29 September 2017 - A report finds significant improvement is being made in human rights in Somalia, but it notes huge challenges to continued progress, compounded by conflict, drought and poverty, remain to be overcome.

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Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:38

ZIMBABWE: Ailing economy fuelling child labour

9 January 2014 - The company closures, downsizings and retrenchments that have led to the demise of Zimbabwe’s manufacturing sector in the past decade, and particularly in recent months, are forcing parents and guardians to send their children out to work to augment household incomes, say labour experts and economists.

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18 october 2012 - Almost 40% of South Africa’s population is younger than 18 years old, and most South African children are poor. That’s what the 7th annual Child Gauge report boils down to: the data that tells us what life is like for SA kids.

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At the age of 15 and with no money for school shoes or a uniform, Linda* was forced to accept that her education was over and it was time to look for a job.

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The African statistical community Monday adopted the Robben Island Declaration on Statistical Development with the ambition of using statistics to help free the continent from poverty.

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Poverty, abuse and cultural practices are preventing a third of Zimbabwean girls from attending primary school and 67 percent from attending secondary school, denying them a basic education, according to a recent study which found alarming dropout rates for girls.

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Thursday, 12 May 2011 11:21

SOUTH AFRICA: Poor marks for education

 

Instead of providing much needed opportunities, South Africa’s ailing education system is keeping children from poor households at the back of the job queue and locking families into poverty for another generation.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011 11:12

CHAD: Children conscripted by poverty

 

“My father is old. At home we did not have enough for everyone, so I wanted to better our situation and join the army to help my family and my mother... After one year with the armed group FSR [Front for the Salvation of the Republic], I became commander of a group of 50 fighters. Maybe I was made the commander because I am literate; I could write and read. Then I had to join the government forces when our commander... decided to join the Chadian government.”

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Taking a walk in my neighbourhood one day, I witnessed a case in which a pregnant girl was dumped at a home where the man responsible for the pregnancy stays.

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Thursday, 24 February 2011 07:21

SOUTH AFRICA: Nation Failing Its Poor Children

 

South Africa's world-class government-led programmes are failing to reach poor children on the margins, according to child experts.

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