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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

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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Are We Really "Too Busy," or Are We Just Watching YouTube Videos?

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Korean singer PSY has brought the progress of modern civilization to a grinding halt.

OK, we're exaggerating wildly. But recently The Economist did a rather interesting calculation around PSY's viral sensation "Gangnam Style," which as of June has been viewed more than two billion times on YouTube. The...

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Why Are There Mostly White Males on the Canadian Heroes List?

(41) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 12:40 PM

"Society needs heroes to rejuvenate, re-energize and renew itself with visions of the possible. That's what heroes do." -Roberta Bondar, first Canadian woman in space.

Heroes are mirrors. The individuals we choose to place upon pedestals reflect the values we cherish and the people we aspire to become. So what...

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Teen Politicians Give a Voice to Their Generation

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:09 AM

Many teens spend their babysitting money on something to listen to --music downloads, movies or concerts. Morgan Baskin put hers into being heard.

The 18-year-old high school senior is running for mayor of Canada's largest city. Amidst the international circus that is Toronto municipal politics, Baskin is a glimmer of...

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Are You Doing Your Part to Fight Child Labour?

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 1:20 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Brick-walled, tin-roofed and windowless, there's nothing remarkable about the large, rundown shack squatting in a rural field outside the city of Patna, in northeast India. It's an ugly building, but what's inside is uglier still. In fetid darkness, the air stifling and thick with the...

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Tax Fairness: International Businesses Should Pay Their Due

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:13 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

In her little shop in Accra, Ghana, Marta Luttgrodt works 12 hour days, seven days a week, to pay fees to put her two kids through school. Her neighbour, a brewery owned by multinational beer baron SABMiller, looms large; its shadow is a constant reminder...

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It's Almost Summer -- Time to Thank a Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:57 AM

We confess: we've forgotten how to calculate the circumference of a circle. We don't know which elements go where on the periodic table, and we can't remember any Governor General from before we were born except the guy who donated the Stanley Cup.

But we do remember Mr. Fedrigoni...

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The Power Is in Dad's Hands to Teach Sons Respect For Women

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Another month, another mass killing -- this time at the University of California. Another forensic dissection of the killer's past in search of explanations. Another queue of media pundits pointing fingers -- too many guns, too little mental health care. It's become almost predictable.

This time, however, the attacks sparked...

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Canada's Dumping Its Trash in Another Country's Backyard

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Something's rotten in the port of Manila -- and the stench is 100 per cent "Made in Canada."

In June, 2013, 50 school bus-sized shipping containers arrived at the docks of the Philippines' capital city. They were marked as plastic from Canada, destined for recycling...

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Giving Back Is Just Good Business

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Kneeling on the rocky ground, the tall thin labourer used his bare hands to prepare a mound of sand, gravel and cement mix. Under the blazing Indian sun, he wiped his brow with an arm caked to the elbow in grime before grabbing a shovel to work the materials into...

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How One Woman Tackled Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 5:33 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

In a developing community, a child willingly skipping class is nigh unthinkable; education is a resource more precious than gold. So when the students filed in to see Khady's empty seat, it was a gaping void that could not be ignored. The 12-year-old had been...

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We Need to Talk About Missing Women All Over the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:53 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Awa Abge. Hauwa Yirma. Asabe Manu. There are 180 names in total. One hundred and eighty terrified girls held captive in the Nigerian bush for the crime of desiring an education. With hashtags like #BringBackOurGirls, Canadians flooded social media to support the girls...

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How Entrepreneurship Can Help Fight Global Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:28 PM

The last time we visited India we met a young man who we thought was a mischievous street kid. But he was in fact a harbinger of sustainable economic development.

Maybe 13 years old, he held his hand out for spare rupees. We offered instead to buy him lunch, and...

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