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Saving Face: The struggle and survival of Afghan women updated: Fri May 18 2012 12:33:00

When 18-year-old Mumtaz walks into a room, the first thing you notice about her is the patchwork of painful puffy red scars that stretch across her face.

Child labor in sugar harvestupdated: Wed May 02 2012 09:21:00

CNN's Kyung Lah reports on child labor in sugar harvesting in the Philippines.

Life not sweet for Philippines' sugar cane child workersupdated: Wed May 02 2012 09:21:00

Barefoot and covered in dirt and sweat, 14-year-old Dante Campilan pulls weeds from orderly rows of sugar cane.

A child soldier's new lifeupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 07:47:00

A former Sudanese child solider talks about moving to the United States and becoming an actor and model.

South Sudan 'Lost boy' tells of hope for new nation updated: Wed Jan 04 2012 07:47:00

It's been almost two decades since I was separated from my family, my home and my past as a war child. Last year I was able to travel back to East Africa to find my parents, reconnect with others who survived the war and place my vote in the referendum that would eventually lead to the division of Sudan into two independent states.

U.S. funding cutoff will curtail U.N. agencyupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 17:08:00

The withholding of U.S. funding from UNESCO will make it "impossible" for the agency to maintain all its activities that help to educate and inform people in the developing world, Director-General Irina Bokova said Wednesday.

Teacher's extraordinary passion to help kidsupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 17:12:00

A Georgia teacher's passion and curiosity about her immigrant students' homelands led to a path that changed her life and those she's touched - forever.

Supporters give 'hug' to budget-pinched NYC librariesupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 23:06:00

A group of supporters encircled the New York Public Library's 42nd Street branch in Manhattan arm-in-arm Saturday to show their love.

Actress brings hope to Lebanese prisonersupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 10:42:00

Zeina Daccache is best known in Lebanon for her weekly stand-up comedy and political satire shows on national television.

Petraeus still backing July drawdown in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 15:06:00

The commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan continues to support the July 2011 drawdown date for troops in Afghanistan, but has not decided on the level of reductions yet, he told senators on Tuesday.

CNNMoney: How federal spending cuts trickle down to youupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 11:11:00

In their push to downsize the federal bureaucracy, Republican lawmakers are flooding the field with proposals to lower federal spending. But, in a twist, their cuts could hit state and local budgets the hardest.

Mother enrolls in first gradeupdated: Sat Jan 22 2011 00:48:00

A Pakistani mother enrolls in first grade to learn to read. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Pakistani mother enrolls in first gradeupdated: Sat Jan 22 2011 00:48:00

Rukhsana Batool doesn't quite look like her fellow first graders at an elementary school in this village in northwest Pakistan.

Arizona massacre suspect: 'Kind of a troubled past'updated: Sun Jan 09 2011 06:58:00

The 22-year-old man under arrest in Saturday's massacre in Arizona railed against government "mind control" and illiteracy in online missives and had "kind of a troubled past," as the local sheriff put it.

Subject Matters: Reading, writing -- and readying for testsupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 13:26:00

It's the best of times and the worst of times for English teachers as they find themselves more accountable than ever for the academic success of their students, while balancing new technologies that change time-honored practices of reading and writing. Here are some of the modern challenges that language arts teachers face in their classrooms.

Day care babies: More infections now, fewer laterupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 16:35:00

Nicole Longaro felt like she was at the pediatrician every other day when her now 3-year-old daughter, Alyssa, first started day care. Alyssa was 4 months old, and Longaro had to return to her job as a human resources manager for a large commercial bank.

'Hiccup girl' lawyer exploring brain disorder role in killingupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 09:43:00

The lawyer for the Florida teenager who gained fame three years ago as the "hiccup girl" and is now accused of murder said Wednesday that he will look into whether Tourette Syndrome or another brain disorder may have contributed to the crime.

Mexican community hit by landslide is home to 'never conquered' groupupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 22:29:00

Located in the mountainous northeast region of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec is home to 9,000 mostly indigenous people who live in very marginalized conditions.

Teaching kids to read from the back of a burroupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 19:41:00

To the unaccustomed eye, a man toting 120 books while riding a stubborn donkey would seem nothing short of a circus spectacle. But for hundreds of children in the rural villages of Colombia, Luis Soriano is far from a clown. He is a man with a mission to save rural children from illiteracy.

