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A By-the-E-Book Education, for $5 a Month

The New York Times

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For-profit companies are making good private schools available even to Africa’s poor. They can do it – and can do it on an enormous scale – by hiring neighborhood residents to teach, and scripting out every word of every lesson on an e-reader.

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Africa's Girl Power

The New York Times

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Education is far from a given for poor, rural Africans. But a group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

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A Team Approach to Get Students College Ready

The New York Times

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Blue Engine, which places recent college grads as full-time teaching assistants in New York City public schools, is helping poor students thrive in college. They focus on small teacher-student ratios, frequent feedback for teachers, and a concentration on 'gateway' courses associated with success...

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Closing the Math Gap for Boys

The New York Times

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Inner-city kids, generally, fare worst on measures of academic achievement like standardized tests. An intensive tutoring and mentoring program in Chicago has produced big improvements for kids.

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Female Veterans pose homeless challenge for VA

Women's eNews

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Female veterans are more likely to have a history of trauma, be unemployed, and be homeless. To address this disparity, the VA has started awarding grants to organizations that help female vets.

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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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Girls Tweeting (Not Twerking) Their Way to Power

The New York Times

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Sexual assault, rape, and sexism are social problems that young women face and many feel powerless to create change. Non-profit organizations such as SPARK and WAM have trained teenage girls to be advocates for themselves. Online campaigns and social media have also made teenage girls feel empow...

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Grameen Bank and the Public Good

The New York Times

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The Bangladesh government seeks to take control of the Grameen Bank, the world’s biggest microlender and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for offering small loans to poor village women. The seizure threatens the bank’s independence, the millions of impoverished villagers who own the loans, and the...

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How football moved the goalposts for girls in rural India

The Guardian

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Girls in India are sometimes forced into the prospects of child marriage, prostitution, or slave labor; alternatively, families often teach girls to be wives and mothers. To empower girls to make their own choices, Yuwa, an NGO based in India, introduces girls to sports for social development. Y...

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In Egypt, Sowing Seeds of Gender Equality

The New York Times

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Muslim women in Egypt are expected to marry young and to stay close to home, and if they do not, they can be subjected to abuse or heavy criticism by men in the household. Save the Children’s Choices program offers educational workshop sessions for boys and girls, ages 10 to 14, which help them e...

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