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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

Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

(37) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 7:21 AM

A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want?

Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank...

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Here's Scientific Proof That Poverty Can Be Inherited

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:05 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

The story begins with two babies. Alike in potential, a lifetime of possibilities lie ahead. It ends with two adults: a man sporting a tux and sipping champagne, and a woman in a waitress uniform, serving him oysters.

In May, this brilliant online graphic comic...

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Medicine Hat Proves Idealism and Realism Can Walk Hand in Hand

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 7:54 AM

When the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society approached councillor Ted Clugston six years ago with a plan to end homelessness, he was cynical. The group wanted to just give homes to the homeless.

"You're going to end homelessness? Yeah ok, good one," he recalls thinking.

But the society argued...

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Reconciliation Must Come From People, Not Just Parliament

(8) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Day after day, victims of apartheid recounted their stories of unimaginable suffering. The sheer weight of horror drove Archbishop Desmond Tutu to break down and weep.

In the 1990s, we watched with admiration as Archbishop Desmond Tutu united his nation after apartheid through a truth and reconciliation...

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A Changing Battlefield Complicates the Fight to Help Child Soldiers

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Without guns, tanks, or warplanes, the United Nations won a stunning victory on the battlefield.

After months of complicated negotiation, in May the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) convinced 10 armies involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic to stop recruiting children and release all of the estimated...

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A Sense of Purpose Can Make You Live Longer

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 9:34 AM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mabel sat in her Chicago apartment, waiting to die.

Once an active social butterfly, the 85-year-old found herself increasingly cocooned at home because of age-related illnesses like arthritis. A downward spiral ensued: the less Mabel went out, the more she lost touch with friends,...

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West Africa Faces a Long Road to Recovery After the Ebola Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:10 AM

Every day for months, Mabinty marched to her school in Magburaka, Sierra Leone. And every day she found the doors locked and windows shuttered. The eight-year-old heard her parents talk about this thing called Ebola, but didn't understand why it meant she couldn't go to school.

In mid-April, Mabinty's patience...

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We Must Pay More Than Lip Service to Our Soldiers and Veterans

(9) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 7:36 AM

From Canada to the United States to Europe, many families' loved ones made it back from Afghanistan thanks to John Bloggins (his name has been changed to protect his privacy). For months at a time, the Canadian combat medic lived at remote Afghan outposts, mending bullet wounds and severed limbs....

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A Unique Pen Pal Project Brings the Yemen Conflict Home for Ontario Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 7:44 AM

The Facebook message came from the middle of a war zone. "It's people like you that give me and so many others hope that we are not forgotten and alone," wrote Yemeni peace activist Nina Aqlan to Canadian teacher Kathleen Connors and her students.

That online exchange is part...

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The Next 10 Years Will Offer Limitless Options to Change the World for the Better

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 8:31 AM

When we set out in 1995 to end child labour, we stood on a straight road with just two directions to choose from: donate to a charity, or start one.

It's incredible how much has changed in the world of "doing good" since then.

So we started a mostly traditional...

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What 20 Years Has Taught Us: Empowering People to Be Changemakers

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 5:30 PM

Without the shelter of trees, talons of wind rend the vulnerable farm fields of Salabwek, Kenya, stripping away precious topsoil. But one 16-year-old arborist is bringing back the trees.

Mercy Chepchilat, a Grade 11 student at Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School in southern Kenya, saw that deforestation from charcoal burning...

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Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Go Hand in Hand

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 3:28 PM

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. When Mom Necessity visited Sam Goldman one dark African night, she came disguised as a broken lantern and a poisonous snake.

Goldman was a young, idealistic Peace Corps volunteer, serving in a remote village in Benin that had no electricity. Trying...

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One Year Later, #BringBackOurGirls Shows the Limits of Clicktivism

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 12:51 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

One year ago the world stood with a small Nigerian community to demand "bring back our girls." Today, there may be no one to bring back.

Most Canadians had never heard of Boko Haram -- a Nigerian radical Islamic militia violently opposed to western education...

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Fighting Climate Change Is Fighting for Human Rights

(8) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:05 AM

Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier remembers the day her neighbour didn't come home.

Simon Nattaq lives across the street from Watt-Cloutier in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He's a hunter with decades of experience and traditional knowledge handed down through generations. He knows the land -- when it's safe to go out on the...

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The Unique Law School Coming Soon to Happy-Centric Bhutan

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:33 PM

Lawyers and happiness -- an unlikely pairing? Not in Bhutan.

In February, the king of Bhutan signed the royal charter for a school of law -- the very first in this tiny Asian nation. This law school will be unique. It will experiment with new methods for training...

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Veterinarians Don't Just Heal Pets, They Can Help Heal Poverty

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:28 PM

As war raged in Sudan, thousands streamed across the border into neighbouring South Sudan. The refugees faced hunger, disease and the loss of everything they owned. Then help arrived in an unexpected form: veterinarians.

An estimated one billion of the world's most impoverished people live in rural communities....

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Thomas King's Lessons in History, Humour and Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 5:18 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

The black and white photo is an almost cliché depiction of simpler, happier times. Two young boys, dressed up in Roy Rogers-esque cowboy duds. Ironically, both cowboys are actually Indians.

The photo grabbed my attention from the moment I arrived at the Guelph, Ont., home...

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We Need to Talk About Toxic Masculinity

(11) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:56 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Kevin was out of town when his father died. He didn't want to appear weak before his friends. So the high school student kept his pain and guilt bottled up, slowly tearing him apart from the inside.

Kevin (his name has been changed to...

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A Generous Donation Makes Charities Think Harder About Cooperation

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 8:22 AM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Canadian music industry mogul Gary Slaight announced his foundation was giving a $7 million donation to seven non-profit organizations, he didn't just hand over a cheque. He presented a vision.

Slaight wants non-profits to come out of their silos and change the...

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Reflecting on Nunavut's First 15 Years

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:19 AM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

The second hand ticked toward midnight. Around the table the atmosphere was tense. High-level representatives from the federal government were wavering. It was the make-or-break moment for a deal that would change the face of Canada.

On that night in July, 1993, the government of...

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