CNN Hero: Luis Sorianoupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 19:41:00

Teacher Luis Soriano is bringing reading education to children in rural Colombia on the backs of his donkeys.

Why the right side of your brain doesn't like Arabicupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 04:53:00

If you've ever struggled to learn Arabic or felt overwhelmed just looking its symbols, now you can blame science.

Why good jobs are going unfilledupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 20:32:00

We're getting to the point where even good news comes wrapped in bad news.

Don't let geographic illiteracy ruin your vacationupdated: Wed May 05 2010 09:44:00

Want to hear the latest stupid-passenger joke? Just hang out near the galley on your next flight, and you might catch the attendants poking fun at our gullibility -- and geographic illiteracy.

India: A republic with much left to accomplishupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 04:02:00

Power will belong to the people of India, Mahatma Gandhi envisioned for his country, then ruled by the British.

Big city left with no bookstoreupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 14:00:00

The bookstore was Zhuara Rivera's magical "Neverland." It offered a fairy tale world for 14-year-old Rivera to get lost in stories and words.

Intriguing people for January 18, 2010updated: Mon Jan 18 2010 08:08:00

George Clooney The Oscar-winning actor and other celebrities have signed on for a telethon to aid Haitian earthquake victims. "Hope for Haiti" will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday. MTV said Clooney will serve as a host in Los Angeles, California, while musician Wyclef Jean will be in New York, and CNN's Anderson Cooper will appear from Haiti.

Zimbabwe schools begin fightbackupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 17:09:00

Zimbabwe's education system is beginning to battle back from years of neglect and an exodus of teachers.

Learning to read? Try talking to a dogupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 16:50:00

Meet Bailey. She's a registered therapy dog, but you won't find her in hospitals or nursing homes. Instead, Bailey makes weekly visits to libraries and schools. She sits quietly or snuggles up to kids as they read her a book. And no, she's not napping, and the kids don't have treats in their pockets. She's actually helping these children learn to read.

Volunteering with therapy dogsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 16:50:00

iReporter Jennifer Sias volunteered at the West Virginia Book Festival and happened upon a therapy animal program.

Zimbabwe education crumblingupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 14:14:00

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports from Zimbabwe where teachers and students struggle to overcome.

Liquid specs a bold vision for world's poorupdated: Sun Sep 20 2009 00:58:00

In the developing world millions of people struggle to operate machinery, read from a blackboard, or just see the world around them, because they don't have access to the eyeglasses they need.

SI.com: Ex-coach Demers appointed to Canadian Senateupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 17:41:00

MONTREAL (AP) -- Jacques Demers, the Stanley Cup-winning coach who has spoken frankly about his lifelong battle with illiteracy, was appointed Thursday to the Canadian Senate.

Fortune: How to save the world at workupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 16:42:00

Dear Annie: Call me an old hippie (I served in the Peace Corps in the late '60s), but I've always wished I could find a job that would let me make a decent living while also doing some real good for someone.

Feeding kids' minds: a moral obligation?updated: Fri Jun 19 2009 13:47:00

At first, the children's eyes light up with anticipation.

Survey: More than half can't find heart on body diagramupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 11:41:00

If home is where the heart is, a new survey suggests that most people aren't sure exactly where they live. More than half of people cannot pinpoint the exact location of the human heart on a diagram, and nearly 70 percent can't correctly identify the shape of the lungs, according to the survey.

Toronto safety drill provides inadvertent testupdated: Thu May 21 2009 16:34:00

It was just a drill. But at first glance, it looked a lot like a possible terror attack.

FSB: Better World's books talk backupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 11:47:00

Buying books on the Internet involves a familiar procedure: Browse, add to cart, check out and await delivery. So when Christy Mann, a third-year student at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., placed an order on the Web site betterworldbooks.com, she was surprised to receive an e-mail that purportedly came from the used book she'd just purchased.

Could 'Reader' controversy hurt Oscar chances?updated: Fri Feb 20 2009 17:33:00

One major contender's chances at Oscar gold may be damaged due to its sensitive subject matter.

McKiernan: Extra forces could stay in Afghanistan 5 yearsupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 22:58:00

Gen. David McKiernan, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, predicted Wednesday that the additional 17,000 U.S. military forces to be sent to Afghanistan will remain there for as long as five years.

