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Interview with Megan Mitchell – Australia's National Children's Commissioner

<a href="/articles/interview-with-megan-mitchell-%E2%80%93-australias-national-childrens-commissioner">Interview with Megan Mitchell – Australia&#039;s National Children&#039;s Commissioner</a>

This week, happychild had the privilege of speaking with Megan Mitchell, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner. We were interested to understand more about her role and what she has to say about the state of children’s rights in Australia after her first eight months on the job. Read full article

Movie About Life of Nelson Mandela at Sydney Cinema

<a href="/articles/movie-about-life-of-nelson-mandela-at-sydney-cinema">Movie About Life of Nelson Mandela at Sydney Cinema</a>

This is a fundraiser to support Tanya Allen and Yvette Vignando's travel to Africa to raise money for UNICEF. We are participating in UNICEF's Climb for Kids 2014. Long Walk to Freedom is a chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Read full article

He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.

<a href="/blogs/2013/10/10/he-stands-up-for-girls%E2%80%99-education-he%E2%80%99s-been-to-the-un-he%E2%80%99s-13">He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.</a>

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations as a day to recognize the challenges and power of girls. Josh Lorschy is a 13-year-old Australian boy living in Sydney. Josh was selected to be at the United Nations in New York when Malala Yousafzai delivered her petition and speech to the UN on the critical importance of educating girls. On International Day of the Girl Child, Josh shares his journey with happychild. Read full article

Free Range Parenting - Lucky To Have the Choice

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/09/18/free-range-parenting-lucky-to-have-the-choice">Free Range Parenting - Lucky To Have the Choice</a>

Jennifer Finney Boylan writes "We want to shield our children, but it's the worst thing we can do." She talks about her son's exchange trip in his senior year to Cape Town, of allowing him to bungee jump and sky dive, and knowing that in allowing our children to take calculated risks we build resilience, "the courage they need when those perils arise." We need to be mindful that when we grapple with how to provide our kids with opportunities to experience calculated risk ... what we are often talking about is less a problem than a product of our privilege. Read full article

If Child Labour is not Okay in Australia

<a href="/articles/if-child-labour-is-not-okay-in-australia">If Child Labour is not Okay in Australia</a>

Take a look at a table about the percentage of children in child labour around the world. It’s very confronting. Now think about this: there are over 4.1 million children in Australia under 15 years old. Imagine if over 780,000 of those were engaged in child labour – it would be intolerable. Yet across Asia and the Pacific, it’s estimated that 19% of children are working. Read full article

UNICEF Animation Explaining Children's Rights

<a href="/articles/unicef-animation-explaining-childrens-rights">UNICEF Animation Explaining Children&#039;s Rights</a>

UNICEF Australia has just released a short animation for children, their parents and teachers, to learn about child rights. The animation follows brother and sister, Jack and Ruby, and puts child rights into context using themes like bullying, poverty and the respect for another’s culture and beliefs. Read full article

Creating Room to Read

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/creating-room-to-read">Creating Room to Read</a>

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books. What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world," he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector-and succeeded spectacularly. Read full article

How to Give Good at Christmas - my Personal Recommendation

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/11/15/how-to-give-good-at-christmas-my-personal-recommendation">How to Give Good at Christmas - my Personal Recommendation</a>

It's my absolute pleasure to recommend you consider a UNICEF gift this Christmas. A gift that helps a vulnerable child seems a beautiful way to celebrate families getting together during the Chirstmas holiday season. And I love the name for this initiative: Give Good gifts. UNICEF gifts are delivered to the children who need it most. The gifts include polio vaccines, nutritional health supplements, educational tools, baby weigh scales, water pumps, bicycles for UNICEF field and community workers, emergency shelter and vital community infrastructure. Read full article

Why Girls' Education is Highest Returning Social Investment

<a href="/articles/why-girls-education-is-highest-returning-social-investment">Why Girls&#039; Education is Highest Returning Social Investment</a>

Kaisone is eighteen and lives in Salavan Province in southern Laos, a country where more than three-quarters of the population still survives on less than $2 per day. Just a few months before her sixth birthday, her mother passed away: "It was such a futile death . . . . on the long drive to the hospital after giving birth to my younger sister. I vowed then that I would study hard to become a doctor, so that the people in my village would not have to die because of poor access to medical aid." Read full article