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PBS

Broadcast TV News / Over 15 Minutes

Harsville, South Carolina is trying to better its educational program. But first it must change the standard of living in the town to provide greater examples of success for the children to follow.

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A Book in Every Home, and Then Some

The New York Times

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Lack of reading material is not only a third-world problem - many poor families in the United States lack access to and funds for books. A program that helps get books to into the homes of low-income families can boost literacy, and help publishers, too.

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A Boost for the World's Poorest Schools

The New York Times

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How can rural African children learn to read when there are no books in their languages? Save the Children helps kids to create their own books, creating a homemade library for their village.

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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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An Untapped Force in the Fight for Literacy

The New York Times

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Teaching reading skills to children early is crucial, especially with respect to their educational success later in life. School systems are switching reading programs to help underachieving students have one on one time with a tutor.

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Back to School

This American Life

Podcast / Over 15 Minutes

As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids.

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Beyond Ribbon-Cutting

The New York Times

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Two columns introducing Fixes and presenting a program that provides African health ministries with reliable motorcycle transportation, highlighting the importance of challenges NGOs often overlook, such as reliable delivery.

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Fear of Profit

The New York Times

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Businesses with a social goal walk a line between being a charity or profit seekers. Collaboration of the business sector, government, and non-profits can help keep a balance.

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For Ambitious Nonprofits, Capital to Grow

The New York Times

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Funding with too many strings attached makes it hard for non-profits to grow and be impactful. An American organization, N.F.F., is finding ways to finance non-profits likes companies.

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Clean Water at No Cost? Just Add Carbon Credits

The New York Times

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The company that manufactures Lifestraw, a water purification device, has found a way to distribute their product to impoverished Kenyan families for free, while still making a profit. In the global carbon credit market, businesses receive carbon credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas em...

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