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bird TenX: 10 African children making a global impact

bird TenX: 10 African children making a global impact

AFRICA stands out as the continent with the youngest population globally. In 2023, about 40 percent of its inhabitants were aged 15 years or younger. According to UN estimates, the number of Africans aged 17 and below reached approximately 650 million in 2021. These statistics underscore the huge human resource opportunity in the continent that can be leveraged to increase productivity and accelerate the continent’s economic growth. With the continent readying to celebrate the ‘Day of the African Child’ on June 16, bird story agency highlights ten African children or children groups that have not only made a global impact…
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Happy smiling African children: why school tourism in Zimbabwe shouldn’t be encouraged

Happy smiling African children: why school tourism in Zimbabwe shouldn’t be encouraged

A large, air-conditioned bus draws up outside a school. Tourists, most from Europe and the US, disembark, cameras at the ready. Some have brought gifts: packages of pens and pencils. They distribute these to the children, who spontaneously begin singing and dancing. KATHLEEN SMITHERS, Lecturer, Charles Sturt University This scene and others like it play out in schools around the world. It’s called school tourism. It’s similar to orphanage tourism and so-called “slum” tourism, in which tourists visit orphanages or “slums” in poor countries to witness poverty and suffering. These sorts of tourism come with several ethical problems: photography of…
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