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content “Parentese” is a particular way of talking to your children, which involves slowing down your speech, speaking in a higher pitch and giving pauses for them to respond. Babies of parents who […]

The children’s continent: keeping up with Africa’s growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bandar Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank By 2050 two in every five children will be born in Africa. Urban population expected to triple. ‘Smart’ cities are developing but planners need to be prepared. The world’s population is growing, […]

How one traumatised child survived genocide and started a movement for mental health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Around 8,000 people were killed in Rwanda and the brutality left mental scars. Grace Gatera was diagnosed with PTSD as a young child. She now campaigns to improve access to mental heath […]

Here’s how we make the internet safer for children

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joanna Rubinstein, President & CEO, World Childhood Foundation, USA & Lina Fernandez, Special Projects Manager, World Childhood Foundation USA This year the World Wide Web celebrates its 30th anniversary. In that time, the internet has transformed every facet […]

Children paying a high price for inequality

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Rising income inequalities in OECD countries over the past two decades have hit vulnerable children hard, making it less likely they will fulfill their economic and social potential later in life, according to a new OECD report. Changing the Odds for Vulnerable Children: Building Opportunities and […]

Training for staff in early childhood education and care must promote practices that foster children’s learning, development and well-being

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Countries need to ensure that the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce is prepared for the demands of working with young children in order to give a strong start to all children. Based on the OECD’s Starting Strong Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS Starting […]

Children as old as 12 can benefit from an afternoon nap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Napping could be beneficial for children as old as 12, according to new research. The link between sleep and behaviour will be nothing new to parents: the study includes anecdotal evidence that shows […]

This Indian school accepts plastic waste instead of fees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content It’s not unusual for children to arrive at school carrying bags. Usually, you might expect them to be full of books. But at one school in India, students are turning up with […]

Why vaccines are not just for children

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Loew, Executive Vice-President; Head, Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi #VaccinesWork. This is the theme chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the 2019 World Immunization Week (24-30 April). So, let’s pause and celebrate the value of immunization as […]

Our children’s career aspirations have nothing in common with the jobs of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nick Chambers, CEO, Education & Employers Much of the discussion in Davos this week will focus on technology and jobs. But what will the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean for our children and the way we educate them? How do […]

American women are 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their mothers

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer What do Serena Williams and Beyoncé have in common? Both are global superstars and phenomenally successful in their chosen careers. Both are also mothers, who’ve spoken publicly about the life-threatening complications they experienced during pregnancy […]

These refugee children have danced in the snow for the first time

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Authors: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The smiles on their faces and squeals of excitement said it all – a young brother and sister from Eritrea were seeing snow for the first time ever, in their adoptive new […]