It started with a challenge: a group of IT students from Skopje, Macedonia, wondered how they could break down a huge set of data to make it easily accessable for young students. The result? Climate for Children - a multiply awarded set of interactive multimedia applications that support young students' understanding of climate change through interactive gaming. Team Leader Darko Bozinoski tells us the story behind Climate for Children and his personal motivation to engage for social change.
Life Needs Internet is an art project about the impact and the rise of digital technology on cultures today. In the latest In Focus interview we spoke to founder Jeroen van Loon whose project was given distinction at the European Youth Award 2012.
Mathias Haas is the founder of Findia, a charity, art and journalism project from Austria recently given distinction at the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) 2012. The project enables young Austrians to visit India and discover the real ways of life as opposed to mainstream media interpretations. We met Mathias at the WSYA ceremony in Canada and asked him about his passion to open young people's minds to different cultures.
English schools have seen a rapid decline in the number of pupils studying foreign languages after the age of 14. The debate continues across the country as to whether foreign languages should be more actively encouraged in schools or whether lessons are even necessary at all.
In his previous article Abdeldjalil Bellil reported about the perspectives of the Algerian youth on the "Harga" - the Algerian word to describe illegal emigration to Europe. In his follow up article he tells the story of Khaled, who has twice escaped Algeria but now doesn’t want to make a third attempt.
Every day, a stream of people from Germany and other European countries come to the Netherlands to see not only the touristy side of the country, but to also sit in the coffee shops and enjoy cannabis. In the near future, this will not be possible anymore – the Dutch government has a declared a war on “drug tourism”.
Many people in this world try to help people in need. Some are motivated by the prospect of fame, money or profit, but others truly care and accomplish something special. One of these people is Andriy Matvienko – a talented dance teacher with a kind smile.
Selling alcohol, cigarettes, candy and newspaper is Adem's everyday job. The Turkish man is a husband and a father of two girls. He owns a small 'kiosk', a shop in Münster, Germany, and runs it by himself. This is the portrait of a strong man accepting his 'kismet' (destiny).
They feel so desperate about their lives that running away seems like their only option. They take the highest of all risks upon them, their lives, just to make it across the ocean to Europe: Harga is the world that describes illegal emigration in Algeria.