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Since 2006, Canada alone has pumped more than $180 million into education in Afghanistan, according to the Canadian Foreign Affairs project browser. Thousands of schools have been rebuilt or rehabilitated by western nations. Afghan government statistics show more than -- up from just 5000 in 2001. So why is it that, despite this decade of massive investment, the literacy rate for women is still only 22 per cent according to UNICEF? It's the same problem we've seen so many other places: failing to realize that building a school is not the same thing as providing an education.
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Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens originally designed for emergencies now struggle to meet rising, chronic need. And in both the grocery store and the food bank, the cheapest and easiest food to come by is processed, packaged, and unhealthy.
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Get informed about the products to avoid, and the products to embrace. Flaunt our best finds to our friends, in person and online. Share the knowledge and the excitement of shopping with a conscience, especially during this month of frenzied consumption and "great deals."
If there were such a thing as a rock star politician, the man known affectionately around the globe as "Madiba" is one. Today's youngest generation did not witness his historic struggle, release or election. Yet they know his extraordinary messages of equality, hope and forgiveness. And they are ready to receive his torch.
It is almost inconceivable how little the world has actually invested in helping the most vulnerable countries be prepared. As we join the people of the Philippines in grieving, and helping them rebuild their shattered lives, we can also rejoice in the lives that were saved by good preparation.
TORONTO - Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox's attempted cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research earned him a place on Canada's Walk of Fame on Saturday and drew the loudest cheers, 33 year...
It's one thing to be idealistic and mean well in life, but it's another thing to go out there and kick the world's butt to actually make a difference. Instead of talking about a more compassionate wor...
It was the speech heard around the world. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" are some of the most recognizable words in history, and 50 years later, the March on Washington Square is an enduring example of the struggle for basic freedoms through peaceful assembly. Now, it's time for reflection.
The story of how Jesse Giddings got his break in the entertainment industry reads like the opening act of a Hollywood film: star-hopeful moves from the suburbs to the big city with nothing but a duffel bag and a dream. We caught up with Giddings to find out what motivates him, and what he would say to his high-school self.
Hannah Alper is a 10-year-old blogger with a resume that would make recent journalism grads jealous. She earned a press pass for the 2013 Juno Awards, where she worked backstage as their official blogger. The reach of her environmental blog, callmehannah.ca, has landed her in the hot seat as interviewee with the likes of CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos.
Last Wednesday, singer Beyoncé Knowles posted a photo on Instagram that sent star-gazers into an uproar. Just once we'd love to see a Facebook status update like: "OMG! Beyoncé was collecting food for the food bank. I am so, like, going out tomorrow and doing a food drive!"
It's an intriguing concept: Help millennials answer life's big questions and change the world while watching television. But millennials, bombarded with information, tend to be skeptical, and they are notoriously elusive. Will they respond to calls to action presented on television?
Boredom is curable. Reading is the antidote. It's never too early to use the potency of story to illustrate a lesson. Kids have to learn about causes before they can care about them. Books with an overt moral message offer even more rewards as children learn about bullying, global issues, or the importance of helping others.
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Lights became a seasoned world traveller long before concert touring had her crisscrossing North America with hits like "Toes" and "My Boots." She told us what advice she would give her high-school self, and why she believes that education can break the cycle of poverty.
Summer vacation is well underway, and off-duty students across the country are looking for "something to do." Well, why not become Prime Minister of Canada? At the very least, practice your campaign speech, like We Day favourite -- and future prime minister -- Sydney Brouillard-Coyle.
The headline that caught our attention: "Millennials genuinely think they can change the world and their communities." It's the kind of headline that makes us smile. If you don't believe your efforts can make a difference, you're probably less likely to even try. So how do we build that optimism in young people so they do believe?
Joachim Ostertag knows exactly where he's biking--5,300-kilometres westward, from his hometown to Vancouver. The question he's asking of social workers, advocacy groups and random strangers along the way is: How can men "change the cycle" of violence against women?
Don't call Victoria Duffield a triple threat; she's closer to quintuple or septuple in her numbered talents. The recording artist from Abbotsford, B.C., recently joined forces with Aussie teen heartthrob Cody Simpson for the single "They Don't Know About Us". Duffield co-writes most of her tracks, some in collaboration with songwriters from Justin Bieber's camp.
Toppled piggy banks lay discarded on dressers. Couch cushions litter living room floors, the remains of an archaeological expedition for loose change. Cup holders in family cars across the country are missing coffee money. Youth across Canada have been busy collecting coins, especially pennies, and creating change.
The real world now has the largest generation aged 15-24 in history. Last year, 75-million young people were unemployed globally. In developing communities, investing in education dramatically increases economic and social capital, and even lowers health care costs. That's why J.R. Martinez calls youth the secret investment that will change the world.
On America's Independence Day, we find ourselves thinking about that time we went to Washington (state) to meet the (Kid) President. The president made an official visit to We Day Seattle with his brother-in-law and chief advisor Brad Montague, the guy behind the camera in Kid President's inspirational video series.
Last year we had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a historic meeting between a Canadian Aboriginal leader and a Maasai tribal chief. A lifelong Aboriginal activist, A-in-chut Atleo is the hereditary chief of the Ahousaht First Nation in British Columbia, and is serving his second term as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
Most know Farrow as a celebrated actor for her appearances in more than 50 films, but we know Farrow as our Free The Children Ambassador. We sat down with the actress, who told us what she wants her children to remember about her and why she can't presume to know the world's biggest problems.
Gift giving under these conditions can lead to impulse purchases and last-minute knickknacks that will live in storage. Since it was Dad who taught you to "Waste not, want not," why not make that your Father's Day mantra and avoid the wasteful consumer cycle?
A tech family challenge, First World problems are not so bad, social media and narcissism, Father's Day and finding happiness -- that's what caught my attention this week.
The recent collapse of a multi-storey factory in Bangladesh was a tipping point for a trend of transparency in retail. Shoppers vote with their dollars, and have the power to shift marketplace trends. But if you lack the knowledge to enforce that power, you might as well be powerless. Don't worry: There are apps for that.
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Dr. Dave Williams must be the consummate Canadian -- humble and quick to deflect praise despite everything he's accomplished -- in outer space, no less. Williams has piloted jets, saved countless lives as an emergency-room physician, and plunged to the depths of the sea as an aquanaut. And that's just on Earth.
Because of the huge influence our upbringing had on our values, we often ask our We Day speakers about what they've learned from their parents. We found this video of Martin Sheen in our archives, sharing fond memories of his father.
Martin Luther King III, son of iconic American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., had a legacy violently forced upon him. When he was ten years old, his father was assassinated. Six years later, his grandmother was gunned down in her church. To this day, King fights to better his community under the family name.
There's more to MC Hammer than the neon harem pants christened in his name. The hip-hop icon of the '80s is making his comeback in unexpected places: he's an ordained preacher, an angel investor, and a Silicon Valley mentor to minority-led tech start-ups.
Imagine if someone walked up to you on the street today and handed you a $20 bill. You'd probably be pretty happy, right? That will get you a good lunch. But you'd be even happier if you used the $20 to buy someone else lunch. It's true, and it's been scientifically proven.
Never tell Spencer West that he can't do something. A congenital spinal disorder rendered his legs useless, so at age five, West underwent a double amputation to remove them. His biggest challenge -- so far -- was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity last June. Today, we were with West as he kicked off the We Walk 4Water campaign, starting a 300-kilometre trek from Edmonton to Calgary.