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Invest in Nursery Education for Better Exam Results

Russell Hobby | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Russell Hobby

Most of the attention in our education system is paid to the older end - exams and universities. Yet much of the action - in terms of making a difference - takes places at the start. Or even before children arrive at school. Put it this way: if you want better GCSE results, you should invest in nursery education.

Not Just a Piece of Paper

Justin Forsyth | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

Last week in New York over 160 leaders from around the world signed an agreement that will shape all of our destinies and radically change the way we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. In more than 25 years working in international development, this is perhaps the most pivotal moment I have had the privilege to be part of. A decade and a half after we ushered in a new era with the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will come into force.

The Future of a Generation

Jamal Edwards | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jamal Edwards

This week world leaders gathering in New York will make decisions that affect the future of billions. These are decisions that could end some of the most prominent issues of our time. Like ending extreme poverty. Fighting inequality and injustice. Fixing climate change. In all countries. For all people. We have a huge opportunity and we must take it.

It Is Shameful That Around the World Children Are Dying From Preventable and Treatable Illnesses

Karen Elson | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Karen Elson

A mother's love for her children is immeasurable. Her instinct is to protect her children, to nurture them, to teach them and watch them grow. This maternal drive does not know geographical or economic boundaries, and it is something I saw in every mother I spoke to on my trip.

What If Surrey Were Like Syria? Unsuspecting Residents Hit With School Closures, Empty Stores And Roadblocks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

A Surrey primary school is closed, its fences covered in barbed wire to stop anyone getting in. A store has virtually no goods and charges hugely-infl...

"I Don't Want to Remember the Journey - Ever"

Hedinn Halldorsson | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Hedinn Halldorsson

One in every 122 people in the world are asylum seekers, refugees or internally displaced in their own countries. More than half of the world's refugees are children. One of them is Sami*. He is 15, from Syria. Sami is here with a friend, his family are back in Syria.

Victoria Beckham Donates Harper's Clothes For Charity, See All The Outfits Here

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Parents

Victoria Beckham has donated 25 of Harper's designer outfits to the Fashion Saves Lives sale in aid of Save The Children. Members of the public can...

Looking Beyond the Earthquake: How Will Nepal Survive This Natural Disaster With One of the Weakest Health Systems in the World?

Fay Hoyland | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Fay Hoyland

During my visit, our plane had to circle in the sky above Kathmandu for hours whilst we struggled to land due to the morning fog and we experienced hours of standstill traffic as we tried to navigate our way through the city slums.

April 7th Day of Solidarity: Syria, We Hear You

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Between now and April 7th, is an opportunity to further understanding of the events and the circumstances of this extreme violation of human rights. And on April 7th we can join with Planet Syria and innumerable groups and organizations in worldwide peaceful demonstrations of every kind to show international solidarity.

Why We Should All Celebrate Committing to a 0.7% Aid Budget

Flora Alexander | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics
Flora Alexander

When trust in politicians is at an all-time low, we should take comfort in the fact that the parties worked together to keep a promise that featured in each of their manifestos in 2010. As we approach the end of this parliament, we have seen politicians put aside their differences to agree what kind of country they want to build in the next. And I for one want to say thank you.​

Teach and Get a Tan

Laura McCartan | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

Volunteers are part of a bigger picture of continued commitment to education and the work they do has dramatically improved the English language skills of the girls in the Rosie May home - a vital first step in breaking a cycle of poverty and institutionalisation.

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

The Human Cost of Ebola

Justin Forsyth | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

There is a big debate raging in all three countries on the lessons of what went wrong and what worked. We need to make a commitment to help these countries build a better future. This will take international support and solidarity.

A Nightmare Made Real: A Mother's Account of Life in Donetsk

Cat Carter | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

With the crisis currently engulfing her home, Svetlana is unable to work, and when the conflict intensified around her, she became afraid for her family's lives. She fled with her children to a neighbouring village. We sit together in a crowded family shelter as she tells me her story.

Unsung Heroes on the Ebola Frontline

Dr Catherine McGowan | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Dr Catherine McGowan

For every one doctor and three nurses working at an Ebola treatment unit there are approximately 26 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) staff... The next time you read an interview with an international doctor or nurse newly returned from their deployment and recounting desperately sad, and now too familiar, stories about the struggle and the suffering please give some thought to the many WASH staff who remain.

#XmasJumperDay: Our Favourite Knits From Around The Web

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With just 13 days to go until Christmas, there's no better way to cure the office scrooge than prancing around in your most outrageous piece of festiv...

Please, No More Awards for Tony Blair

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

As it happens, I'm not one of those who believe that Blair is evil incarnate. I met him on only a handful of occasions during his time as prime minister, and I was always left with the impression of a man possessed of almost messianic certainty that he was put on earth to make it a better place and rid it of bad people. I do believe that he made an appalling error of judgement in backing President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. It was an error that involved the UK in one of the biggest foreign policy blunders of recent times...

The Campaign to Rehabilitate Tony Blair

John Wight | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

The truth is that for any good Tony Blair did whilst in office it will never come close to eclipsing his decision to unleash a war on Iraq in 2003, a decision he took in defiance of the biggest mass movement the world has seen and on the basis not of faulty intelligence so much as a messianic and God-given sense of mission.

Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

Cat Carter | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.

Jessica Elgot

iPhone Photos From Syria's Teen Refugees Show Both How Normal And Strange Their Life Is | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK

The pictures from the refugee camps of Jordan tend to show just the crying babies, the ragged tents and handouts stamped with the names of foreign gov...

Ebola: Why the World Must Act Now

Robbie McIntyre | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Robbie McIntyre

I write this from Monrovia, Liberia's capital. This country accounts for more than 2,000 of the 3,400 estimated deaths from Ebola across the region, but with cases going unreported, some choosing to die without seeking help, and others succumbing in communities which are barely accessible, that is almost certainly a gross underestimate. UNICEF calculates that around 2,000 children in Liberia have lost both parents to the virus. And what faces a child in this position?

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

The spectacular GDP growth recorded by some West African countries in the past 5 years is all of a sudden undermined by the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic has put under the spotlight the poor conditions of health systems in the region, but also the fragility of economic models measured only by Gross Domestic Product.

The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still Suffering

Cat Carter | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

It's a bicycle. The only thing I see under the stairs of one small home in the Gaza strip. A girl's small blue bicycle. A bit battered, had seen better days, but just a bicycle. Ahmad*, whose home it is, continues to point at it. I'm thoroughly bewildered. He stares at the bicycle. Then sits down heavily and starts speaking in slow, measured tones...

Risking a Lost Generation in the Middle East

Justin Forsyth | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Justin Forsyth

The psychological trauma inflicted when children lose their parents, see their homes destroyed, or experience torture, is not easily alleviated, particularly when they have to remain in the stressful and unfamiliar environment of a refugee camp. Save the Children's staff see the signs of this in places like Syria and Gaza, from night terrors and bed wetting to children who refuse to speak.

International Community Must Strenuously Push for a New Ceasefire in Gaza

Osama Damo | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Osama Damo

We sleep in the corridors where the building is strongest and jump at the slightest of sounds. The other day my wife put a bottle of water down loudly and I ducked for cover, thinking it was another air strike. Another time we heard a loud whistling noise and ran to the corridor, only to realise it was a car with a high-pitched engine going past. I have feared for my life too many times.