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posted by Roy Huijsmans

UNESCO reports that ‘data show that progress on reducing the number of children out-of-school has stalled‘. It notes that as of 2010, 61 million children of primary school age and another 71 million children of lower secondary school age were still out of school.  

It is for these reasons that the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, in collaboration with UNICEF has launched a global initiative on out of school children. This includes an ‘e-atlas of out-of-school children’.

This UNESCO eAtlas can be used to:
-Compare and view two maps simultaneously;
-Animate maps to show change over time;
-View all data in ranking tables and charts alongside maps; and
-Export maps and data for use in presentations and more.


Category: social media

21 Jun 2012

posted by Roy Huijsmans

‘Every week, someone in Sweden is @Sweden: sole ruler of the world’s most democratic Twitter account. For seven days, he or she recommends things to do and places to see, sharing diverse opinions, and ideas along the way. After that, someone else does the same – but differently. Follow all nine million of us. Welcome to Sweden’

This is the Curators of Sweden project in a nutshell, which, as a government project, proudly declares that Sweden is the first country in the world to establish a national Twitter account which is in the hands of its citizens. The project is rooted in the idea that in a globalised world, how a country is perceived abroad has become increasingly important, and by establishing this national Twitter the project envisions that a different picture(s) of Sweden is painted that the those obtained through traditional media.

Not everyone can become a Curator, one’s got to be nominated and has to be Twitter literate. Whilst this has not lead to young curators solely (in fact the oldest Curator was 60 years), many of the people behind the @sweden account have been young people providing the world with some insight into what it means to ‘be young and Swedish’.

Internship positions

Category: jobs/interns

21 Jun 2012

The following may be of interest to CYS graduates:

*Eurochild, Belgium is looking for an ‘Information and Communications Intern‘. It’s a 6-months paid position, starting in September 2012.

*Eurochild, Belgium is also looking for a ‘Policy Intern’. Again a remunerated 6-months position starting in September 2012.

Roy Huijsmans

Over the past few days the Guardian featured some articles about an apparent spread of ‘baby boxes’ in Europe (see here and here and here). Whilst the numbers of such ‘boxes’ and babies abandoned in these ‘boxes’ may have increased over the past decade, the overall numbers remain relatively low. Still, these ‘baby boxes’ have stirred much debate, with both proponents and opponents claiming children’s rights discourse. The former pointing at a child’s rights to life that is saved by such boxes, whilst the latter argue that it violates a child’s rights to be able to identify their parents. The legal dimension is further complicated by different legal stances on women’s right to remain anonymous after giving birth, which is granted in, for example, the Netherlands and France, whilst secretly abandoning a child constitutes a criminal offence in the UK. Next to debates about ‘competing rights’, there is the social policy dimension, in which it is argued that better state provisioning of family planning, counselling for women and support for unplanned pregnancies would render any such baby boxes unnecessary.

Post-Doc at NOSEB

Category: Uncategorized

3 Jun 2012

The Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB), which hosts the journal Childhood, is advertising a three year post-doctoral position in the area of Childhood Studies. The post-doctoral project should be related to one of the following themes:

  • Childhood, Culture and Society
  • Media and Consumption
  • Rights, Health and Welfare
  • Day Care, School and Leisure
  • Poverty


Some weeks ago the 2012-13 Masters’ group in Children and Youth Studies went on a fieldtrip to Italy. Visiting Rome and Florence, the latter including a visit to the Unicef’s Innocenti Research Centre. Curious about this trip? Hani Shehada, one the current participants, put together an excellent impression: CYS 2012 Italy

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