Commentary: Michelle Obama, stir up the White House!updated: Tue Nov 25 2008 12:27:00

A few weeks into Barack Obama's victory lap, Michelle Obama's already under the microscope. And I'm part of the dissecting team.

Top 10 CNN Heroes revealedupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 13:14:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper reveals the 10 CNN Heroes finalists for 2008. Viewers will vote for Hero of the Year.

CNN Heroes: Yohannes Gebregeorgisupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 09:44:00

Ethiopia native brings free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of children in his homeland.

From 'Love Kitten' to child literacyupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 09:44:00

At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever.

Time.com: India's Grassroots Teachersupdated: Wed Oct 08 2008 04:00:00

Volunteers and NGOs are setting up classrooms across India to try supplement a national education system that they say does not make the grade

Time.com: Laura Bush Hosts Her Final National Book Festivalupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 14:00:00

After leaving the White House, the nation's "reader in chief," Laura Bush, plans to continue promoting literacy through the United Nations and the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas

Time.com: Africa's Lions of the Scrabble Boardupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 17:00:00

When it comes to the World Championship of the French-language version of the erudite board game, Senegal is the team to beat

From 'untouchable' to role modelupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 10:50:00

At birth, Usha Chaumar's life story had already been written.

Time.com: Colo. Lawmaker Defends Racial Insultupdated: Tue Apr 22 2008 11:00:00

A Colorado legislator was ordered to leave the podium of the state House of Representatives on Monday because he called Mexican workers "illiterate peasants"

Learn English or go to jailupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 10:30:00

As part of a sentence, a judge mandates that two Pennsylvania criminals learn the English language. WBRE's Mike Trim reports.

In Pakistan politics, symbolism mattersupdated: Mon Feb 18 2008 01:45:00

Athlas Khan says he wants to vote for people who are honest in Pakistan's upcoming general elections. Sporting a warm smile from under his turban, the elderly rickshaw driver adds that he wants to vote for those who are working for Allah and Prophet Mohammad.

Time.com: India's Black Market Organ Scandalupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 08:55:00

Shocked but not surprised seems to sum up Indian reaction to a transplant ring harvesting kidneys from laborers

For a girl in rural India, education is a difficult pursuitupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 00:42:00

Anuradha Rathore knows of no women doctors in her native village or its surrounding area.

Fortune: Word powerupdated: Wed Jan 17 2007 15:40:00

Problem: Illiteracy is widespread and instructors aren't cheap.

Fortune: Tools for better livingupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 07:24:00

New devices and ideas are remaking our world. Here are seven brilliant, practical inventions.

Fortune: Building a cell phone for the massesupdated: Fri Dec 01 2006 16:30:00

While the tech world is buzzing about Nicholas Negroponte's prototype for a $100 personal computer aimed at the emerging world, cell phone makers and their suppliers have been finding ways to make ever cheaper wireless devices for the same markets.

Put a plug in the summer brain drainupdated: Thu Jun 29 2006 15:58:00

Though they may have left their textbooks behind when school ended, kids at Harlem RBI, a youth development program in East Harlem, New York, have no plans to leave behind what they have learned over the past nine months.

Fortune: Online scams create "Yahoo! millionaires"updated: Thu Jun 01 2006 09:43:00

Akin is, like many things in cyberspace, an alias. In real life he's 14. He wears Adidas sneakers, a Rolex Submariner watch, and a kilo of gold around his neck.

Inside the autistic mindupdated: Sun May 07 2006 12:05:00

The road to Hannah's mind opened a few days before her 13th birthday.

Tyrrell: Oil and Oily Republicansupdated: Thu Apr 27 2006 17:24:00

Do my eyes deceive me? Am I reading that President George W. Bush has joined with the Republican leadership to call for investigation of the oil companies in light of soaring oil and gas prices? Oil hit $75 a barrel recently and apparently transformed the Republicans into Democrats, Democrats of the Charles Schumer and Jean-Francois Kerry variety.

Why DNA exonerations may get rarerupdated: Mon Sep 26 2005 17:42:00

Justice, it seems, has an expiration date. Luis Diaz last month became one of a handful of Florida prisoners -- and one of 99 nationwide -- exonerated by DNA testing since 2000.

Afghanistan situation 'perilous'updated: Mon Feb 21 2005 21:32:00

A new report warns more must be done to help Afghanistan emerge from poverty or it risks slipping back into chaos.

