Issue

Children and Youth

Throughout the world, wherever there is conflict or poverty, it is most likely the children and adolescents who are the most vulnerable. Their lives are endangered; their education is interrupted, and their health is compromised. Many are left homeless. Safety, play, and recreation are foreign concepts.

Pulitzer Center journalists examine the challenges children face—and explore some of the solutions. They detail the lives of children in conflict and the rehabilitation of child soldiers, the struggle of girls to obtain an education coupled with their determination and perseverance, the risks young refugees take as they leave home—and the opportunities afforded to some.

 

Children and Youth

Visiting Day

In the United States, one in 28 kids has a parent in jail or prison. A California program called Get on the Bus helps families stay connected.

Myanmar: When Child Soldiers Retire

In Myanmar the use of child soldiers remains commonplace but under increasing international pressure small numbers of them are being released from service, returning to parents who thought them dead.

China: Students With Disabilities

China has committed to nine years of education for all children, but students with physical disabilities often confront discrimination. How do these students access education?

A Free Meal: India’s School Lunch Program

India’s Midday Meal program feeds 120 million poor and malnourished children. Despite rampant mismanagement, corruption and inefficiencies, it benefits some of the country’s poorest communities.

Who Takes Care of Nanny's Children?

When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years before she sees her own children again.