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 […]

These clothes grow with your child

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Keith Breene It’s thrifty parents dream – and a younger sibling’s nightmare – clothing that grows as the child does, lasting for years and designed to be handed down from one child to the next. British designer Ryan […]

Youth and children in Europe set the new perspectives for the decades to come

The share of children of less than 15% in a population is a powerful and polyvalent indicator. For one thing, it accurately predicts the strength or the frailness of the country’s most valuable asset for the next decades, which is its human capital in productive age. The obvious value of the related statistics led Eurostat, […]

The vicious cycle of poverty and exclusion spreads fast engulfing more children

According to a Eurostat study on people at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion (AROPE), the ongoing economic and financial crisis has seriously affected the relevant indicators. Eurostat is the statistical service of the European Union. AROPE is the headline indicator to monitor the EU2020 Strategy poverty target. According to Euroastat it reflects the share of the population […]

How wealthy people transmit this advantage to their children and grand children

Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical service, published data on poverty and social exclusion risks for EU citizens in 2011, showing completely disappointing results. The interesting thing, however, is that Eurostat didn’t release similar data for previous years for comparison reasons. Given that the much-advertised by the Brussels EU bureaucracy, “Europe 2020 strategy”, has set as […]