Software offers hope for dyslexicsupdated: Fri Feb 11 2005 08:13:00

Dyslexia sufferers showed "small but significant improvements" in their reading abilities while testing computer software designed to treat the condition, scientists have reported.

Then & Now: Pat Irelandupdated: Mon Jan 24 2005 05:52:00

Financial planner Pat Ireland would have been happy if the rest of the country had never heard of him or his high school. But on April 20, 1999, Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, became infamous when two heavily armed students opened fire on students and faculty.

Cool Norway best place to chillupdated: Fri Jul 16 2004 02:39:00

It may get down to chilly sub-zero temperatures in mid-winter, but the cold climate country of Norway remains the best place in the world to live, according to the latest research by the United Nations.

A cornerstone of the worldupdated: Thu Jul 08 2004 11:20:00

Forget about the murky miasma of an election year for a minute. Look at the rungs up the document ladder of what we are pleased to call democracy: the Bill of Rights; the Constitution; the Declaration of Independence.

Ray Charles dead at 73 updated: Thu Jun 10 2004 15:46:00

Ray Charles, the innovative singer and pianist whose combinations of blues and gospel pioneered soul music and earned him the nickname "the Genius," has died. He was 73.

Fortune: Overcoming Dyslexiaupdated: Mon May 13 2002 00:01:00

Consider the following four dead-end kids.

Fortune: Readers Speak Out On Illiterate MBAs and Moreupdated: Mon Mar 01 1999 00:01:00

Every now and then, something in this space strikes a real nerve with many hundreds of people who seem to have been waiting for any chance to spout off about it. That's what I'm here for. Spout awa...

Fortune: FACT VS. FICTION updated: Mon Jun 10 1991 00:01:00

MYTH: By the year 2000, working white males will be practically extinct. FACT: The labor force is changing, but slowly. In 1990, white males comprised 47% of the work force; in the year 2000, they ...

Fortune: A Big Apple for the teachers, the latest diabolical plot against conservatives, a perfect score in India. LIGHTEN UP, AMERICAupdated: Mon Dec 03 1990 00:01:00

In which Kindly Dr. Keeping Up seemingly belies his sobriquet with a call for more insensitivity up and down the land. Dear Doc: Other than a certain affinity for Attilaism, what could possibly pos...

Fortune: GET READY FOR THE NEW WORK FORCE If demographics are destiny, companies that aggressively hire, train, and promote women and minupdated: Mon Apr 23 1990 00:01:00

HAROLD EPPS, who runs the Digital Equipment Corp. plant that makes computer keyboards, manages the work force of the future. The Boston factory's 350 employees come from 44 countries and speak 19 l...

Fortune: TODAY'S LEADERS LOOK TO TOMORROW MANAGING STEPHEN A. GARRISON WANTED: EIGHT MILLION EDUCATED WORKERSupdated: Mon Mar 26 1990 00:01:00

If we maintain today's ratio of employees to population, we will have 15.6 million new workers in the year 2000. That's not enough: Assuming a moderate GNP growth rate of 2.9%, we will have 23.8 mi...

Fortune: A STRATEGIC GUIDE TO THE RIMupdated: Mon Nov 13 1989 00:01:00

They vary strikingly in size, shape, and political stripe. Yet the Pacific Rim countries developing fastest share an aptitude for melding new Western technologies with old Oriental virtues -- disci...

Money Magazine: The ABCs of Making Itupdated: Mon Jun 01 1987 00:01:00

James Underwood memorized every question in the driver's license handbook, then persuaded the exam administrator to test him orally. ''People who can't read and write have very good memories,'' he ...

Fortune: IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU CAN SET UP A LITERACY PROGRAM updated: Mon Sep 29 1986 00:01:00

Say you want to set up an on-the-job literacy program. Various experts, consultants, and vendors in every major city will be glad to help you out. For starters it is a good idea to retain a consult...

Fortune: CORPORATIONS TAKE AIM AT ILLITERACY Faced with the need for better-educated employees, many companies are becoming teachers of lupdated: Mon Sep 29 1986 00:01:00

A BEARDED MAN with burly arms, Mo Murphy, 40, seems typecast as a heavy-press operator, a job in which he earns around $13.50 an hour at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He speaks, ...

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