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Malala Yousafzai should win Nobel Peace Prize, petition says MaLA

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 10, 2012

Malala speech:

More than 90,000 people have already signed an online petition calling for Malala Yousafzai to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

At Change.org, Canadian journalist Tarek Fatah said no person deserves the award more than the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Up to Us to Deliver for Malala

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 17, 2012

By Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Today 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting to go to school, will arrive in the UK for medical treatment.

Medical experts say that Malala, fortunate to escape death from the assassin’s bullet, faces a long haul to recovery. I know the Birmingham hospital where Malala is to be treated. I have visited patients, doctors and nurses there on a number of occasions and I have seen at first hand their expertise in dealing with injuries caused by gunshot wounds.

I have also spoken this morning to Pakistan’s High Commissioner in the UK, who is travelling to meet Malala when she arrives in Birmingham. I have assured him of whatever help is needed for Malala and her family.

As Malala fights for her life, a worldwide campaign continues to grow around her in support of her demand for education for every girl.

In Pakistan, as well as India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and along with the West, Malala’s courage is inspiring revulsion against the Taliban. She is becoming for millions of children their adopted sister and for millions of parents their adopted daughter.

This week leaders and celebrities are now joining the thousands of young supporters in signing the new ‘I am Malala’ petition on: www.educationenvoy.org.

The petition will be presented to the Pakistani President and the UN Secretary-General, demanding that Malala and every girl, is granted their right to education.

If leaders are now offering welcome support, it is children and young people who have led the waves of protest — and by demonstrating in droves, this new generation has done more to assert the right of every child to education than the leaders who promised to deliver it.

Behind the headlines, the protests are giving birth to a campaign of young people who are no longer willing to tolerate the gap between the promise of opportunity for all and the reality of millions of boys and girls shut out from even the most basic of primary schooling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Global Warming Is No Longer a Future Problem, It’s a Now Event

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 29, 2012

By Jason Mraz, Singer songwriter

This past February, 2012, on the day after the Superbowl, I achieved enlightenment on a flight from Ushuaia Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, headed back to The United States.

It wasn’t the first time I’d achieved such a glorious and all encompassing perspective; that moment where you think and figure less, and simply just are. a being. being; experiencing your interconnectedness to all things; realising what you are is only that you are. and in that; everything.

The first time I experienced it was in a bath tub in New York City. For no reason to my knowledge I suddenly saw how every tile surrounding the tub was made, manufactured, and grouted with love. I saw how the plumbing was only made possible by a plumber who either loved his job or his family, enabling him to do such a fine job connecting the pipes from below the city streets all the way up to the 23rd floor where I was pruning in the tub. Behind every detail I saw an act of creation by a creature who was a product of creation itself. The material world seemed less material and appeared to me as it really was; an extension of my experience, that which I sometimes call my Self. I didn’t float in the tub figuring it all out or making anything up, it was just a clear and present stream of consciousness that brought me to tears; eventually twisting its way down the drain and leaving me just as watered and weighed down by the gravity of being human trying to maintain or make sense of the memory, as I was uplifted only moments before. Read the rest of this entry »

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Recession Is Having a Devastating Impact on Our Young People

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 27, 2012

By Ginny Lunn, Director of policy and strategy at youth charity The Prince’s Trust

The recession is already damaging the hopes of thousands of young people who are struggling to find a job.

Now young people in schools could be next in line.

Today, we are releasing new research showing that seven out of 10 secondary school teachers (70%) are increasingly worried their pupils will end up on benefits, while more than one in three (37%) feel their efforts are in vain, due to high levels of unemployment.

As a former teacher myself, I know that they do all they can to support students. It is now more important than ever for government, charities and employers to work closely with teachers to support young people who may be struggling.

Young people can fall out of the education system for many reasons – and all too often they end up feeling that they can never achieve anything.

There are thousands of young people that fall into this vicious cycle, feeling like they have ‘failed’ in school and leaving with few qualifications and little confidence to help them find a job in the future. This can breed low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness and sometimes even depression. Read the rest of this entry »

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Camila Batmanghelidjh: I’ve Seen Kids So Malnourished They’ve Lost Their Teeth

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 27, 2012

Camila Batmanghelidjh

Camila Batmanghelidjh isn’t angry that children are starving in London. She’s lethal.

“It makes me determined to do something about it,” she tells The Huffington Post UK. “Anger is waiting for someone else to do something. I tend to just become lethal, decide that something needs to be done and do it.”

The 49-year-old colourful charity boss is armed with statistics, and barbs at the government who she claims listen but “ultimately, they don’t care.”

Every day, she says, children in London are going without food as poverty in the capital increases. She’s seen children who are so malnourished they lose teeth, children so hungry who draw pictures of food and eat them, who scrimp and scrape to get their main meal of the day.

Her charity Kids Company are currently helping 2,000 children who otherwise would go without their main meal of the day, with around 70 new cases coming in for help each week. “I raise the alarm all the time in relation to government and these children,” Batmanghelidjh says. “They are very cordial but ultimately, really, they don’t care because these kids don’t vote.”

Is she saying David Cameron doesn’t care about starving children? “It’s not within his visceral experience. He doesn’t see it. When you are in Downing Street it’s very hard to get close to the experience of a child who literally has no food or is sitting in the dark, or… It’s not just his [background] I think often the political classes are not close to the experience of children surviving their childhood. It’s because of that that they make mindless decisions.” Read the rest of this entry »

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In Favour of Philanthropy

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 17, 2012

By Tony Blaire, former prime Minister of Britain

One of the most unanticipated lessons I learnt from my 10 years as British Prime Minister, was not about the power of government but its limitations. There are, of course, things that only government can do and reforms only government can enable. The profile of government, however, as the sole means of effecting change and therefore the vehicle into which all efforts for change should be put, is misleading and wrong.

When first elected you think: you have got the top job; you know what you want to do; you set it out campaigning for office; surely, once you have the top job, the decisions will be made, the action will follow. My first term was a learning experience in the difference between intention and delivery, between saying and doing. The perception may be the absolute power of the top person; the reality is one in which you are regularly blocked by politics, by bureaucracy, by the innate tendency to inertia of a system designed to manage the world not change it.

In my second term, I created systems to break the blockage: government working together with the private and philanthropic sectors to implement change. And in terms of reform the second five years were much more radical in many ways than the first.

Part of the difference lay in appreciating the extraordinary and dynamic role of the Philanthropic sector. Today’s 11th Global Philanthropy Forum registers an opportunity to see how far this sector has developed and how much more it could develop further. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children In Need Sets New £26Million Fundraising Record After JLS And Gok Wan Join Event

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 19, 2011

The Children in Need fundraising extravaganza has raised a record on-the-night total of £26 million.

The figure was announced at the end of the six-hour charity marathon at 2am.

Host Sir Terry Wogan said: “That is the greatest single total we have ever made in one night, so thank you. Thank you to the British people in these tough times to come up with that kind of money on behalf of Britain’s children.”

The total sum was confirmed as £26,332,334, more than £8 million more than the amount raised last year. It will now be hoped that the appeal can top the record for the final total, which was set at £40 million in 2010.

The BBC One show featured a wide range of stars, with JLS, Lord Sugar, fashion guru Gok Wan, the cast of The Wizard of Oz and four BBC newsreaders among those providing entertainment.

Boyband One Direction kicked the event off with their single What Makes You Beautiful.

Sir Terry’s co-hosts Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton were all dressed in gold and posed like Charlie’s Angels as Destiny’s Child’s song Independent Women blasted through the studio

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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