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What We Wish For Our Children
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Parents everywhere dream about better futures for their children. Whether you’re in the US or the UK, Ethiopia or Malawi… our hopes seem to be rooted in the same ideas: success, love, happiness, and legacy. One of the coolest parts about seeing a community get access to clean water is hearing how those dreams change and grow. How more time and better health bring new opportunities for families — kids in particular. The dreams vary, but they almost always start with education. Here are a few of our favorite examples from parents we’ve met around the world…

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The Toughest Places For a Girl To Get An Education
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To make sure every girl has the chance of getting a good education, we need to understand where girls are being left behind. That’s why ONE has created the Toughest Places for a Girl to Get an Education index.

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10 Past Nobel Peace Prize Winners You Should Know
Daniele Selby

The Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work” to facilitate international cooperation, reduce conflict, and promote international peace, will be announced on Oct. 6. Among this year’s favorites to win are Angela Merkel, Pope Francis, and the group of volunteer humanitarian responders in Syria known as The White Helmets, Time reports. In anticipation of Friday’s big reveal, Global Citizen took a retrospective view of past Nobel Peace Prize winners and their accomplishments.

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EDUCATING GIRLS EMPOWERS THEM TO BE SMARTER, WEALTHIER… AND HEALTHIER
Jenny Ottenhoff

What are the benefits of sending girls to school? You might answer that they will learn how to read, write and do arithmetic, all of which equip them to enter the workforce, earn an income, and contribute more to the economy … And you would be correct. But that’s only part of the answer. Beyond improving their knowledge, skills and earning potential, educating girls can have a big impact on their health, and the health of their children and communities.

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Millions of Kids Could be Denied Education if Trump Budget Cuts Go Through
Joe McCarthy

These are all children who benefit from UNICEF’s school programs, which is one of hundreds of organizations that are supported in part by the United States’ chief foreign aid agency, USAID. But many of the advances that have been made in recent years to achieve universal education could be unraveled as Congress weighs whether to accept the Trump administration’s proposed 52% cut to international education spending. It would disrupt organizational structures that have been painstakingly developed over many years and would throw the educations of millions of kids into uncertainty.

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Accessible High Quality Sustainable Education For All
Allison Kooser

For many of us in the United States, our formative years were spent in school, learning to think, interact and discover. School served as the backdrop of our childhoods, and equipped us to achieve our goals as adults. It shaped us into the people we are today. We know that education matters.

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Workers install solar panels at the Constantine photovoltaic power station in Cestas, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, Friday, May 22, 2015. Once operational, the Constantine plant is set to be the largest ground-mounted photovoltaic installation across Europe. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
This Brilliant Program Installs Solar Panels for Free for Low-Income Residents
Joe McCarthy

Renewable energy created jobs nearly 17 times faster than the rest of the economy in 2016, yet a common argument against the industry is that it costs traditional energy jobs, harming more workers and families than it benefits.A new initiative in Washington is aiming to put this myth to rest by showing that renewable energy not only creates jobs, but also improves society as a whole.

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This Global Citizen of America Helped to Save Hawaii’s Waters. Now She’s Going Global
Joe McCarthy

“There’s this sense that the ocean isn’t a barrier but that it’s what connects us,” Aulani Wilhelm, an ocean conservationist, told Global Citizen. “Voyaging and going outward and connecting and going back and forth has always been deeply rooted.” Wilhelm is the senior vice president for the center for oceans at Conservation International. She was born and raised in Hawaii and she’s spent much of her career advocating, successfully, for the protection of the oceans.

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Malala Just Asked the President of Nigeria to Declare a State of Emergency For Education
Alice Jowett

Malala Yousafzai has called for a state of emergency for education to be declared in Nigeria. On Monday, Malala – the 20-year-old Nobel Prize winner – met with the acting president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss the importance of investing in children’s education in the region. The human rights activist is visiting the West African country as part of her #GirlPowerTrip.

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Girl Scouts Add a New Leadership Goal — Cybersecurity
Joe McCarthy

Girl Scouts will soon be adding new cookies to their collection — your Internet history. The youth organization known for Thin Mints and Samoas is teaming up with Palo Alto Networks to bring cybersecurity education to potentially millions of girls. This partnership is a way to break down gender barriers in the technology world, fill a much-needed employment gap in the cybersecurity industry, and get youth members ready for an increasingly digitized future.

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