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What Happened? - Millennium Development Goals

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MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were eight time-bound goals providing concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.

The MDGs included goals and targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality, environmental degradation and the Global Partnership for Development.

Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000 with the attention of being achieved by 2015, the MDGs were both global and local, tailored by each country to suit specific development needs. 

The eight MDGs below in turn broke down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators.

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

What's Happening? - Childhood
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Halcyon Impacts 19 October 2016

Please visit this page regularly for significant developments concerning childhood.

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WHAT TRENDS ARE WE SEEING?

This chart shows life expectancy mapped against number of children per woman for each country in the world.  Over time, most countries have moved towards the bottom right corner of the chart, corresponding to long lives and low fertility.

On Craft

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The Tinkering School allows children to build, experiment, become deeply immersed in and committed to projects (decoration has a special and surprising role to play).

Do many mainstream schools (still) offer such opportunities? If not, how can we help them do so?

Imagine too how many adults remain short of confidence about their own practical skills, and how such an approach might help them too.

On Calvin and Hobbes

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"Possibly the best comic strip EVER in the history of the entire universe", claimed one commentator.

I think Dennis the Menace (in its heydey), Gaston Lagaffe and one or others may occupy the same pantheon as Calvin and Hobbes, but there is little doubt that, for all those of us who have been deeply touched by the warmth, humour, sheer humanity with which Bill Watterson blessed us over so many years, these creations occupy a very special place in our hearts.

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We don't need a god to weigh our souls at the end of our lives and judge us harshly for our shortcomings - only children - Alain de Botton http://twitter.com/alaindebotton

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If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money - John Updike

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I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it - Harry Truman

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Every child begins the world again - Henry David Thoreau