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Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, Co-Founders, Free The Children

Brothers and founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger are two of the world's leading figures in youth empowerment. Free The Children, which works with more than one million youth every year, is the world's largest network of children helping children through education.

Marc and Craig are syndicated columnists and co-authors of the New York Times bestseller, Me to We, and most recently, The World Needs Your Kid.

Their work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as on CNN, BBC, 60 Minutes and The Today Show, and in People, Time and the Economist.

Craig and Marc are represented by Me to We Speakers.

Entries by Craig and Marc Kielburger

How Young Canadians Become Jihadists

(12) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 12:24 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

To his friends, Collin Gordon was a "mellow dude" who played volleyball, studied business and threw the best parties at B.C.'s Thompson Rivers University.

With the income he earned as a carpenter, Somali immigrant Ali Dirie, 18, he was considering...

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What Companies Should Learn From Hollywood Romances

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:23 PM

In the film Crazy Stupid Love, Canadian actor and renowned ladies' man, Ryan Gosling, along with a hapless Steve Carell, both learn that finding true love requires a genuine effort to be more lovable. Perhaps today's corporations could use such a lesson, because the movie Wolf of Wall Street might...

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After Ebola, Let's Not Forget Sierra Leone

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:37 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

A decade before the Ebola crisis in West Africa, we stood at the Freetown dock in Sierra Leone's capital awaiting a shipment of health supplies for the country's eastern Kono district. The civil war had recently ended and the traumatized nation was beginning to rebuild....

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Annoyed at Your Homework? A Girl in Kenya Will Change Your Mind

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:51 PM

If we let North American teens choose their school hours, what would they seek? An afternoon start, of course, so they could sleep in. The day should end early enough to have hang-out time before supper. How about 1:30 p.m. to 2:15?

When the students at Kisaruni All-Girls...

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Attawapiskat Finally Has a Real School Again

(8) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 5:37 PM

For most Canadian schoolchildren, their biggest concern is a pop quiz or playground bullies. Chelsea Jane Edwards worried about getting frostbitten fingers while she took notes.

In the dead of winter, minus 40 degree winds whistled through gaps around doors and windows of the decrepit portables that made up...

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Racism Is Canada's Problem Too - Let's Talk About it

(50) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:40 PM

Irony -- when Canada's Minister of State for Multiculturalism is the victim of a racial slur. Minister Tim Uppal and his family walked into an Edmonton tennis club this past week and overheard a woman express disgust that the Sikh-Canadian family was allowed membership. She went on to...

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How the U.N. Exists in Thunder Bay

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:49 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

No more hockey. No more swimming lessons. For 15,000 Thunder Bay families living in poverty, the proposed funding cuts in 2005 meant the end of the only affordable sports and recreation programs available to their children. The council debate was rancorous. The motion looked ready...

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How Adult Literacy Is Transforming a Village

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 9:54 PM

In a mountain village perched high above the booming city of Xichang, students scribble eagerly in their notebooks under the lights of their newly built classroom. Their mouths whisper the syllables of each Mandarin character that their teacher etches on the chalkboard, and their eyes light up as they recognize...

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The Schools Keeping First Nations Kids From Turning into "Phantoms"

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:12 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the small First Nations community of Moricetown, in central B.C., teens haunt the convenience stores and gas bars, their lives adrift. Locals call them "phantoms." Cain Michell, then 14, was one of them.

The twisting yet hopeful path he has followed is important...

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The World's 51-Million Refugees Are Living in Limbo

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Clemantine Wamariya went years without taking a shower. Living with the filth and stench was still preferable to risking rape in a refugee camp bathroom.

Wamariya was six years old when, fleeing the 1994 Rwanda genocide. She walked through the gates of her first refugee camp, clutching her teenage sister's...

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Africa's Booming Population Needs Agricultural Innovation

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Natana Kisemei was 14 and illiterate when her father married her off to an older man. Now 36, she has five children and struggles to feed her family amid a drought and poverty in Kenya's Rift Valley. Her life to this point could well be the story of her continent's...

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If You Give Women in Poverty the Right Tools, They Will Flourish

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:08 PM

One small cup of corn porridge for breakfast. One small cup of corn porridge for dinner. Day after day, the same inadequate meals fuelled the hard labour of Daisy Barengetuny, her parents and seven brothers and sisters. The farming family had always lived on the knife edge of poverty, made...

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Why Archbishop Desmond Tutu Is Focused on Forgiveness

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 1:37 PM

"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind." - Mahatma Ghandi

It was March, 2002, when soldiers came knocking at the door of Tel Aviv mother Robi Damelin. A Palestinian sniper had ended the life of her 28-year-old son, David. The first words from her mouth...

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Humankind's Deadliest Foe Can Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 11:51 PM

For Canadian campers and cottagers, the war against the pesky mosquito is a struggle to avoid weeks of itchy inconvenience. For one-year-old John Kilel, the stakes were much higher.

Baby John came to our Baraka health clinic in rural Kenya this past March with a 40-degree fever....

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Access To Water Is No Longer Just A Third World Problem

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:42 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

It's a classic extortion racket.

Criminals demanding regular payments and if their victims don't deliver, the thugs warn, "Somebody dies!" But in 28 villages in northern India, there's one big difference: the gangsters don't want cash, they want water -- 35 buckets...

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Malala's Father Is Also a Hero

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:49 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Ziauddin Yousafzai thought the Taliban might come for him. Only him.

For years, he'd run schools that educated girls in Pakistan's Swat Valley District. And the threats came regularly.

"We took it for granted they would never go for a child."...

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International Games Need To Leave Something Other Than Crumbling Ruins Behind

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Crawling with vines and laced with graffiti, crumbling concrete structures that once hosted the world's greatest athletes now look like giant, weathered tombstones in an Olympic graveyard. They are the skeletons from the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, peppered with bullet holes from the Bosnian War.

Likewise in Munich,...

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Kofi Annan: Global Solutions Will Be Defined by Youth

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Is it just us, or does the world feel a bit scarier lately? Eastern Europe rumbles like a warming volcano as the Ukraine and Russia trade gunfire and western nations rattle sabres. Israel and Palestinian militants are once again clashing in Gaza. In Syria, three-million people...

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Remembering Greatness: Happy Birthday, Madiba

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Nelson Mandela would have been 96 this week. It's the first birthday since his passing -- celebrations replaced with mourning and reflection. Not just in South Africa, but throughout a world he changed for the better. Over nine decades Mandela undertook an incredible journey from angry young agitator, to peacemaker...

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To Save Lives, Canada Needs More Diverse Organ Donors

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM

The chance to save lives is simple--become an organ donor. The chance that someone from a particular ethnic group will receive an organ, like Canada's aboriginal and South Asian populations, is a little more complicated. We're a diverse country, but does our donor pool match that diversity?

In Ontario, about...

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