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.
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.
31% of Columbians are currently subemployed, with the rate of unemployment at 11.6%, according to the National Administration Department of Statistics. This means that there are 19,748,000 people struggling to make money by using their own resources or inventing new low quality jobs.
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.
Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union from 1922 until 1991, and 95% of its citizens can therefore speak Russian. The language is so common that people don’t even see it as foreign. But when it comes to the global language of English, nearly 60% of Ukrainians between 40-70 years old, and especially those living in small cities, don’t understand it at all.
One out of every eight children in Mexico currently works. More specifically, almost 4 million of the 29 million children between the ages of five and 17 are involved in child labor according to the most recent official figures. While child labor occurs nationwide, 24 percent of it takes place in just three states: The State of Mexico, Jalisco and Puebla. In fact, every fifth child in the state of Puebla is forced to work, according to UNICEF.
Children are the future of every nation. However not all children are treated equally and receive attention from society in the same way. Especially in developing countries an alarming number of children are exposed to the streets. A case study of street children in Vietnam and Mexico.
Over the past years many things have become much more expensive in Israel. In fact, the average expenditure of food in Israel is now 35% higher than 3 years ago (5.5 times more than in most of the European countries). So how can cheese, cottage cheese to be more specific, change the situation? The story that proves one person can begin a protest and change things.